Cross country skiing at night is sublime.

Annie Proulx Understood the Cold Beauty of Night Skiing


Submitted 2 years ago
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Lee Michaelides

Her essay entices you to grab the ski boots and head outside.

The first full moon of 2017 is tomorrow night, January 12. If the snow is good, get out and cross-country ski after sunset. It's lots of fun. But don't take my word for it. Here's an excerpt from "Skiing After Dark," an essay written in 1996 by former Vershire resident Annie Proulx for Ski magazine. (Proulx went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.)

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On we skied in the brilliant moonlight, past the wreck of a deserted farmhouse, along logging roads, the moon glancing through the trees. Our skis kicked up a glittering wake, crystallized exhalations plumed from our mouths. At last the long climb back and the final, reluctant descent in violent wind.

Vermont Ski and Ride recently republished the essay. The Observer recommends reading the whole thing. 

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