Beaver Predictions

Beaver Predictions

On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, Bodacious Bocephus, the prognosticating beaver of Alturas Lake, climbed to the roof of his lodge and looked down amongst the twigs for any sign of his shadow. There was none to be found. He then stared up at the sunless grey sky and mumbled, snorted, squeaked and grunted the following prognostications. Although some in the crowd in attendance could not quite agree, he predicted something along these lines. Good skiing in the Sawtooth Valley until April Fools! Grunt! The snow machine from Alturas Lake will be fixed next week but it will cost a lot of money! Uggghhh! Skiing until then will almost certainly be better at Park Creek where Adam touched things up on Friday. He will return on Sunday weather permitting! Squeak, snort… The Greek shall inherit the earth! Sniff… grunt. The willows will be thick and juicy in the spring! Sniffle. The 17th annual ski fest will be a blast. Harumphh! Davinius will resign from his position as El Presidente when a photo of him in a Halloween beaver suit standing next to a trapper is revealed on his high school yearbook page. Gurgle, snort. Things are gonna get better and all’s well that ends well! Hmmmm…

Mysterious electrical problem grounds groomer

Mysterious electrical problem grounds groomer

On Sunday, January 27th, 129 years after Thomas Alva Edison received his patent for the electric light bulb, the Alturas groomer was down and out of service with a suspected electrical problem. Davinius, Reddy Kilowatt, and master mechanic and local fire chief Scott are meeting at the scene on Monday to look for loose wires, burnt fuses and melted connections. Your prayers for a divine intervention and a speedy recovery would be greatly appreciated. First man Adam had better luck grooming at Park Creek on Sunday where he touched up trails with no shocking events to report.

Visionary trails groomed…

Visionary trails groomed…

On January 24th, the 171st birthday of painter Vasily Ivanovich Surikov, an unusual and perhaps hallucinatory sighting of Russian bears parading down the Alturas Lake ski trails was reported by art loving visionary groomer Davinius. He also reported that all trails were ginzu groomed except for Sheep Thrills where, of course, no sheep of any sort could be found. At Park Creek, trails were groomed on Thursday as well.

Trails groomed and looking great…

Trails groomed and looking great…

On Monday, January 21st, the 150th birthday of Grigori Rasputin, Alturas Lake groomer Davinius Rasputinius rose from his bed and took to the trails with a resounding shout of “never say die” to ginzu groom all trails to the east of Alturas Creek for skate and classic skiing. After a day of excellent backcountry skiing, new groomer Chad planned to groom on from the bridge to the lake on Tuesday. At Park Creek on Monday, first man Adam groomed all trails for classic and skate before heading to his bed, struck low by the dreaded “Stanley Crud”. Wishing the best of health to all and to those of you still standing, we recommend that you take this opportunity to ski on and never say die…

Sawtooth grooming continues through stormy conditions…

Sawtooth grooming continues through stormy conditions…

On the night of January 19th, the 180th birthday of post impressionist painter Paul CĂ©zanne, semi-retired trail groomer Davinius dreamt that he had met with a new grooming team made up of the Snowman and the Hamburger Man to discussed angular brushstrokes in the the “Melting Snow of Fontainebleau”. After powering through difficult warm snow conditions on Friday, new groomers Adam and Chad did return to the trails at Park Creek and Alturas Lake on Saturday as precipitation shifted between snow and something a bit wetter. Resulting trails were reported to be in pretty good condition, not nightmarish but not exactly dreamy either. Additional grooming could occur Sunday if the weather permits.