Phenomenal conditions at West Bragg made for a wonderful first day back on my skis.
I felt like I was functioning at about 90% after 3 weeks off, but I’ve never had a more enjoyable day as Tessa and I cruised around the easier trails. The recent trip reports were very accurate in saying the conditions are excellent. With cold weather on the way, it should preserve the good snow at least until Saturday. Unfortunately, by Sunday the high is supposed to be +11.
The air temperature was -1 at 2 pm, but the snow was still cold at -7. VR45 worked well, but in a few places where the sun was hitting the trail, it was a bit slick. Taking Thorsten’s advice, we started out on Mountain Road which is just about the easiest trail anywhere, then came to the junction where we had to go left or right on Moose Connector. Going right would have meant some steep climbs and fast downhills, so we played it safe and headed towards Crystal Line West.
The snow was even better on Crystal Line, with excellent tracks. We branched right onto Loggers Loop, this being the first time I’ve ever skied that trail which proved to be a lot of fun with some pleasant little hills and great views.
Although it was enticing me, we didn’t take Elbow but continued on Sundog. Luckily I was looking ahead, because on the downhill with the Caution sign, if you stay in the tracks they’ll lead you right into the rhubarb patch(see photos). I forgot how nice the gradual downhill was on Crystal Line East. As you get to the end where it turns and gets steep, there’s still plenty of snow for snowplowing if you need to.
I only get to ski at West Bragg once or twice a winter, so I’m glad I went today while the conditions were so terrific. I hope I can do twice as many Ks next time. Take note of the photo where I’m kneeling on my left leg; I couldn’t do that a month ago.