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Morton Arboretum perfect setting to try cross-country skiing

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  • Greg and Maredith Stoffel of Batavia venture into the woods Monday along one of the many trails at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle to do a bit of cross-country skiing. Maredith had not skied in 15 years and Greg had never tried it before.

       Greg and Maredith Stoffel of Batavia venture into the woods Monday along one of the many trails at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle to do a bit of cross-country skiing. Maredith had not skied in 15 years and Greg had never tried it before.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Maredith and Greg Stoffel of Batavia venture out along the trails at the Morton Arboretum.

       Maredith and Greg Stoffel of Batavia venture out along the trails at the Morton Arboretum.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Maredith Stoffel of Batavia gets moving along the fresh snow at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

       Maredith Stoffel of Batavia gets moving along the fresh snow at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 

With a fresh coating of snow, relatively mild temperatures and no crowds, Maredith and Greg Stoffel of Batavia decided to give cross-country skiing a try Monday morning at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

As members of the arboretum, the couple knew they could rent skis, boots and poles at the outdoor museum to take a crack at the sport.

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While Maredith had tried cross-county skiing before, it had been about 15 years since she had last put on a pair of skis. It was Greg's first time.

"I enjoy it," he said, "and it is great exercise."

The two chose a trail that worked its way through open and wooded areas. The arboretum has multiple groomed and ungroomed trails for winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

The rental cost of skis, poles and boots for nonmembers is $15 for two hours or $20 for all day, while members receive a discount.

To learn more about trying cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, visit the arboretum's website at mortonarb.org.

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