(Posted this on the RMNP page; guess it better belongs here.)
Lower Bald Hill was apparently groomed yesterday, although you wouldn’t have known it to see it with all the fresh snow. The beginning of the trail was skier tracked, then heavily trampled by deer using those ski tracks as a freeway, then skier tracked again by us. So the base is actually pretty firm, although you’ll be dragging your poles through deep fluffy snow. The original skier turned back after a km or so; we carried on for a while, eventually meeting up with the trail of a lone wolf.
The Oak Ridge loops were groomed yesterday. They’ve received some snowfall since then, but considerably less than other trails in the vicinity. They were skier tracked by one person sometime before the snow stopped, and then again by us afterward. Definitely in the best condition of any of the east side trails today. Lovely views of piercing blue skies over the edge of the ridge, with Scott Creek babbling away down below.