March 5, 2021

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For xc skiers, there is nothing sweeter than skiing overland on the hard crust that results from warm sunny days followed by cold nights that refreezes a small layer of slushy snow on top of the snowpack. It might only be an inch thick, on top of two feet of soft sugary snow underneath. Conditions must be just so to hold up the silly person who is willing to go far off across the Great Marsh on narrow sticks hoping to return home before that thin layer melts in the morning sun, leaving them stranded until it freezes again. It’s getting close.