On Saturday, at the Alturas lake ski area, the skating lanes on all trails to the east of Alturas lake creek were touched up. More grooming is scheduled for around 11a.m. Sunday. Snow conditions may vary rapidly from hard to soft in the afternoon sun… just a word to the wise for those big downhills… Spring is in the air, better watch your speed.
On Friday, March 18th, the Trail to Alturas lake, Over the Hill, and South Loop were groomed for skate and classic. On Saturday afternoon, rough spots on Sheep Thrills and Wapiti trails will be evened out.
On March 17th, the feast day of Patricius Magonus Sucatus, all ski trails at Alturas Lake, except North Cabin, were groomed for skating and touring and pesky snow snakes were driven from the area. The trail from the bridge to the lake was still rough but skiable. No classic tracks were set. At Park Creek, Lupine and Skyrocket were groomed for skating and touring and Camas and Shooting Star were groomed for skate and classic. Friday morning began with below zero temperatures and a clear blue sky. Once things warm up after noon, additional work on the trails will hopefully result in improved conditions for the weekend.
With consecutive snowfalls of 8, 12 and 4 inches since Sunday, our powder monkey groomers have been rolling and tumbling through the drifting snowfields at Park Creek and Alturas lake compacting the pow pow. At Park Creek, the Yankeeforker rolled Lupine, Shooting Star and Camas trails on Sunday and Monday. Luckily a falling tree, a potential widow maker narrowly missed the Park Creek grooming equipment where it was parked for the night. Our ever-ready woodsman, the heroic Robertus was heading to the scene on Tuesday morning to remove the offending lodgepole. At Alturas Lake, Davinius rolled everything except for North Cabin on Sunday. All trails are snowbound once again and a bit more rolling is planned for Tuesday. As snow continues to fall, in the short term, expect poor visibility and limited, soft trails. But we are anticipating that by the weekend, blue skies, sunshine and happy times will be our skiing companions once again.
It’s not time to hang up those skis quite yet! On Saturday, the day of week ruled by Saturnus, the Roman god of time, Over the Hill and the ski Trail to Alturas Lake were groomed for skate and classic. On Sunday, the 13th of March, the day of the Monkey Festival, Kasuga Matsuri, at the ancient Shinto shrine next to the Kasugayama Primeval Forest in the land of Nara, Japan, we plan on turning loose our own powder monkeys to knock down the 8 inches of snow that fell Saturday night at the Alturas Lake and Park Creek ski areas. With another foot of snow predicted to fall on Sunday night, more monkey business may follow.