After a week of snow and cold the Rocky Mountain Front was treated with a period of Chinook. Bummer. That means warm weather. Temps were in the 50s and 60s during the Thanksgiving weekend. Chinook weather also mean wind. Winds hit 75 mph near Browning. A semi was blown over and Amtrak had to halt the Empire Builder for over an hour for fear of passenger cars blowing off the tracks. Come on man...
My family and I did get out in the snow to cut our Christmas Tree. I've added a couple of pics of that adventure so you can see what mountain conditions were like on Friday.
The North Fork of the Teton River. Snowing lightly with the wind blowing strong. Only got a little stuck turning around.
So it was back to some dryland stuff for me this week. Definitely not as much fun as skiing but I'm sure the snow will come soon. Just check the forecast map and you'll see what I mean. It's on the ski report page.
After an hour or two of hunting for the perfect tree, cutting it down and dragging it back to the rig, we're tying them on for the drive home. Hopefully the road will be snowed shut with the snow that's in the forecast for this week.
I also turned my attention over to my gear. I noticed the handles and straps on my classic poles were worn so I replaced those. I order new boots for Nancy so she'll be ready to ski soon. And I waxed my skis for the first time this season.
I'm expecting to ski some groomed trails this weekend or early next week. I'm anticipating it will not be all that cold. I waxed my glide zones on my classic skis with Toko Low Fluoro Yellow mixed with a little Toko Low Fluoro Red. Same for my skating skis. Hopefully I'm ready to go.
I'm definitely planning to ski the Birkie this year. I'm already registered for my 33rd try at the course. This year I've decided to ski classic style. So I'll be spending a little more of my winter on classic skis. My grip waxing for long distances like the Birkie is a little rusty so I'll work on that as well. Look for more posts on grip waxes this year. And it's only 88 days 'til Birkie 2012!