Not only did I see a fat biker, but I also have a good snowshoe story to tell you(later). The last I heard, fat bikes weren’t allowed on the groomed ski trails.
I was glad to hear that PLPP is using the Ribbon Creek snowcat to groom the trails while theirs is in the repair shop.
What you need to know for tomorrow: The first 3K on Elk Pass will have glazed tracks.
When I started out at 1:30 pm, the snow was clean and in good shape. I was able to get decent grip with the VR45(-2/-8) which was on my skis from yesterday.
The conditions only got better the further I went. Coming back at 4:20 pm, I was amazed at how much the conditions had changed as I neared the Elk Pass trailhead. The tracks were glazed and full of snow fleas.
With the temperature dropping down to -11°C tonight, the tracks will be extremely icy in the morning. The forecast high for tomorrow is -3, so I don’t know if they will ever soften up. Check the Live Grooming Report in the morning to see where tonight’s tracksetting occurs. That might be a better choice. If it snows a couple cm tonight, that changes everything.
I saw lots of evidence today of skis icing and clumping. On Tyrwhitt, using my mantracker skills, I observed where one skier finally gave up and carried his/her skis.
I can’t believe the good luck I’m having with wax lately. My wax, which was left over from yesterday, didn’t give me great grip up the big Elk Pass hill but it was adequate. I expected conditions to improve as I got further out, and they did. If I had waxed with something stickier to climb the big hill, then I would have been experiencing “high-heels” later.
I skied to the top of Elk Pass(6K) and continued on for 3.6K to the high point on Tyrwhitt. I turned around and retraced my steps back to the Elk Pass parking lot. Half way down Elk Pass I encountered the fat biker.
As I was starting out today, and had just arrived at the Elk Pass – Hydroline junction, I met Sam who was returning from the top of Elk Pass. He said he was one of the first skiers out today, and when he arrived at the Hydroline junction earlier, eight snowshoers appeared from the snowshoe trail which comes in from a different spot.
Sam pointed them towards the red trail marker with an image of a snowshoer on it, which goes up Hydroline. He said they gave him a dirty look and proceeded up the Elk Pass ski trail.
While at the junction, I talked to three snowshoers who had used the ski trail and I asked them why they preferred it over the snowshoe trail. They said they were confused and didn’t realize the snowshoe trail went up Hydroline. They said it with a straight face as we all stared at the bright red snowshoe trail marker.