Ski 1:19:47  10.36 mi (7:42 / mi) +185m 7:18 / mi
Evening trip out to Great Brook because it was cold powder and I wanted to classic ski. 27 in Boston, 18 at the start, 10 at the finish. I figured they wouldn't be grooming because it was going to snow tomorrow and that would just cover the grooming and I was not right.
Different ski areas have very different policies about whether they allow skiing during off-hours grooming. They range from several places in the Midwest which are volunteer groomed where you to stop and say hello to the groomer and probably chat for 15 minutes about the weather, to MSA, where if they catch you skiing they'll probably throw you in Canadian ski jail for 10 years (which is probably like Alex's ski jail in Finland, which sounds kind of great except for the covid, but anyway). I figured this would be somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, but also figured that it would be infinity times easier not to find out.
So when I heard/saw groomers coming, I turned off my light. When I realized there were four sleds, I ducked into the woods. I probably could have snuck off to the trail they had just come up but just let them do their loops around the field and hill I was on, and then went back out and kept skiing (since I was striding, I wasn't worried about rutting the skate lane, plus, it's a pretty solid base they have; and the old tracks were pretty glazed; they must be getting a ton of traffic even on weekdays and are probably having their best year in a long time).
I looped around there a few times as the groomers had crossed the road and were finishing their run, and had a lovely, mellow ski back around. I think I'll mostly stick to mornings for off-hour skiing there, and maybe shoot Stu and Cat an email to see what their actual policies are for evenings.
Then on the way home I passed a hardy soul riding a bicycle down 225. Good on them!