I was hoping to head out to Montana (West Yellowstone) in November with Jack for a ski trip but was too busy to sneak away. Had a small window after Thanksgiving so decided to stay a bit closer and do a quick trip to the east instead.
Afternoon skate ski was much better. Was fast and a bit bumpy but overall great skiing. Talked with ABR owner/operator Eric Anderson afterwords for some groomer shop talk and he showed his prototype snow catcher for the Ginzu groomer. Great stuff. Always nice to visit with Eric.
Next morning went on the other side of Hiway 2 of Ironwood to ski at Wolverine. 3" of new snow overnight was being fresh groomed. One other skier in front of me and also a snowshoer with a dog walking right right down the middle.
After the groom guy passed me, I caught back up to him as he was having a few words with the snowshoer.
After Wolverine, we headed back west to meet Jake. Hooked up for a ski at Chester Bowl. Hadn't been there before, nice to check out for the first time. 14" fresh snow in Duluth making for some good ol' bushwhacking.
Always nice to lay down the first tracks.