On Thursday, February 15th, after a dose of new snow dusted trails, all skate lanes at Park Creek were groomed and looking very good. At Alturas Lake, all skate lanes to the east of the creek were groomed with new classic tracks working out for the most part. However, at seemingly random points, the perfectly geometric, straight and well formed classic tracks degenerated into wild weird squiggles. In these areas, it is recommended that you giggle whilst you wiggle.
On Monday, the 12th of February, all skating lanes at Alturas Lake were refreshed. Skating was rated as very good. The bench at the lake was warm and dry in the sun… totally free of snow. The scene was perfect. Unfortunately, the half inch of new snow that fell overnight was not sufficient to reset classic tracks properly and where it was attempted, some classic grooves were totally lost in the effort. Oh well, such is life, c’est la vie, what can you do? Remaining classic tracks are old and fuzzy, slightly sloughing, lightly dusted but no longer glazed.
On a somewhat sunny Sunday, February 11th, the birthday of rockabilly legend Gene Vincent, the temperature at 8 a.m. was 4 degrees above zero at the Alturas Lake Ski Area. On Saturday, the skate lanes on the Trail to the Lake, North Cabin and Over the Hill were ginzu groomed and looking good. Old classic tracks are awaiting new snow to be reset and have been described by various skiers as fast, glazed, horrible and not that bad. But compared to what? Hey man, you’ve got to a-accen-tuate the positive, eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative.
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between. Strap your crazy legs to some skis and bop ’til the cows come home. Be-bop a lula and we don’t mean maybe!
At 8 a.m. on Friday, the 9th of February, the temperature at the Alturas lake ski area was 28 degrees under sunny skies. The skate lanes on all trails to the east of Alturas Lake Creek were ginzu groomed on Thursday, the 8th of February.
On Tuesday, the 6th, all skate lanes at Alturas lake were corduroyed with the ginzu groomer. Classic tracks remained old but serviceable.