Walking on Water – Lake Sunapee in Winter

If life hands you lemons…make lemonade!IMG_6862IMG_6864Well, if you’re a skier this winter has been a bust.  Every time we should have gotten a nice snowstorm, we’ve gotten a downpour instead.  It’s just the opposite of last year.  But after each downpour, it’s gotten very cold, and that has meant the lake ice has been very good for most of February.  Great for a skate, or as the pictures show, skate-surfing or para-skating or whatever device you can imagine.

Lake Sunapee Lighthouse

Lake Sunapee Lighthouse

Last weekend (and this) I got out onto Lake Sunapee, about 8 miles long and 1-2 wide, and higher in elevation than most of the large lakes in the state.  As you can see, there were plenty of other folks with similar thoughts.  Surprisingly there were very few bob houses and ice fishermen so we had the lake to ourselves.

View towards Mt. Sunapee

View towards Mt. Sunapee

I’ve only taken up nordic skating for the last few years but there’s a small dedicated group of enthusiasts who let each other know where conditions are at their best.  Skating on lakes is so much more fun than going in circles at a rink.  Yes, there are things to look out for: open water, pressure ridges (large cracks much like tectonic plates), and thin spots, but it’s really quite safe.  And when conditions are right it is simply incredible, like skating on glass.

A lakeside estate - note the lack of snow!

A lakeside estate – note the lack of snow!

Last week I started mid-lake and skated to the north end and back and this week I started at the beach in Mt. Sunapee State Park and skated around the southern end.  What fun!  Not only are the views great, but the ice itself develops fascinating patterns and shapes.  It’s tough to decide whether to look up or down – it’s all good!  Here’s a sampling:

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I’ll leave you with a few photos of early morning skating right in my home town.  Happy travels!20160303_163256 20160301_080216

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