Woods & Mountains

One Family's Backcountry Misadventures

A true story of winter survival ... and fun!
By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: October 7, 2011
When old friends issued an invitation to share a cabin for a weekend of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, I jumped at the idea. Spending time with people I don’t see enough while engaging in an activity I don’t do enough sounded perfect. And hadn’t I been meaning to get my family out on skinny skis?
    I’m the only Nordic skier in the family. My husband Jason, and our children, Abbie (10) and Milo (7), prefer the pace and ease of downhill, but I argued that they really hadn’t tried cross-country, or not recently. I sold the idea around the dinner table to an underwhelmed audience: “I promise; it’ll be great!”
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