Greetings to everyone at Travellerspoint!
Seeing that this is the off topic forum, I decided to ask everyone what the weather is like RIGHT NOW, while you are reading this, to make a sort of global-weather-commonness amongst the posters!
In Calgary, Canada, right now it is a clear night (yes, I'm a night owl) and about three degrees Celcius. We are in the middle of a chinook
So now it's you turn! What's the weather like Come on, don't be shy
about 18 degrees Celcius at 11 PM at night -- it's been an absolutely beautiful day in Melbourne today btw.. pardon my ignorance, although the term is familiar, what is a 'chinook'?
Steph - actually quite warm here at -6c, but a bit overcast which probably makes it feel warmer than it is. Not much snow around, just a sprinkling
Peter - I must be in the wrong context, but i thought a chinook was a big military helicopter
About 10 degrees I suppose (Brussels), grey and rainy as usual in winter
A chinook is not a military helicopter!!! At least not where I'm from it isn't . . . It is a warm current of air that comes off of the Pacific ocean (it could be any ocean, but in my case it's the Pacific) and goes over B.C. (province to west) and the Rocky Mountains and lands on top of Calgary! So that means that every other week, usually, in winter it warms up to above freezing, which is deffinately nice . . .
Germany - Nuremberg - around 0 ° celsius with some snow around me and a pretty dark sky its just the weather i like very much ..
Oslo, Norway -3 C at 22.30 .... plenty of snow about although not that much here in the center of the city. So far my first full winter in Norway has been pretty mild, just how I like it
Went x-country skiing over the weekend.... it was my second time and I have to say that downhill on cross country skis is not that easy! Nor is carrying your backpack to ski to the cabin more than a year after you last x-country skied (and that was the first time) - there were some mighty big prints of my body/backpack in the snow the next day
I can relate to your x-country skiing experience, Sam. I went skiing 2 years in a row on New Year's Day and I spent most of the time going downhill like a sled instead of plowing. I got the hang of plowing by the end, but I was so sore from falling- both on my back going down hills and faceplanting going up them! Somehow, I still managed to have fun, though
I can't yet relate to your XC experiences, but sure I will be able to shortly. I've been talked into going XC for the first time in a couple of weeks time and will let you know.
With a bit of luck it will go better than my so far (non) attempts at downhill. I've booked to go 3 times and managed to break an arm or leg each time. A week or two BEFORE i depart. I think somebody is trying to tell me something...
Ah Rich, that sounds ominous.... maybe the x-country skiing will treat you better! It actually isn't that hard, especially when you are on a nice flat lake or something But of course I was with three experienced norwegians who have been doing this their whole lives so there was a reasonable amount of climbing involved (and that is still quite tricky....)
For some reason going downhill just didn't work for me... something about there not being a back to the binding that sticks to your shoes.... dope!
Look forward to hearing your experience and hope it treats you a lot better than your other skiing trips!