Jim and the 3 Wobbly Women

I must first explain the title of this post.  This ski trip started as the desire by the desire of 3 wobbly women (Dorothy, Inge, and myself) for a easy back country ski trip due to our various aches, pains, and lack of skiing this winter.  Jim joined us after just returned from skiing in Whistler.  And voila, the obvious title.

 

It was a delightful day of skiing.  We started from Hawley and did a loop including the Power Line Pond and Ben Lake.  I am sure that Jim will provide the exact details.  There was a firm crust with powder snow on top.  Previously skied tracks in the woods were often icy and crusty but skiing on the ponds was easy with just enough snow to make everything pristine white but breaking trail effortless.  There were wet patches, in the usual wet spots.  We managed to catch brief glimpse of the sun; over all, lazy flakes of snow drifted down most of the day.

Certainly reminds me of the hand coloured black and white photos.

Distance: 10 kM?

Temperature: Snow clumps under my skis if I stand in one spot

Ski Report January 7, 2017

Going up #2, with sun in my eyes

I decided that I had enough of being sick.  It is time to enjoy the winter.  I also received many glowing ski reports, as if I need more incentive.  I was not disappointed as it was a truly winter wonder land today.  Gatineau Park also had the same freezing rain as Ottawa but not all of it melted.  The branches were coated with ice and sparkle in the sun.  There was a good cover of fluffy snow on top of an hard ice crust.  Number 40 and #2 were both groomed; good control and nearly indestructible.  A fall today would hurt.

Route: P12 – 40 – 2 – 21 – 18 – Hidden Valley – 20 – 21 – 33 – 40 – P12

Temperature: It was a frozen hanky trip.  My apple was well chilled but not frozen.

The freezing rain did do some damage on #21

The open water on #18

Hidden Valley

The bonus of the chilly temperature is that I saw almost no one (okay, 6 skiers) in my 3 hours skiing on a Saturday in January.  Amazing.