On January 28th, warm sticky snow at the Alturas Lake Ski Area was the perfect consistency for snowmen, but made for difficult trail grooming. Glomming snow that flew off the speeding groomer in long streamers resembling giant fettuccine noodles piled up in front of its ginzu knives as it slowed for corners and sent the machine sinking into snow holes of its own creation. Despite multiple dig-outs of the snow packed groomer, pretty nice skate lanes and classic tracks were set on the Trail to the Lake, Over the Hill, and South Loop. A skate lane was also refreshed on Sheep Thrills.