I would not trade the memory of this day for a gazillion dollars. It was one of those extraordinary days where everything is perfect. Firm grip, fast glide, cold snow, excellent tracks, nice weather, with lots of smiling faces. All this on the best xc ski trails on earth. In other words, fantastic, awesome, sensational and superb.
I also experienced the rare occurrence of being on the trails before noon, and having sunshine in my face as I climbed Whiskey Jack.
The snow temperature at Boulton creek at 11:30 a.m. was -14, with an air temp of -8. It was -2 when I finished at 2:00 p.m. Amazing to be using VR40(-4/-12) for the entire ski with excellent grip still at the end.
There was new tracksetting on Whiskey Jack as I set out under a sunny sky and no wind, so -8 didn’t seem very cold. At the top of WJ, new tracksetting went in both directions, north and south. I chose south and headed for Tyrwhitt, where it was nice to ski this beautiful trail without any debris in the tracks for a change.
It was so incredibly wonderful through the meadows that I turned around at the end of the main meadow and did it all over again.
It was a fast trip down Hydroline. Elk Pass was not freshly trackset, but the new snow has been well skied-in. Fox creek and Boulton creek were still remarkably good, always fun in this south-to-north direction as you twist and turn through the trees.
I hope the vivid memories of this day will sustain me through the hot, snowless summer.