We took Tessa to Mt Shark today and found wonderful conditions. The weather was warm enough that she didn’t need her coat or boots. Every trail had been groomed and trackset on Wednesday. There’s been no new snow, so the tracks were fast.
We skied for a while on the 10K yellow trail and encountered Jasper with his people:
We skied on Watridge Lake Road as far as the lake:
We met Les on his touring skis, returning from a trip to Bryant Creek. He said conditions were good all the way. The tracksetting ends about 100 metres past the Watridge Lake turn-off, but there are good skier-set tracks:
When we arrived at the parking lot, there were two busloads of skiers who had come from Regina. They assured us that we lived in XC ski heaven. I’d have to agree. They’ll be skiing at PLPP tomorrow.
We skied Mt. Shark today and it was great. We did the Green Loop and also popped down to Watridge Lk. All trails were in great shape (fresh snow on top of a bit of an old crust). The untracked section of the Green Loop had been packed by a snowmobile with fresh stuff on top. Light snow falling as we left…
We headed south on Saturday to the Sandy McNabb trails, based on the official report “fair to good on most trails”. While I tend to be happy as long as there is just enough snow to ski on, and the trail report did mention some icy sections, my personal rating would be poor overall, with a minimal amount of packed recent snow over a very icy and rough base, making us really glad to be on metal edge light touring skis for the downhills.
We pulled the plug after Long Prairie loop and finished up the day at West Bragg, where conditions on the trails south of the road continue to be very enjoyable. A light snowfall at days end was freshening things up at West Bragg as we finished.
It felt great to be back on skis after 3 weeks off recovering from a sprain.