Today may have been the best conditions we’ve ever seen on Tyrwhitt and Hydroline. No spring-like conditions here. This was winter – at its very best.
It was absolutely fantastic on the south trails of PLPP – Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass, Hydroline, Patterson, Blueberry, Fox Creek and Boulton Creek. The air temperature was +1 when we started at Boulton around 3:30. The snow was cold, however, and blue wax was giving good grip. The snow temperature on Tyrwhitt was -7.
Whiskey Jack had some fresh snow but it wasn’t a problem. Still had good tracks and it would have been easy descending. The only place where there was even a hint of icy tracks was on the extremely steep section of Whiskey Jack which faces south; about 10 metres, just enough to give you a good launch if you’re going down. Fox Creek and Boulton Creek had a few tight corners scraped bare, but still just a minor inconvenience.
We saw brand new tracksetting on Lookout which looked very inviting(not indicated on the trail report yet). If it snows like it says in the forecast, it’ll be a shame to have all this incredible tracksetting covered up. Lookout is one trail, though, where I don’t mind having a a couple cm of fresh snow for descending. We feel really fortunate to have been able to experience this today.