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It's not always easy to stay active and get outside while I’m hyper-focused on a work project (like planning this climate rally right now). I know I need to get a little fresh air and vitamin D (especially since I struggle with Seasonal Affective Depression), but I don’t always have time to go for a backcountry ski tour or have the energy to get up before dawn to ski and then put in a full day of work at the computer.⁣⁣That’s why I've always wanted to learn how to skate ski. It’s low impact, it looks like so much fun and there’s a place to do it seven minutes from my house. Like running, it’s an efficient way to train and log a good workout in an hour or less. For me, I always choose to be on snow, however I can, because to me, there’s no better feeling in the world than gliding on skis.⁣⁣I got outfitted with my first skate ski set up thanks to @backcountry, and I went for the first time yesterday! It was humbling and refreshing to be a beginner skier again. It made my muscles work in new ways and it pushed me out of my comfort zone.⁣⁣That’s one of the things I love most about the world of skiing and snow – it turns out, there are many ways to move through the mountains on skis and there’s always a new aspect of the sport to explore.⁣⁣I struggled, I overheated, and I was very thirsty in less than an hour of skate skiing. It’s a whole new world to explore of layering and hydration! ⁣⁣I have a lot more to learn, but it was a good start! Head to my stories to watch the action and check out some of the gear that I used. And use code CAROLINE15 for 15% off your first purchase on backcountry.com. #sponsored

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