Yep, the following picture is of solid ice about two miles up the Mason Creek Trail at Staunton State Park. I especially like the image of the slipping hiker on the warning sign! This goes for quite a ways, and will probably not melt out for a few more weeks, since this area doesn’t see much sun until late Spring.
While knocking off the monthly half marathon (now 35 in a row) at Staunton State Park, I came across this nifty little sign about 6 miles from the trailhead. There is an ice flow going down the trail that is about 4” deep, and which could make for some great inadvertent skating!
This was the view this morning from the top of Bergen Peak in Evergreen, looking west. Everything is choked with snow - including the trail up, which appears in the lower right corner of the photo. Elevation about 9,600 feet. This is a stiff trail run of about 2,000 vertical feet over 3.5 miles.
Our favorite cat skiing operation, Steamboat Powdercats, shut down for the season yesterday, with 104 recorded days of operations during the 2018-2019 ski season. Here are a couple of shots of us from our seven days of skiing with them this season (and yes, they have a photographer):
Just did a 10 mile trail run in Falcon Park, which had highly variable conditions. The snow from the recent storms was heavily packed down and frozen in on the north-facing aspects of the Turkey Trot trail, so it was pretty much solid ice for a mile or so (see photo below). This is why we wear cleats!
I just completed the monthly half marathon trail run (34 months in a row so far). There were snow showers in the parking lot at Staunton State Park, but that ended fairly quickly. Still, there was a lot of snow from the massive snow storms of the past few weeks (see the photo below). Luckily, the park staff had run a snowmobile through a number of the trails, which packed down the snow somewhat (see the trail grooming sign below). Incredibly, someone else was going through on a fat-tire bike!