Daily Archives: February 23, 2008

Saturday Ski

On the trails– by Liz

I went on one of the best skis of the year this afternoon with my friend Eric Tremble.  All these photos are from Saturday.

We went out today with the intention of skiing Telemark and Bobcat– two trails that finally have enough snow to groom.  It was a blast and I felt a little bit like we were in the Bill Koch/Rossignol Movie- the Ski Experience.

art and eric
Art and Eric– discussing the best equipment to use for the Catamount Trail BC Challenge Race.

telemark sign
We started up Telemark– it was groomed this morning– it’s always fun to ski something new.

striding up telemark

The kick wax worked great and we had an easy time striding all the way up Telemark.  Skiing down Bobcat was super fun– it’s still a little bumpy, but this challenged us to concentrate on balance.

view of alpine hill
Great view of the alpine trails from Bolton Lodge- from Bolton Lodge we headed up Beaver Pond and Deer Run.  The snow on the groomed trails was quite good– and fast with several inches of new snow tilled into the transformed crust.

maple loop
We cruised back up the hill in the great classic tracks on Maple Loop.

tremble through the trees

Tremble skiing up Maple Loop

spruce run

We bombed down Spruce Run- slid all the turns and checked out views of Camel’s Hump and the BV alpine trails along the way.

snow pack

Snowbanks on Maple Loop– we couldn’t pass up this photo opportunity.  The snow pack is still so deep and we are forecast to get more snow this week.

snow on the dock
On the way back in we skied Pond Loop and noticed the deep snow on the dock.  There is nothing like skiing in late February and March–

Clem

At the end of the ski I ran into Clem Holden, who has been skiing at Bolton for more than 50 years– he says the conditions are perfect– get out and ski.


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Saturday- Feb 23

The snow is back. Since yesterday afternoon we have received 4″ of fresh powder and it’s snowing again this morning. The fresh snow tilled in with the crust from earlier in the week– makes the skiing really good on the groomed trails. At 9am it is 20 degrees and the wax of the day is extra blue. We have groomed 30km for classic and skate this morning. Everything is groomed– including beaver pond, deer run, bobcat and telemark!!

The forecast is to hold steady temps through the day and becoming sunny this afternoon. Sunday temps are 24-28 and sunny. Two perfect ski days!!

In the backcountry there is 4″ of powder on a hard crust, that may be a breakable crust in some places. And there are some folks doing the Bolton to Trapps ski today–

11am Backcountry Update:  BV Ski Patrollers just reported that there is 5″ of new snow on Paradise Pass and there is a crust- and it’s only breakable for larger people.  And the skiing is actually pretty good.

a night at Bryant
A group heading to the Bryant Cabin– we got new snow just in time for their adventure.