Can anyone provide some information on the Elk Lakes cabin? Rod sent in this email:
Very interesting blog + great photos. I am planning a ski trip to Elk Lake Hut with my young son (8). He’s a good enough skier although i think we’ll be slow. Any photos of this ski into the hut? Are there any tricky parts? Anything i should know about the ski?
Rod, see the comments below for the replies. – Bob
Cindy sent in this comment in reference to the detailed backcountry update from Chip:
“Thanks for the backcountry update! Bob’s set up an amazing website and I’m very grateful! It’s tough planning between the chinooks and with avalanche conditions. I prefer not to ski in tracks (although what can be wrong about any kind of cross country skiing!) and I am slowly working my way into the backcountry (with appropriate avalanche courses). Has anyone skied into Paradise Valley recently?”
Cindy, see comments for replies. – Bob
Richard sent in this update re: Hawkridge
I tried skating at COP on Saturday, but the Cross Country area was boiler plate ice and in my opinion too dangerous for XC skis without metal edges. The surface was just too hard for the ski edges to dig into. Sunday afternoon at Hawkridge, on the other hand, was very good. The snow was hard, but the skis were able to bite into it. For grip wax trusty Start Purple (-3 to +1) worked again. I was worried that with all the warm wind we’ve had there would be coverage problems. There wasn’t. They sure know how to “farm” snow and keep the trails covered. The attached photo shows grass on either side of the trail, but the track is good. Job well done” J