On January 19th, the 209th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allen Poe, old groomer Davinius awoke with a start. He’d been dreaming of a flower strewn meadow, where under a blazing sun he’d been picking bouquets of lupine and and bundles of sage with the pretty girl from the village. Now as he rubbed the sleep from his eyes he saw instead of flowers, 5 inches of new snow on the meadow and more flakes falling from a leaden sky. As the vision of the pretty girl from the village and the scent of sage and lupine faded from his mind he called out…
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
Trail grooming is scheduled for this afternoon.
On a beautiful frosty Martin Luther King day, Over the Hill, North Cabin, the Trail to the Lake, South Loop and Wapiti were groomed at Alturas Lake.
On Sunday, January 14th, the trails at Park Creek and Alturas Lake were regroomed with softly skimming ginzu knives. Skate and classic trail conditions, as well as the day itself, were described as “perfect” by several satisfied skiers. Another light touch-up grooming scheduled for Alturas Monday.
On Friday, January 12th, all skating lanes at Park Creek and Alturas Lake were groomed through 8 to 12 inches of new snow. At Park Creek, classic tracks were also laid down on Lupine, Shooting Star and Camas. More grooming at both areas is scheduled for Saturday to refine surfaces and add more classic. The trails at Pioneer Park in Stanley were also groomed. Addendum – On Saturday, the 13th, all skate lanes and classic tracks were groomed at Alturas Lake… more grooming scheduled for Sunday.
At Alturas Lake, Over the Hill, The Trail to the Lake as far as the bridge junction and Sheep Thrills were groomed on Thursday. New snow falling throughout the day and into the night will require more grooming scheduled for Friday.