This recent (today is October 30) cold snap and light valley dusting of snow has got many of us wondering how the Mac Pass XC trails might be skiing, whether they are groomed, and whether our resident Mooses have slipped into their caves for their winter slumber.
Sue and I drove over Mac Pass on Sunday. It looked like there was some coverage, but not enough to ski in a reliably base-friendly manner.
LCNSC’s agreement with the Forest Service is to start grooming December 1. So no trails are groomed. I would expect many of the little rivulets and spring-rich areas are soggy.
And in fact, it’s hunting season. I wouldn’t be shocked to find the Microwave Road’s snow coverage, such as it is, grooved by the tires of many happy hunters. Besides the XC track being non-existent, it is hunting season. If you go up to ski, please wear hunter’s orange.
Of course, Moose don’t hibernate. But you knew that, though it pays to keep an eye out for Moose anytime you’re skiing up on the Mac Pass Trails. In the meantime, my best advice is to start working on improving your pre-season strength, balance, and respiratory functions. (I was going to say ‘wind’, but thought that might be misinterpreted.)
Finally, THINK SNOW!