Saturday, the 27th of December, dawned with a golden light but a steely cold over the Sawtooth Valley, as temperatures at the Alturas Lake Ski Area began the day at 13 degrees below zero. On Friday, the Trail to the Lake as far as the bridge junction, Over the Hill, the Connector, South Loop and Wapiti were rolled and appeared to be suitable for skaters and flat trackers.  Fallen trees on the trail along the creek and the connector were cut up and removed by our grooming team of Davinius and the girl from the village, who proved to be not only a graceful beauty but also an improbable Atlas, chucking log chunks from the trail into the deep snow. On Saturday, they hope to groom from the bridge on to the lake and to tame the wilds of the sheep thrills loop.