Mt Shark is normally a location where you can get spectacular photos, but not today. The light was so dull it was impossible to get a vivid photo. On the other hand, the skiing was excellent.
I could still see the surrounding mountains when I started out, but an hour later, visibility was greatly reduced with falling snow.
With fresh tracksetting, I thought today would be a good time to make my first appearance at Mt Shark this winter. I usually take my dog with me when I go to Shark, but it was too cold for her. 🙁 The air and snow temperature were both -15°C.
The best feature of the trails was the absence of tree debris, for most of it, anyway. Beyond the Watridge Lake turn-off at 3.6K there was some debris embedded in the tracksetting but it was not a problem. Using VR30(-10/-30) wax, any loose debris won’t stick.
Lots of skiers must have taken note of the Live Grooming Report because it was fairly busy by Mt Shark standards. There were 15 vehicles in the parking lot.
I skied Watridge Lake road to the Spray River at 5.8K. The final K down to the river is a screamer, losing 100 metres of elevation. It was an easy descent on the good conditions, but I noticed lots of skiers, previous to today, had missed the first sharp turn on the way down and ended up in the deep snow at the side of the trail.
On the way back, I skied Blue and a bit of Yellow. All in excellent shape. It started snowing around 2 pm, and it was coming down moderately when I left around 2:30 pm. The forecast is calling for lots of snow this weekend.
Have you been out to the area recently?
Thank you ever so for you blog.Much thanks again. Fantastic.
Can you send some snow to Saskatchewan for our xc trails??
The collective snow dance, and 20+ folks pledging their allegiance to skinny skis in the previous post must have worked, and as a result we have a weekend of fresh snow!
Mystery is all around us: in premonition, emotion, synchronicity and the power of nature. It shall be an enjoyable ski weekend indeed.