Pandacalypse! Tai Shan's Revenge Report.
Did 7.5 miles in the first 2 feet of the storm, soft humid flakes made for really easy striding along W&OD trail and 4-mile Run trail. (~7pm)
I am convinced that snow collects humidity from the air -after- the snow has fallen:
The closer i was to the creek beds, the wetter and gloppier the cover.
I got tired of that, so I climbed out of the W&OD onto Carlin Springs road
(One dead Dodge Durango impaled onto a fire hydrant here. Folks: do NOT take 2WD SUVs out on the road in this. Esp. one with summer tires.)
Immediate snow change here, the wind is both packing down the snow and drying it out, the crystals are far more aggressive. There is very little glide in the fresh pow, but the freshly snowplowed berm is 5 feet wide and PERFECT! for climbing and gliding both. Fresh snowplowage without salt = 5 foot wide berm of corn snow! Tee Hee!
(Two log-hopping mini-downhills later, the wind is really picking up. The front of my jacket is plastered with white snow, and there is 2" of snow on the bill of my baseball cap.
One very flustered-looking fox runs across the road here).
More skiing along the snowplow berm. Some very silly people attempting to drive compact cars. I LOLZ.
Carlin Springs to George Mason (~10pm) the snow is dryer (a lot!) and windfluffed. 4x repeats of the ramp, squiggly teleturns just an absolute delight. The whole George Mason/Carlin Springs area is like a mini-bowl of fluffy delight snow.
(One dead RWD BMW here. Some really stewpid peeples on the roads).
At the bottom of George Mason (~11pm), next to 4-mile Run, the snow turned squeaky clump. Ugh. I am more than EVER convinced that snow soaks up airborne humidity.
Gear: Tua Escape S 205cm, Rivas, Alpina TeleLite
Atomic Rainiers, Rotefella SuperTelemarks, Rossi X9
Wax: Silicone spray followed by Maplus white universal solid (ironed, scraped, Fibertexed). <- This combo ROCKS as an anti-clumper when there is no time to let the skis cool off before skiing. The skier with the Swix CH8/Zardoz combo was clumping like crazy.
Today's project: Lorcom Lane/Custis/Military Road, with maybe a divert to Quebec St.