On January 20th, the moon rose with the sun, it will journey across the sky with the sun and in the evening it will set with the sun. It is what we call a new moon, its dark side invisible to the human eye and yet affecting the human psyche in subtle ways. In addition, today’s new moon is also a super moon so expect exceptional glide on the skate lanes at the Alturas Lake ski area. All trails to the East of Alturas Lake Creek were groomed for skating on Monday and looked pretty good, however, a hard snow pack made it impossible to set decent classic tracks so they are sadly lacking from the trail system at this time.