Today was sunny and cold but the best day yet for cross-country skiing.

Alison is all smiles in today's pics because her clothing has kept her toasty and she's taking in all the stunning beauty that surrounds her.

Tonight she is setting up her tent next to a lake and savoring the mild winds. Alison is getting beyond excited as she is sooooo close now.

Tomorrow (Friday), she and Elise will trek a full day, leaving a short trek for Saturday.

The finish line is just a day and a half away!

Alison sends a grateful shout out to to Arcteryx and Arcteryx DC for keeping her so warm. She truly loves their equipment and declares herself a convert!