How Hemlingby is and is not like Cypress Mountain

Snowy ski trails with snowy trees

Hemlingby is our local ski slope. They one cute little hill with a ski lift (although it is not so high and it seems like folks could ski-to-sea their way up there.) There is also a huge network of trails for running and skiing. On Saturday we had a bit of a warm spell, with temperatures between 0 and -5 and bight bright sun. Graham and I often ski at Satra, which is close to us, but this time we went to Hemlingby. Though we have been there before on our bikes, we have not found a good way to latch the skis on the bikes so it was a bit of a walk. We wanted to take the 15km loop by the lake, but it was not all groomed, so we needed up on the 10km forest trail. Conditions weren’t great and I have slow waxless skis, so I had an hour to think about how things are different. Here is my list of why Hemlingby is not like Cypress Mountain, for better or for worse.

1) No ski-buddy Erica at Hemlingby 🙁

2) I was allowed to ski at Hemlingby on Feb 14 🙂

3) Lots of snow at Hemlingby 🙂

4) Hemlingby is free!!!! 🙂

5) I can’t drive down from Hemlingby while eating Erica’s banana bread 🙁

6) Hemlingby is not groomed as often as Cypress, and some of the tracks were an icy mess. 🙁

7) Hemlingby trails have only one set of tracks, so if someone comes up behind you politeness dictates that you move over for them rather than try to race them. 🙁

8) Even though they are single-track, Hemlingby trails are one way so you don’t hit anyone 🙂

9) Single track one-way means you can’t out-and-back, you are committed to the whole distance. 😐

10)The Hemlingby trails are beautiful, through narrow woodland trails 🙂

11) Narrow woodland trials sometimes make hairpin downhill turns, and when the trail is narrower than your ski length this makes turning tricky for the less skilled. 😮

12) It must be a Swedish law to have vindskydds (cabin shacks with firepits and a roof) every few km. We saw families having wiener-roasting parties. I think this beats Hollyburn. 🙂

Not sure there is an overall winner here.  Hemlingby obviously wins for me right now, but I do look forward to skiing at Cypress again!

1 Comment

  1. This is the best post! I love the comparisons, and the faces.

    The cabins with firepits sound like a great stop on the way and good for community building. I remember you saying after your trip to (I think) Austria that you would rethink your use of wiener (as a pejorative.) Even though you are not using it that way here, I still wonder if the wieners might object to being roasted.

    Also, do you carry a ration of veggie wieners?

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