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Just took the tour in the back 40 to see what sun & warmth has done to
the base:  Overall, hanging in there!

On the exposed S gullies the skiable lines are now broken by 4-10' of
gravel, but the main XC trails all have 2-6" of heavy corn snow on them,
and the N aspect has 4-8" of more finely corned cover. Looks like bre'r
Fox and Bambi have been using the broken trail as a throughway, but alas,
methinks bre'r Fox _ate_ bre'r Rabbit- no bunny track to be seen. (But
the groundhogs have been stirring, and the squirrels have never gone to
bed!)

I was on the $1 yardsale edgless woodies with the anti-glide tarred bases,
which seemed (amazingly) on the slow side.  Recommended wax for the day:
Universal Klister on top of a 2' thin kicker of Bazooka Joe (chewed 12-15
minutes, rolled on with a full Mountain Dew can, not corked.)  Coulda been
the wax slowed it down a bit, but it _climbed_ like mohair skins! It was
possible to get in a few shallow telemarks without stopping on anything over
10 degrees.

It could use a refresher storm, but all-in-all, it's not a bad 1/2 hour
romp in the woods.

dana

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