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April Nordic Skiing

Posted at: 04/23/2013 6:13 PM
Updated at: 04/24/2013 10:49 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
lkennedy@wdio.com

Not everyone is thrilled about the 50 plus inches of snow that's fallen on the Northland this month. But nordic skiiers like Steve Eyer are enjoying every flake.

"I'm gonna do a little skiing. Heck, we've got a lot of fresh snow and winter stayed around," Eyer said. "I'm going with the season that God's given me here because it isn't spring."

What a difference a year makes. From the winter of no snow, to heaps of the white stuff everywhere you look.

"This is the latest I've ever skiied," Eyer said. "I keep track of it and this is late."

"A year ago I was kayaking and canoeing on this date," said Mary Beth Nevers of Duluth.

The challenge of spring skiing, though, is picking the right time to go.

"It's variable. It changes," Nevers said. "As the temperature changes so does the snow. So right now it's going to be slow and sticky."

"It melts overnight and it freezes and it gets really fast so you can't get out too early and you can't get out too late," Eyer said. "Usually by late morning it's getting soft."

The melting and freezing can't be helped, but Snowflake Nordic Ski Center owner George Hovland cranked up his snowmobile to make the trails a little more skiier friendly.

"What we tried to do was take the air out of the snow because we got ten to twelve inches," Hovland said. "We gotta get it packed so skiiers can actually ski after what we've done with the snowmobiles."

Who knows how long this April snow will last, but if you're looking for the silver lining in this late winter, you might as well head out on the trails.