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On ice-skiing and feeling rather lost & disoriented (#projectBrno blog post) - Liam's write-only LJ
January 11th, 2017
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On ice-skiing and feeling rather lost & disoriented (#projectBrno blog post)

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From:vatine
Date:January 11th, 2017 09:41 am (UTC)
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I suspect the snow cover on lakes is heavily dependent on "size" and "local geography". I'm used to most of the "not withing 5-10 metres of shore" of Lake Mäaren being essentially snow-free simply from low-level insistent wind transporting the snow shorewards, leaving at most a very thin snow layer. Unless it's been a recent and heavy snow, of course.

You might want to consider trying long-distance skates, they're slightly less prone to "falling over" than either figure-skating or hockey skates are (the former have interestingly sharp bits to intentionally bite into the ice for some moves; the latter have a slight curve, to facilitate turning at speed). The long-distance skates tend to have very long and flat runners, for speed and stability.

And for everything that is precious to you, always carry a probe pole with you, the ice cover should always be considered of unknown (and probably too thin) thickness until you have disproven that fact (although with skis, you do exert lower ice pressure).
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From:lproven
Date:January 17th, 2017 12:51 pm (UTC)
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Interesting! Depends on the windiness. This is a sheltered country -- I've never felt what I consider strong winds, and anything more than a gentle breeze is very unusual. Probably comes from being so far from the sea, and the ring of mountains.

I'd not try ice skiing anywhere there weren't already hordes of people. I was nervous enough already and this is far outside my experience or skill zone as it is!

I suspect that my middle-ear bike-crash damage means I'll never be able to learn to skate, on ice or land. My sense of balance is badly damaged, and assymetrically across both ears. It took months of physio to be able to stand and walk without randomly falling -- I didn't notice and couldn't tell I was going over until the world started to go sideways.
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