Firm grip, fast glide, cold snow, excellent tracks, nice weather, with lots of smiling faces. Today was one of those days where you could experience, as my friend Chip would say,the soul-mending rhythm of cross-country skiing.
When conditions are good, there’s no better ski trip than the Tyrwhitt loop in PLPP. The first two legs consist of a rigorous uphill on Whiskey jack followed by a cruise through the scenic and ethereal meadows of Tyrwhitt.
High atop the Tyrwhitt/Hydroline/Elk pass junction you’ll be in for some screaming fast downhills on Elk pass, followed by pleasant and gradual runs to the Fox creek turn-off.
The single-track of Fox creek with a slight downhill is thrilling as you twist and turn through the trees that are close enough to touch. You know you’re having fun when you can double-pole the entire distance of Fox creek, while dodging spruce and pine and negotiating tight turns that overlook the freezing waters of the creek.
The air temperature was minus 2°C at 2 pm and the snow was a purple wax minus 3°. There was some fresh snow on top of the recent grooming on Tyrwhitt and Elk pass, but the tracks were still very good. Whiskey jack, Moraine and Fox creek all had recent tracksetting and were excellent.
The couple riding the Fat Tire bikes were very courteous as they dismounted and moved to the side of the trail as I met them. As you will see in the photos, the bikes do no damage to the trail as long as they stay out of the tracks.
Speaking of Chip, I owe him one of the coveted SkiHere.ca toques as the winner of the Best Winter Song contest. As Cheri attested to in the previous post, the draw wasn’t rigged! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the contest.
Don’t forget, tonight at 11:59 is the deadline for entering the Emerald Lake Lodge contest. I’ll add any new photo entries tomorrow.
PLPP has just soft-launched their Live Grooming Report.