There are great substitutes for cycling during the winter, if you don’t like the idea of getting on your bike. It’s not so much about the commuting anymore, although I do know of a Mexican friend who does sometimes commute to work with his skis (yes, he lives in Finland).
What I feel are the best qualities of cycling: The outdoors, the wind on your face, the physical exercise and the ability to actually get somewhere eventually – cross-country skiing is exactly that. Plus it gives you a full-body workout as well.
Just like I didn’t believe I would be this much into bikes a year ago, I never though I’d be even remotely thinking about going skiing. Even though I’ve always enjoyed it, but somehow it’s just a very rural affair.
There’s also the point that nearly all Finns were forced to do two things in school: Orienteering during the Summer and cross country skiing during the Winter – don’t worry, no one else knows what orienteering is either. (Sorry Dave, if you catch this post ;))
Just don’t expect me to start writing a blog about skiing.