With temperatures at -5 deg F and about an inch of new snow, the remedial SCUM headed out toward the north side classical trails to do trail grooming the way it was done 40 years ago (i.e. skiing in the tracks). Here Mom, who remembers skiing in tracks, skis a more direct route than Ken had set before the snow.
It was almost sunrise as we skied through the birch and aspen:
Some trail sections were total spruce forests:
These spruce made us think of Christmas trees, which we’d later find totally trimmed for Santa’s visit.
Before seeing the decorated Christmas trees, we saw the bear skull on the trail:
and we got to the Really Steep Down HIll Bypass. But given the conditions, we could head straight down the RSDH:
Here is a clip of Dan Johnson on the RSDH:
And here is one of the two Christmas trees we found with cookies and candy canes decorating the branches:
We all agreed that skiing the Classical Bear, North Star, and Aurora Run was a great choice for a chilly, snowy morning near winter solstice.
Here’s a few parting shots:
Until the groomers get back out to the North Classical trails, we’ve skied them in for your enjoyment.
I was going to ski with you guys, but I couldn’t get my act together and didn’t get up there until 11:30 or so. I did see Bill, Joanna, and Don. Bill suggested the north side classic-only and it was a great recommendation! I had such a good time that I went down and skied Black Hawk and Chinook, too. I was tuckered after that!