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This warm, soft-snow day called for a ski tour in the woods!

When we clicked in to our light backcountry gear this morning, the snow was so soft. Our waxless skis grabbed the snow well as we started a climb into the woods. We were exploring a couple of trails in the lowest reaches of the Bolton Valley Nordic trail network.

We were down to our fleece tops for most of this outing. It was quite warm today!

We climbed through a pretty hardwood forest. On some of the beech trees, we noticed bear claw marks and what I think was a bear "nest."

We skied on a couple inches of soft snow on top of a frozen base. Streams were melting out though, so we had to cross or avoid wet areas quite a bit. And the rocks aren't really covered much either. For this reason, we enjoyed the uphill and flat areas more than the much of the downhill. (That's just the way it goes sometimes!) 

But with the warm temperature we enjoyed a liesurely ski tour. We stopped to enjoy a brief lunch at the beaver pond. Meatloaf sandwiches with a view!

We noticed that there were a lot of people driving up to the ski resort today. But out in the woods where we were, we only crossed paths with a small group and then a pair of other skiers. 

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