(Update: Photos have now been posted.)
A very rare event occurred today. The sun was in my face as I was climbing Whiskey Jack!
Tracksetter Jody had just finished skiing on his night’s handiwork when I met him at the Boulton Creek parking lot at 9:30 a.m, so I got a first-hand account of the new tracksetting. I thanked him for volunteering to do weekend tracksetting; it’s been a Godsend this winter, and especially on a day like today.
No worries about whether I could use wax today. The snow temp at Boulton was straight out of mid-January at -14! (Wait ’til you hear what it was at 1:30 pm.) The air temperature was -11 with no wind.
I finally was able to make use of my skis with green glide wax. I already had VR40 on them for grip, and didn’t touch it. I can’t remember climbing Whiskey Jack on such excellent conditions with great grip even on the steep hills.
The first skier I met was Wally as he was coming down. He’d started out even earlier at Pocaterra hut. The frost on his facial hair will verify just how cold it was at 10 a.m.
A tough choice awaited me at the top with new tracksetting going in both directions. I decided to go left on Pocaterra for what might be my final run down this beautiful trail this ski season. Flying along those downhills was as much fun as ever with the wonderful snow conditions. It always ends too soon.
Lynx and Amos were still in excellent condition from Friday’s tracksetting, and Wheeler had brand new tracks, as did Packers. Now at the top of Packers, I retraced my steps as I skied Pocaterra once again but in the opposite direction, and continued on to Tyrwhitt where snow bombs were dropping like crazy all around. Luckily, no direct hits, but believe it or not, one dropped right on my foot. A milli-second sooner….
I only went as far as the picnic table on Tyrwhitt and turned around. Within the past half hour, conditions had changed dramatically. I wasn’t getting much grip, yet in some places, my wax was clumping. It was now about 1 pm.
The trip down Whiskey Jack was challenging as anyone spring skiing will attest when you have sunny patches on a fast downhill. Now the green glide wax was working against me as it created lots of suction on the wet snow. I managed to get to the bottom without a faceplant, but I proceeded very cautiously to accomplish that.
I was the second car in the Boulton parking lot this morning, but now, at 1:30 pm, it was full. The snow temperature had warmed up to -1, and the air temp was +6. It was now waxless ski conditions.
I came across this twitter site “sh_ t coaches say.” It has explicit language, but it’s kind of funny. For example, When testing in the dark at 5:00am- I often ask myself “what poor life decisions led me to this point in my life?” Don’t click on this link if the “F” word offends you. https://twitter.com/#!/Sh_tcoachessay