So I did both today. The webcam looked good for skiing today and frankly, I thought I would burn more calories skiing than skating! The snow was ok. Some new snow fell a few days ago over churned up packed powder. It was a bit icy in places. After skiing about 5 runs I used up my freshly burned calories on a cold beer, then headed home.
Once I got home I felt bad about not skating today, so I headed to our downtown outdoor seasonal rink, Ice Palace at Riverfront Park. I had to circle the city twice for a parking place, put a few bucks in the meter and paid $4.50 to skate on really bad ice with a moderate sized crowd. I made the most of it and just worked on stroking, 3 turns, 5 step mow hawk sequence. Things I could do without bumping into anyone.
Basically it was a waste of time and money. The rink closes in 2 days for the season.