Trip Report from Keith Bagnall(pictured in below photo):
“We skied to Skogan Pass today from Ribbon Creek parking lot. The temperature at the car was +2C and the trails were slippery, so we chose our waxless skis. Conditions were excellent for making snowmen.”
This may be the one and only time when I will say it was more enjoyable going up than coming down.
I had awesome grip on the inconsistent snow conditions(sometimes wet, sometimes cold and dry, slushy later in the day) with my zero skis. I did not have to herringbone anywhere, not even on the steepest parts of the trail. It was a different story coming down, however, with cold, fast snow for a few metres; turn a corner and you would grind to a near halt in slush.
I was holding on for dear life for most of the trip down. Terror-stricken facial expressions replaced the usual howls of delight on the Screamer portion of the trail. Quite a few crash sites were evident along the trail as I was descending(one of them was mine).
If it freezes tonight, the trail will be very icy in the morning. Update: Check Alf Skrastin’s Trip Report for some good news. It snowed 2-3 cm! Also, the weather forecast is calling for cooler temperatures for the next two days.
I counted 17 skiers either at the summit or descending from the summit. Some more skiers and a golden retriever were still on their way up. It was very challenging for anyone trying to use wax today.