I am just going to put it out there- backcountry conditions are perfect right now and they were perfect last weekend. Despite lots of traffic on our ungroomed backcountry trails conditions are so good.
After a year of wanting the Karhu Guides I finally got my hands on a pair and skied them last weekend. WOW it was awesome. They are light, have waxless pattern in the middle and metal edges. I skied up to Bryant Cabin with no problem and glided/turned some of the chutes off Gardners Lane on the way back down.
This past Sunday I went out skiing with Angus, Kricket, Pete and Matt. They planned to do a longer ski, so I joined them up Bryant and about 1/2 way out Birch Loop, then turned around and had a leisurely ski back to the Nordic Center. I had a fantastic ski with good friends, nice snow and perfect trails all in an hour and a half. You don’t have to go far or be out there all day to have a great experience on our trails.
The way back down from Birch Loop was really fun. I came across Chris, one of our Nordic Ski Patrolers, at Bryant Cabin. Chris and I shared some of our morning adventures and then went off in different directions. From Bryant Cabin I skied out Gardners Lane and took a sharp right on Big Blue. Gardners Lane has a nice skied in track and once I got to Big Blue (a nice steep chute) there was some tracks ahead of me, but also mounds of of nice fresh powder. At the bottom of Big Blue I decided to get back on Bryant Trail headed down. And near the World Cup intersection I explored on of Art’s newer trails- Cup Runneth Over. This is a great trail marked with red markers that connects from Bryant to Broadway near the pump house.
I’m going to work on a course for Saturdays BK Youth Race…. photos from my weekends adventures will be online soon.