Cold temperatures this last week have made morning skiing a wee bit brisk. Afternoon sun however has been glorious. At Alturas Lake, trails were graded or ginzued on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Resulting skate lanes were wide, firm and flat. However, classic tracks were somewhat old or missing entirely in places due to frozen equipment. Ice bound ginzu groomer parts were switched out on Monday and Friday which should allow for better classic tracks starting this weekend. On Wednesday, the 19th, no grooming took place since the Alturas crew attended a small birthday celebration in honor of Nicolas Copernicus, a distant DNA uncle to the pretty girl from the village. At Park Creek, trails were reportedly quite nice.