If you can get out to the trails in PLPP soon after they’ve been groomed you’ll have some excellent spring skiingconditions.
Yesterday’s grooming on Lodgepole was still excellent at 6 pm today. We were using Skintec waxless skis but it’s possible that red wax might have worked. Braille, being exposed to the sun all day, was a bit crusty with very fast tracks.
Meadow had been groomed earlier today, and was fantastic. The snow had a really nice, soft texture and the tracks were not icy. Woolley had fresh grooming as well. I expect Amos and Wheeler will also show up in green on tomorrow’s Live Grooming Report from PLPP.
Pocaterra has a lot of fresh snow over the recent grooming and it’s quite crusty with super-fast icy tracks. Hills had to be taken very cautiously. The temperature at Pocaterra hut at 5 pm was +3°C. I don’t think traditional fishscale waxless skis would have performed very well in the icy conditions. If descending a hill, you were limited to the width of the previous snowplowing as the ridges were frozen in place.
On the way to PLPP we stopped and skied with Tessa on the Wedge Connector. The tracks were still in good condition with the snow alternately wet and icy, but no problem on the Skintecs. Wedge is an easy, mostly flat trail so the icy parts were more fun than scary. There are a couple very small, gentle hills and it’s amazing how fast you can get going on them when the tracks are icy.
Check the Backcountry Trip Reports to see some magnificent photos from Chuck’s recent ski trip on the Upper Spray.