There is still snow at Kolapore, although the depth varies considerably. In flatter areas in the forest there is still 30 to 40 cm of snow. On south facing slopes or in open areas, snow cover can be very thin. The snow consists of a solid base plus about 5 cm of powder. Although not everyone will agree, I think the best skiing today was off track - the crust is so solid that you don't break through, and there is enough new snow to soften it and give some control. In open forest, it was possible to ski anywhere. The condition of the track is variable - in some areas it is quite rutted, and we are starting to get reverse tracks (i.e., the compacted tracks are melting more slowly than the adjacent snow, and may be higher.) Given the weather forecast, today may have been the last day of decent skiing (I'm not a fan of skiing on slush). Let's hope we have a decent winter next year. If you haven't already done so, please consider joining the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association. The first annual meeting of the Association is on Saturday May 5 at 10 AM in the Ravenna Hall.
Kolapore Trail Guide