Our first morning in Jay, we woke up in our cute little cabin to find that it was -15F outside. Now, I don’t know about you, but negative temperatures don’t really make me want to sit on a chairlift all day and get blasted by freezing Canadian winds.
We came up with an alternate plan- breakfast at Bernie’s in Montgomery (the pancakes are delicious and huuuge as was the omelet- we saved half for breakfast the next day) and then Nordic skiing. We figured we would escape the wind by staying in the woods and stay warm by moving a lot.
Jay has a nice little Nordic center on the Tramside of the mountain. They have 12 miles of groomed trails and it only cost us $8 each to get a pass (a lot cheaper than a lift ticket!). Armed with a map, we left the warm building and braved the still negative temperatures.
The snow that day wasn’t great. The really nice woman at the Nordic center had warned me that two classical skiers had found that their kick wax disappeared within the first 100 yards. Luckily, I had brought combi skis, so I just skated instead of trying to bother with wax. My lucky companion had waxless skis and didn’t have to worry about it at all.
The trails are nice and wide- one set of tracks on the side and the rest is groomed for skating so we could ski side by side. They wander all around the mountain. You pretty much keep the tram in sight at all times, but you can go pretty far.
My favorite trail was the newest one, aptly named “Outer Limits”. It was steeper and had some nice curves on the downhills, but it was so much fun. We spent a couple of hours there and probably skied 5-6 miles.
It was a perfect way to get outside on a freezing day but stay warm. Both of us actually found that we had overdressed once we got moving, but when we stopped to eat our packed lunch I was glad of all the extra layers. My fingers almost froze since I stupidly decided to take off my gloves to eat my sandwich.
Note to self- crumbs on gloves are much better than frozen fingers.