So when the time came to decide which technique to try out, we opted for skate skiing because, let’s be real, it looks pretty fancy. We started off with the basics - “duck walking”, balance exercises, and snowplowing to go down hills. One key tip when skate skiing is to dig in the inside of both skis, and to push sideways with your whole foot, rather than push backwards with the ball of your foot. It goes against skating instincts so it can be tricky.
We spent an hour in the sun learning the ins and outs of skate skiing which was exhausting(ly fun). After the lesson, the instructor went back to the clubhouse but we stuck around to practice our newfound skills. Luke picked up skate skiing fairly quickly and was definitely more of a natural than Elizabeth; the instructor complimented her on her perseverance.
Finally, we can’t end the blog post without mentioning our dinner last week at the fanciest restaurant in town - Raymond’s. It opened in late 2011 and has won quite a few awards, including Canada’s Best Restaurant. Raymond’s focuses on local ingredients and reimagining regional Newfoundland cuisine. The food was amazing, obviously, and even the cocktails were a noticeable step above. The atmosphere and service were impressive and we received hefty servings of food, although our wallets probably can’t handle going there often. All in all, a great evening.