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Sunday Mar 10 #


Overcast most of the day with temps in the 20s and lowering to the teens by late in the day. Snowed lightly much of the afternoon. Skied for 2+ hrs and followed that with some running on snow trails.

Right after I got into woods proper while running, I encountered a moose--the first one in a few weeks. It ran off into the deep snow (it had been taking advantage of the packed trail like any sensible moose.)

Saturday Mar 9 #


Winds got going early today, and with plenty of fresh snow to work with and sun beaming down to heat up the roadways, in no time flat the interstate was closed, and it remained closed until late in the day. Ergo, the first missed day of skiing this season due to closed roads.

Friday Mar 8 #


More snow today; wasn't sticking in town during the day, and it was adding to the already ample base up top. Even though it was overcast all day long, it was mild out with very little air movement in the woods. So skiing was very comfortable to being on the edge of overdressed for the temps. There were several inches of new snow to start out with.

I ran snow bike trails after skiing, though really the trails were really all soft snow with only one fresh bike tire impression to try to land my feet into.

It was snowing heavily when I left and traffic on I-80 on the way home was crawling due to the road conditions and poor visibility. Passed one car that had slid off the road.

Thursday Mar 7 #


Trails softened up some in the sun today. Skied and then ran on snow bike trails. The bike trails were soft and hadn't been packed yet, though there were tracks from one or two bikers, which helped. Lots of new snow up top from yesterday.

Wednesday Mar 6 #


Much to my surprise, forecasts for a rain/snow mix today proved accurate: it sprinkled lightly in town for much of the afternoon, while up top it snowed. The rain in town changed over to snow late in the day.

Since the snow fell after morning grooming, there was about 4" of fresh snow on the trails when I started skiing, and another 2" fell during the 2 hours I was out. It worked out well with respect to yesterday's workout, since the deep new snow meant that there was no point in trying to go fast.

Tuesday Mar 5 #


The full on blast of winter this past weekend was a severe setback to any notions of an early spring rising. Today things have at least warmed up back out of the single digits, and in the low elevation parts of town (demarcated as the zone where most people can carry out ordinary activities such as affixing stamps to envelopes, looking for the TV remote, and possibly cracking eggs for breakfast without any need for bottled oxygen), which tend to be substantially warmer than the higher, thin air parts town, there is some snow beginning to melt in the streets.


Ski intervals. Trails conditions were excellent, maybe a new best for the year. Ran snow bike trails afterwards, and even with packing by the bike groomer, they were still soft. It was beautiful, with fir boughs all weighted heavily by the recent snow. Occasionally I would get a snow dusting when a branch overhead would manage to shake free of its crystalline white burden.

Saw several groups of bikers struggling in soft drifts; it looked like one group was about to deploy an emergency rescue flare, but what chance would there be of anyone seeing it? It is total desolation up there in the winter. Probably the flare would only have served to attract marauding snow snakes.

Monday Mar 4 #


Went down to at least -21F overnight, which should easily be good for a new record low for the date.


Skied in the afternoon and then ran until about dusk. The snow is now looking quite deep in the woods--you wouldn't want to try to run through it unless you had 4 very long, moosy legs.

High in town was about 6F, no wind, full sun.

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