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PLPP - the good, the bad, and the ugly
Report Submitted by Ray Perrott
(trip) Date: Thursday Mar 03, 2022
Submitted: Thursday Mar 03, 2022 at 19:38
4 of us
We arrived at Boulton parking (not yet plowed) at 9:40am to -5C. We skied down to Boulton Bridge, and headed south on the Boulton trail, knowing it had just been trackset yesterday. Very difficult skiing for the first km - icy corduroy, ruts, icy sections under trees. Only a few short tracked sections. The second km was somewhat better, with more tracks and some soft snow. We returned back to the Boulton area on Moraine, which was somewhat better, but still required caution in several areas. Then north on Wheeler and Amos to Elkwood. Amos was decent in open sections, but lots of icy spots tight in the trees (from dripping snowmelt). The return on Wheeler was actually quite enjoyable, with consistent tracks and not too much icy feel. We finished with a jaunt down to the Lower Lake Group Camp - this trail was skier set in nearly 10cm of snow, and very erratic. Collembola was evident everywhere today. -2C to finish, snowing lightly. No clumping today, and we were all on waxable skis. We worked hard for our 20km day.
2 comment(s) posted
2022-03-03 at 19:46 - comment by Gord F
Interesting to hear about north PLPP conditions. We also parked at Boulton but skied south, Moraine to Elk Pass. Where the trail was narrow and in the trees, the track was a bit icy. Once we were on the Elk Pass trail, (wider) the track was in fantastic shape, also freshly groomed. We considered Tyrwhitt, but turned back and retraced our trail after we saw how deep the new snow was. I thought I was paying attention to snowfalls but was surprised to see how much had accumulated since Monday. Looked like about 20cm on Trywhitt.
2022-03-03 at 20:21 - comment by DougB
We started at Elk Pass lot and skied up Elk Pass and Hydroline trails which were freshly track set and in great shape. Our mistake was heading up Lookout which has had a lot of snow since the last track setting. Climbing the steep hills through fairly deep powder was a really tough workout. Pocaterra and Whiskey Jack also had lots of fresh snow but going downhill was a lot easier. Moraine was okay but is getting a little worn in places.