My trip to Colorado last month was primarily to go downhill skiing, but we took a day off to try something different. We were staying with my friend Teddy's Uncle Rob who lives in Salida for a month each winter. Everyday he is out in the mountains downhill skiing, cross country skiing, show-shoeing, mountain biking or hiking. Rob encouraged us to Rent cross-country skis and join him for a morning ski trip. In the mountains about an hour away, we parked at the end of a small gravel road at St Elmo, an old mining ghost town. From there we followed a snowmobile trail before turning off onto a small hiking trail. It was lucky there had been some traffic on the trail through the winter, leaving only 10 inches of soft fresh snow on top of a well packed trail. If you left the trail you would immediately sink waist deep into the soft snow, even with the floatation of the skis. The adventure was lot of fun and very different from the xc skiing I've done around golf courses in Minnesota.