On Saturday, December 31st, the last day of 2016, the ski trails at Alturas lake are in pretty good shape, the snow is deep and the views are stunning. On Friday, South Loop, Over the Hill, the Connector, Wapiti, Sheep Thrills, and the Trail to the Lake as far as the bridge were groomed for skate and classic. The trail from the bridge to the lake was graded flat but no classic tracks were set there. At 10 a.m., the temperature at the ski area was around 5 degrees below zero. It is cold at Park Creek as well, where Lupine, Shooting Star and Camus trails are looking really good. Larkspur and Sego have been dragged but are still narrow. No Classic tracks there yet. While trails at both ski areas are still a bit soft, they should be firm enough to support some reasonable skating.