The Ludgates host weekly “Thursday Nights in January” outings for the Cayuga Nordic Ski club at their residence on Canaan Rd. in Dryden. January got off to a rough start, after a late December/early January thaw left us with no snow to ski upon and led to a canceled first outing. Mother Nature managed to pull through, though, and the next two outings went off without a hitch. A small dose of freezing drizzle this past Tuesday compacted the inches upon inches of lake effect snow that have been dumping on the area during the past couple weeks into a nice firm base, and another couple of inches of the fluffy lake effect on top of that led to perfect skiing conditions last night.
17 skiers (plus the Ludgates=19) and 4 dogs ventured out into the cold temps. Climbing the Sauna hill was a bit easier with the drier, grippier layer of snow resting on top of the base. (For those of you still having issues with your glide and/or grip, check out Mike’s previous blog entry on “How to Wax your No Wax Skis” for some tips on how to address this.) Once we reached the Snowmobile trail, we broke into two groups. The speedier group took on the FLT and headed up to the radio tower. Having skied the radio tower loop a number of times already this season, and wanting a bit of a slower pace, I decided to go on sweep for the other group, which had decided to take the Lady Slipper trail (R2) to Y5 to Y7. I love Y7 on a perfect snow night, so there was no way I could pass it up. For those of you not familiar with Y7, it parallels Canaan Rd., and is an undulating descent, with a good dose of sharp corners and trail hugging trees to keep things interesting… really interesting when the snow is a little on the icier, faster side. But conditions were more toward the fluff-side last night, so control was present and strong for everyone.
Back at the shop, we met up with the radio tower group. Treats, in the form of oranges and chocolate chip cookies, were abundant and passed around to hungry skiers. Hope to see most of you next week!