On December 6th, the official feast day of that jolly gift giving ski bum Saint Nicholas, some limited cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas Lake have been rolled flat, but rocks and sage brush still punctuate the rough surface. With the temperature this morning at minus 25 degrees, skiing is predicted to be rough and excruciatingly cold. It is recommended only for those who just can’t wait for better days and trails. Weather permitting, further grooming will expand the skiing opportunities but more snow and grooming is definitely necessary before trails reach their usual quality. No directional signs or classic tracks are in place yet. That all said, much pleasure may be found by those who expect little.