Last Saturday was rainy in Missoula, but it was blue skies up at the Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Trails! We had 17 matches join us for a beautiful day of cross country skiing, snowball fights, and wilderness immersion.
We were fortunate enough to have a crew of experienced ski instructors from Missoula and Seeley teach us the basics of nordic skiing. After learning how to stay upright, we learned how to turn, stop, and even how to fall correctly!
Despite our initial lack of experience, everyone was cruising by the end of the day!
It just so happened that the Seeley Lake Trails were hosting a biathlon on the same day we were there. Nordic skiing’s historic roots were clearly represented in the sport’s combination of skiing and target shooting. It was also inspiring to see so many talented skiers using trails in our own backyard!
After a lunch of pizza from Seeley Lake Pizza Co., some of us hit the trails again while others couldn’t resist a good ol’ fashion snowball fight!
A big thanks to everyone that made this trip possible! Special thanks to our volunteer instructors, Seeley Lake ROCKS!, and Beach Transportation, as well as Montana Wilderness Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center! Stay tuned for our next Outdoor Explorers trip: on February 28th we’re headed to the Bitterroot Valley to do some snowshoeing and wildlife tracking.
As always, keep exploring!