So, curious to investigate what Monday’s rain and high temps might have done to the conditions, I, ER,and AD hit the trails at noon. Debriefing skiers coming off the Aspen and Bluestem reported icy conditions at first with rapid softening,
On our ski on Esker and the Chickadee northern loop revealed soft tracks with a phenomenon never experienced by our group namely, the snow on either side and in between the tracks had sagged and/or partly melted so that what was formerly the bottom of each track was now “proud” of the surface! Skiers had created a track using as a guide the slightly concave surfaces adjacent to the track.
It was an OK ski, that will likely improve if the temps get lower.
A word of caution: the parking lot at the stables is a lake with geese utilising the open water. Trucks, SUV’s with a higher underbody clearance will be ok. Sedan drivers(like me) have to be prepared to maintain momentum through the slush and app. 6″ of water. The Chickadee lot is very slushy but has no lake. The access road used by the dog mushers is good.