Conditions were even better today than on Saturday. With all the skiers yesterday, the tracks are fast but still offering great grip with blue wax.
It was -6°C when I started at 2:30 pm and -10 when I returned to the Elk pass parking lot at 4:30 pm. I had lots of grip for climbing all those monstrous hills which I encountered today. I went with VR45(-2/-8) but should have been using VR40(-4/-12) because my wax was grabbing occasionally.
The conditions in the parking lot have also improved considerably. It’s been plowed, and some gravel was put down. It’s a little safer to walk around.
I talked to Dave and Kelsey who started at Boulton creek parking lot and came down Moraine and Fox creek. They said those two trails were in rough shape.
There were quite a few skiers out for being a late Monday afternoon. About eight arrived at the parking lot as I was waxing up. I met another eight on the trails. Two skiers started just behind me.
Descending Blueberry hill is a lot of fun when conditions are as good as they were today. There’s still a little fresh snow in the middle of the tracks so it helps you stay in control on all those twisting downhills.
The only problem area is the first 100 metres of descent on the big Elk pass hill as you’re returning. It’s been scraped bare and hard, so it takes a Herculean effort to snowplow and slow yourself down on this ultra-steep section. Of course, you can put pedal to the metal and go like a rocket, but that poem comes to mind…”Cold in the earth, and the deep snow piled above thee…”