Ethan and I went up to the small mountain village both yesterday and this morning to do a little trail grooming, a task which has been made much easier by utilizing the SLU-Haul to transport the smaller of our two snowmobiles...
Once we made a few passes and loops with the roller (about 2-3k of varied terrain) things looked pretty good. This is a shot from yesterday (Friday) afternoon after some passes with the roller to compress the snow:
Fresh skate lanes at Star Lake
We woke up to find that the new overnight snow had never materialized, but Ethan and I went up to touch-up the existing trails before the team arrived. As we drove up the hill toward the Oswegatchie area, a few flakes settled on the windshield. By the time the team arrived it was hard to see straight ahead through the masses of quarter-sized flakes coming down rapidly.
Etown approves of the new snowfall!
Matt (skate) and Kyle (classic): Friends, roommates, and training partners in the blizzard
Attempting a photoshoot for our holiday card!
It was perfect conditions for some fresh powder: temps in the low 20-s and frozen ground mean this could be here to stay. The weather for the next week or so looks to be even better, so we are hoping that more snowfall closer to home (Star Lake is 35 min away) at Higley will be even more beneficial to us. This was a nice recovery week after training camp, but the team is anxious to get headed into the race season pretty soon...2 weeks and counting!
Heading in from the storm...but not for long