Climbing Whiskey jack was more breathtaking than usual with the snow-covered trees sparkling in the morning sun. I met two skiers who experienced a rare sighting: SkierBob on the trail at 10:15 a.m!
It seemed very abnormal to be the first one in the Boulton creek parking lot this morning. At 10 a.m. it was -8°C and my bare hands actually got cold while I was waxing. The key word: “waxing.” It was incredibly wonderful to be climbing Whiskey jack on VR45(-2/-8) at this late stage of ski season.
Although I was the first vehicle, I could see the herringbones of a skier or two who had been up the trail ahead of me. I have my suspicions of who it was.
At the top, I skied .5K south to the Tyrwhitt/Lookout junction to take a photo. As you’ve already read on the Trip Reports from David, Tyrwhitt had an abundance of fresh snow but was skier-tracked.
Descending Pocaterra was extremely enjoyable on fast skis and fast tracks. After all the skiing I’ve done this spring on waxless skis on wet snow, this was a real treat. I didn’t race, however, because I wanted it to last. I welcomed the numerous occasions to stop and take photos or to talk with other skiers.
I met eight skiers coming up the trail as I was heading down to the Packers junction. Some of them had started at the hut, others at Elkwood.
I ran into Owen and Ken on Packers, and as you can see in the photo, they were thrilled to be out skiing in these great conditions. Fantastic photo, don’t you think? Blog readers, too.
It was on Packers, about half-way down, in a few sun-exposed spots, where I experienced the first wet snow.
Upon returning to Boulton creek at noon, the temperature was +2. After having some lunch, I drove over to Pocaterra hut and skied out for about 2K to check the conditions. The tracks were in great shape but already the sunny spots were quite wet.
After skiing Whiskey jack 14 times this winter, I am feeling quite satisfied, especially being able to end it on such a high note. Still, I’m looking forward to getting back here in November.