After watching the racing at the Nordic Centre yesterday, I headed for PLPP. The trail report showed most of the north end trails had been trackset over the past two days. Upon reaching Pocaterra it was, thankfully, a little colder than I expected at -2.
There was 4 cm of new snow over the grooming, but one track was skied-in. Blue wax was working reasonably well; anything stickier would ice up.
Starting at the hut, I skied a 12K loop consisting of Rolly Road, Pocaterra, Lynx, Amos, Woolley, Meadow, and Lodgepole. There was absolutely no icy track anywhere. With all the fresh snow, it was one of the rare occasions where I could actually ski down that ultra-steep hill on Lodgepole as I returned to the hut on the other side of the road.
It was snowing in PLPP when I left. It was snowing heavily on the Smith-Dorrien around the Chester Lake – Mt Engadine area. The road had been plowed and was in good winter driving condition. I imagine the Mt Shark trails have a lot of fresh snow over the recent grooming.