I didn't actually know that was possible ... but yes, cross-country skiing can be extrem. OK, less extrem than ski jumping (there was a competition this day):

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Where is Charlie?

But still! The weather was perfect to get tanned, but not exactly easy for beginners in cross-country (like me).

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Bad waxing means very slow and exhausting activity ... but also plenty of time to enjoy the scenery :-)

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Still, everyhting was almost OK ... until the "sonday slope" led me to wild terrain, where my skis & skills became REALLY hopeless.

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Not prepared slope meant that day hard, icy snow, and a mess for tracks:

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Well, even with this hard-packed snow, the spring managed to show off, and I discovered my first lakes of the year:

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... some "islands" as well :-)

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And after many, many, many falls, the easy part started ... at last! Following a river:

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... crossing it:

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... and reaching the (still a bit) frozen lake, to enjoy safe speed and easy skating:

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Well, that was a hard-but-nice day ;-)

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... and guess what ... I leave on a seminar in Swedish mountains next week ... and we have one day-off for ... cross-country (!).