The ski trails at Alturas Lake were all groomed on Friday afternoon and looked great. A light snow shower commenced at 9:50 Saturday morning but little or no snow accumulation was expected. Park Creek trail grooming will commence around 11 a.m. Saturday.
On Monday the 24th of February, birthday of Winslow Homer, Chadeus Maximus was heading out to groom trails at Alturas Lake once again. He had groomed there the day before and the day before that Davinius had also taken the groomer out. Needless the say, the resulting trails should satisfy the skiing public.
Cold temperatures this last week have made morning skiing a wee bit brisk. Afternoon sun however has been glorious. At Alturas Lake, trails were graded or ginzued on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Resulting skate lanes were wide, firm and flat. However, classic tracks were somewhat old or missing entirely in places due to frozen equipment. Ice bound ginzu groomer parts were switched out on Monday and Friday which should allow for better classic tracks starting this weekend. On Wednesday, the 19th, no grooming took place since the Alturas crew attended a small birthday celebration in honor of Nicolas Copernicus, a distant DNA uncle to the pretty girl from the village. At Park Creek, trails were reportedly quite nice.
On Sunday, February 16th, 2020, the 142nd anniversary of the birth of Pamela Colman Smith, visionary occultist and illustrator of the Waite-Smith Tarot deck, future good skiing was predicted for the Alturas Lake Ski Area. All trails were groomed and, for one day only, renamed in honor of the cards of the Tarot. It looked like old groomer Davinius had the Ginzu groomer badly stuck when he veered off trail on “Hanged Man” but with a bit of tugging and a modicum of effort he drove away clean. “Wheel of Fortune” was groomed for skate and classic and looked like it might just be great. “The Hermit” was double groomed for skating with a smattering of classic grooves. “The High Priestess” and “The King of Cups” both sported nice corduroy but were a bit snow blown in open meadows. And finally, “The Fool” once again got a nod from Davinius as the best route bar none.