The trails are still covered with snow. Cross-country skiing is pretty much the best way to pass the time while staying active through these cold, wintry days. We were able to get an impressive total of 18 people (not all at once, but people came and went throughout the day) out for a trip at Madeline Bertrand County Park this Saturday. We had a mix of experience levels, but it didn’t take too long for the newbies to catch up. We skied the green loop once and the yellow loop twice, while various sub-groups split off to ski more or fewer miles than the main group. Snow conditions were perfect and an unusual weekend warm front made the air temperature tolerable. Once we had our fill of the trails, we headed to Mango Cafe for a feast of delicious Venezuelan arepas, empanadas, fried yucca, plantains, and other various fried, cheese-filled creations.
The Madeline Bertrand/St. Joseph ski trails, which are accessible from either of those parks, are well groomed, pretty entertaining, and a very short drive from town. They rent out skis and have a cozy warming lodge with a fire place and bird-watching window.