The Dan Moller valley will be very sweet for one more day even though the machines are there. Parking at the lower Dan Moller lot, hike up out of the woods and and head to the right down into the cut across the creek. Wind up through first meadow; no machines there. I have ski tracked a trail on the right however you can ski anywhere. Joining the snow machine trail at the Treadwell, look for my ski tracks right away to the right diving into the brush where there is a challenging yet fun ski just above the Treadwell and then back up to the boardwalk for a bit and then along climbers right side at wood’s edge to the top of second meadow. I skied up to the pass and back and had good skiing avoiding snow machine tracks. where I could. Coming down, be careful of rocks just above and below the big tree by staying to the side. What was really sweet was diving skiers left just below the big tree and avoiding skiing down the narrow snow machine trail. You come upon a narrow hidden meadow and down through trees that are skiable. At the bottom before rejoining second meadow there was a creek that I tried to step across on skis and really should have removed skis and jumped. Lovely tour options of all lengths.
Skied the campground at noon on Thanksgiving. Despite no tracks, nordic was at least a 7 and better ins some places. The overnight cooler wx really helped. Enjoy before the floods come
Lower Loop is skier-packed the entire loop; good for classic but not skate. Meadows also fun to ski tour around.
Upper Loop is actually smooth and ideal for skate skiing now! Or classic without a track. Access is via the road up Sourdough/Sneaky, and you could skate this road if you’re hard core. It gets good for skate skiing at the top of sneaky, over to Blackbear, and then there is a figure 8 double loop that provides about 2 km of really nice skiing.
Rolled again this morning with about an inch of new snow. Conditions improved from yesterday. Manhole covers shoveled over and track in better shape than yesterday. Probably a 5+ out of 10 now. Sunshine and high 20’sF there at 10AM.
Rolled and flattened out newer snow with many walking and skate ski tracks from the weekend. Snow is marginal for skating with many patchy spots, some ice, old runoff and manhole covers are not covered. Bring beater skis as it’s skiable for some but not good for long stretches. Maybe a 3 out of 10.
What a lovely ski under the moon last night… skate or classic up the road and EC has set a pretty nice smaller upper loop. No classic tracks but good for both. Thanks to Matt and EC. Enjoy!
Skated from car to end today. Lumpy with soft snow on top. Very skate-able yet possibly not the most enjoyable conditions. Tolerable for first nordic of the season though! Good for technique and balance!!