The best conditions were along the longer blocks that have been shoveled but not salted. I tried to stay on the sidewalks, because not every house salts their walks, and even if they did, there was too much consistent snowfall last night to have melted yet. Skiing along the roadways that still had some continuous snow cover offered a kind of salinated, gritty snow that slowed me down. I tried to pick the best routes that would afford continuous snow or ice coverage, but this made for a convoluted route that increased the distance traveled, and made the duration of the trip about as long as it would take to walk it in dry and warmer weather. So it did save me some time, but not much. The second reason skiing to work didn’t get me there faster was that i took the skis off about three times and walked to cross major intersections with fully exposed asphalt, and then to the next sidestreet.
The worst conditions were right on my block, where someone had used these weird, steak fry-sized chunks of salt on their walk that stopped me like a 4 X 4 in a boulder-field, so i had to shimmy-shally around them. The best conditions were on selected blocks of
all in all, it was a good work-out for the upper body, legs, and feet. But since there was little continuity or chance to establish a rhythm for very long, if I were asked to recommend it, I wouldn’t.