On Wednesday, January 27th, the birthday of Lewis Carroll, and 150 years since the publication of Alice in Wonderland, all of the skate lanes at the Alturas Lake Ski Area were regroomed, except for the the stretch from North Cabin to the Lake. Classic tracks still looked good overall. Further grooming is scheduled on Thursday to widen trails and on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, to keep up with a wave of storms predicted to drop another 16″ of new snow at Alturas Lake. The resident Alturas Snow Hare, while waxing his skis for fearfully sticky snow, suggested we may have to “groom as fast as we can just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere, you must groom twice as fast as that.”
“That may be just fine on a sunny afternoon”, agreed the groomer, Davinius,” but in a blizzard it could be a mad pursuit!”
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cheshire Cat from his perch up a crooked lodgepole pine: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”