The amazing, ever popular Ski Club membership meeting kicks off around 6 tonight, the 14th of December, at the Sawtooth Hotel in Stanley, Idaho. Don’t miss out on the fun, the serious business discussions, and the honest, irreproachable and unimpeachable election of officers.
On Thursday, the 13th of December, the trails at Alturas Lake were buffed out as Davinius coached his neophyte acolyte, Chad, in the delicate art of grooming corduroy. The Trail to the Lake, North Cabin, Wapiti and Sheep Thrills were all rolled and ginzued and looked super good. Trail markers were not out yet but should be there by the weekend. At Park Creek, Adam was able to lay tracks on Lupine, Shooting Star, and Skyrocket and was hoping to add to that on the 13th but flashing warning lights on his snowmobile may have curtailed efforts. Happily, a newly tuned machine is set to arrive there on Saturday.
Could there be a better time to visit the Alturas Lake Ski Area than on Tuesday, December 11th, the day designated as International Mountain Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003? Surely not! On Monday, Sheep Thrills trail was widened with the ginzu groomer and classic tracks were set on the Trail to the Lake as far as the bridge junction, Over the Hill, and South Loop. For one day only, South Loop also features a free automatic sagebrush ski base restructuring treatment! Don’t miss it!
On December 8th at Alturas Lake, we celebrate Bhodi Day, the day that Siddhartha Gautama became the fully enlightened Buddha. Groomer Davinius and his buddy Shakyamuni, invite you to shake your booty too and seek enlightenment through the duality of kick and glide on the Alturas Lake ski trails. North Cabin Creek Trail is flooded and a wet mess. Otherwise all trails are rolled and that is all… no tracks, no signs, no maps, no matter, no borders, no limits… oooohhhhmmmm…..
On December 6th, the official feast day of that jolly gift giving ski bum Saint Nicholas, some limited cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas Lake have been rolled flat, but rocks and sage brush still punctuate the rough surface. With the temperature this morning at minus 25 degrees, skiing is predicted to be rough and excruciatingly cold. It is recommended only for those who just can’t wait for better days and trails. Weather permitting, further grooming will expand the skiing opportunities but more snow and grooming is definitely necessary before trails reach their usual quality. No directional signs or classic tracks are in place yet. That all said, much pleasure may be found by those who expect little.
Reports of a skier attacked by a cat or possibly a jackalope at the Alturas Lake Ski Area on Sunday, the first of April, have been found to be one more instance of “fake news”. The disheveled gentleman and feline in question were none other than old groomer Davinius and his much beloved pet “Kitty Boy” walking out of the woods after removing trail markers and directional signs and parking grooming equipment for the last time this season. In the process of shutting things down, skate lanes were groomed on all trails to the east of the creek, although the 6 inches of snow that fell later that night proved the old fool’s last corduroyed trails to be short lived. Park Creek’s groomer, Adam, was also wrapping things up on a great rookie season with a few last signs and trail markers to be pulled this week before predicted rains could turn trails to mush. Thanks go out to these stalwart groomers, the Sawtooth Ski Club, the City of Stanley, Blaine County Rec., the US Forest Service and all the great skiers and volunteers that brought these trails to life for another season. Don’t be blue, it’s how you ski the trail of life that counts, happy trails to you, until we meet again…