The Payette valley is full of Ann’s MacGregor cousins. Jock MacGregor is an insatiable skier, and I have a feeling that he’s the reason a staff member at Tamarack gives me his okay to skin up a closed run. I’m ready for a good uphill workout, and go for it. Before leaving the open part of the ski area I’m stopped by a ski patroller who informs me that uphill traffic is usually prohibited, but lets me go when I say who cleared me. The same thing happens at the top.
I have a good run, and have time to do another partial lap back to where I sniffed out a pocket of nice snow. Not bad given the scarce snowfall this year!