I Give Up!

I Give Up!

On Tuesday, February 12th, Davinius headed out at the Alturas Lake Ski Area for an afternoon of grooming. He rolled across 2 meadows, up the hill and through the woods to start packing out the hilltop site for the 2019 Ski Festival. He immediately got really, really stuck in the deep untracked snow. After 45 minutes of digging, he rolled back down the hill to his car and drove home where he put on his jammies and pounded down a couple of Arnold Palmers while spinning some platters on his turntable. “I give up”, he said and drifted off to sleep as the music played on.
In Heavy Rotation:
“A Hazy Shade of Winter” – Simon and Garfunkel
“Running Up That Hill” – Kate Bush
“Groovin” – The Young Rascals
“Happy Trails” Quicksilver Messenger Service
“A Momentary Lapse of Reason” – Pink Floyd
“Stuck in the Middle” – Stealer’s Wheel
“Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
“Dig It” – the Beatles
“I’m So Tired” – the Beatles
“Let’s Go” – The Cars
“Take the Long Way Home” – Supertramp
“Home Again” – Carole King
“Put Your Records On” – Corinne Bailey Rae

Snowfall blues

Snowfall blues

It’s been snowin’ so long, I got a feelin’ called the blues…
On February 11th, 1949, Hank Williams released the Billboard song of the year – “Lovesick Blues”.
70 years later, Park Creek and Alturas lake groomers rolled along in an ongoing attempt to keep up with the falling snow.
I got a feelin’ called the blues, oh lord
I don’t know what I’ll do
All I do is sit and sigh
grooming in the falling snow…

Trails rolled at Alturas

Trails rolled at Alturas

On February 10th, the 170th anniversary of the birth of the great Pre-Raphealite painter John William Waterhouse, Davinius rolled all trails to the east of Alturas Lake Creek while the pretty girl from the village waited patiently in the blowing snow.

ICE QUAKE!

ICE QUAKE!

On Friday, February 8th, the 191st birthday of Jules Verne, as Davinius ginzu groomed the trail to Alturas Lake, his thoughts drifted back to long past adventures from “A Winter Amid the Ice”. As Jules described it, as they spent the night on their furs in an icy wasteland around the 76th degree of latitude in Eastern Greenland, an ice-quake suddenly struck. “The movement lasted nearly two minutes, and it was to be feared that the crevice would yawn at the very feet of the unhappy sailors. They anxiously awaited daylight in the midst of continuous shocks, for they could not, without risk of death, move a step, and had to remain stretched out at full length to avoid being engulfed.” Compared to that night, grooming ski trails seemed like a tame walk in the park. At Alturas, with their snowmobile repaired and running well, Davinius and Chad easily groomed all trails for skating. Classic tracks were laid down on South Loop, Over the Hill and the Trail to the Lake. At Park Creek, with that area’s snow machine suddenly sidelined with a broken axle, Adam headed out with good intentions and a back up machine to touch things up there. His story has not yet been told. In any case, old memories, untold tales and new trails are predicted to fade away quickly as heavy snow is expected to fall this weekend.

Sawtooth grooming up and running

Sawtooth grooming up and running

After our crippled and left-for-dead back up snowmobile was resurrected with the spark of life by master mechanic and fire chief Scott, grooming resumed at the Alturas Lake ski area on Sunday, February 3rd. After a bumpy gyrating ride to the ski area through deep untracked snow, Davinius rolled all trails to the east of the creek through 5 inches of new snow leaving behind some of the most beautiful corduroyed ridges ever seen. The torch was passed to groomer Chad on Monday who planned to push on to the lake and smooth out the three inches of new snow that fell overnight. Our primary grooming machine is still down and out but in the capable hands of Brian and the Bird man of Woodside waiting for a new starter to arrive. At Park Creek, first man Adam groomed trails on Sunday and went out again on Monday to lay down more of the groovy product that is getting rave reviews from local skiers.