Update: Be sure to read Jody’s comment at the end of this post.
I waited for it to warm up, and by 2:30 pm it was -14°C at Boulton creek in PLPP. Considering JT’s Trip Report where he started out in -27, I had tropical weather.
I stuck the thermometer in the snow and it indicated the snow temperature was -20, making for another easy waxing day.
Whiskey jack had a cm of fresh snow on top of the grooming, and my mantracker skills told me that about 10 skiers and two rabbits had been up the trail today.
With a net elevation of 200 metres, climbing Whiskey jack is a good way to get warmed up. At the top, I turned right(south) and headed towards Tyrwhitt. Unfortunately I had just lost the sun as I arrived at the meadows, and it seemed to be a whole lot colder now. Tyrwhitt had new grooming and my skis moved noticeably faster on the new tracksetting.
I only skied to the end of the meadows at which point I turned around and retraced my steps. Coming down Whiskey jack I met Tracksetter James as he was making his first of three passes. I assume we’ll also see new tracksetting on Packers and upper Pocaterra by tomorrow. Let’s hope that James doesn’t enter any of our contests!
The first pass with the Pisten-Bully smooths the trail and lays down corduroy only, no tracks. It’s a lot of fun descending Whiskey Jack on wall-to-wall corduroy!