Nick and Ray have most of it covered with their reports on Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill. Nick also included a fantastic photo of the excellent tracks we were skiing on today.
I chose to go to the top of Elk Pass rather than Blueberry Hill. You’ll see a photo of Tyrwhitt with all its fresh snow.
When I arrived at the Elk Pass trailhead around 10 a.m, the air temperature was -17 and the snow was -13. VR30(-10/-30) would have been the wax of choice, but I went with the VR40 which was already on my skis. It was a little grabby but nothing serious. Having colder glide wax on my skis would have made for a big improvement.
My favourite part of today was Fox Creek. It’s rare to see this trail in such spectacular shape.
Skiing earlier in the day allows me to see some people who I don’t normally run into. Today I encountered Ian Murray and his training group of 12 skiers. Had a nice chat with Gord and John at the Elk Pass/Blueberry junction. Also at that junction, Ray and Mary Perrott, Bill and Deirdre Richardson showed up.
Ward Fanning was coming up Elk Pass as I was zooming down. When he realized it was me, he turned around and skied until he caught up to me. It makes me feel good that people are willing to do that just to talk with me. Of course, you have to be a fast skier to do that!
When I finished around 12 noon, the parking lot was full and cars were parked along the road. The temperature had warmed up to -10.
I drove to Pocaterra and did a small loop on Pocaterra, Come-Along, and Rolly Road. I was surprised at how much new snow had fallen since we were there on Thursday. It would be nice if it got rolled.
Over the last couple years, we’ve heard many positive comments about snowshoers observing the rules. What’s happening this year? I saw numerous snowshoers on the Elk Pass ski trail today, and absolutely none on the snowshoe trail. Not one snowshoer had taken the initiative to break trail on the snowshoe trail which leads out from the Elk Pass parking lot. Maybe someone finally did later in the day?