The early-morning grooming was in excellent condition yesterday at PLPP. We didn’t get started ’til 1 pm, but the snow was still cold enough for our wax to work as we started up the big hill on Elk Pass.(Click on the photo to see a larger image).
Other people had taken advantage of the day-old tracksetting on Boulton Creek, Moraine, and Fox Creek, and started out at the Boulton Creek parking lot. The snow in the trees is well-protected from the sun. We ended our ski by returning on Fox Creek around 4 pm, and the snow was in better shape than on Elk Pass by that time of day.
Blueberry Hill was in excellent condition, but our grip was becoming marginal as we approached the top. The trip back down was as enjoyable as I’ve ever experienced.
Before we resumed skiing up Elk Pass, we had to apply some stickier wax. The sun-exposed areas of the trail were now becoming wet, and grip was marginal at best. Shaded areas were still fine. The remainder of the trip was mostly downhill, so it wasn’t too much of an issue.
From the top of Elk Pass we started back down on Hydroline, then turned left at the Patterson junction which had also been freshly trackset. Patterson is 1K of fast and fun downhill back to Elk Pass.
The only concern on Fox Creek was near the turn-off from Elk Pass. About 100 metres in, the trail is very icy for a 20-metre downhill section that gets exposed to the sun. We were able to ski it, but it will only get progressively icy in coming days.