– Thierry and Anita were skiing on upper Kovach. –
- Beautiful cold snow.
- Beautiful tracksetting.
- Beautiful weather.
I’m sure everyone is anxious to know what the temperature was today. It was -12 with no wind at the Ribbon creek parking lot as I started out on one of the best ski trips of the winter. Snow temp was also -12. It seemed warmer at the higher elevations.
There was 1 cm of new snow on top of the recent tracksetting which made the downhills safe and fun. The S-turns on Kovach were child’s play. The fresh snow also made the climbing easy with a minimal amount of herringbones. I skied all the trails south of Ribbon creek, some of them twice.
Have you ever noticed the snowshoe hare tracks almost always run perpendicular to the trails? It’s very common to see them crossing the trails, but seldom running along them. They seem to like travelling in the deep snow, and I guess their moniker explains why. When we see coyote, wolf and cat tracks, however, they are usually running on top of the trackset trails, parallel to the ski tracks. With their huge paws, I believe a Lynx can travel easily on top of the deep snow which makes sense because their diet is made up almost entirely of snowshoe hares.
You’ll notice in the photos that Link is closed off with yellow tape and is not being trackset this winter. That’s because it’s a trail to nowhere, now that Ribbon creek trail no longer exists. We have a lot of wonderful trails but I still miss Ribbon creek. I’m glad that I’ve documented a number of ski trips on Ribbon creek along with the photos. Beautiful memories.