For the last day of vacation before sending my folks to AMC winter school, we planned Greeley Ponds, which is a low key cross country ski. It had poured and blown all night in Lincoln, so there was no snow there. But as we headed up the Kanc, the plow banks became impressively high.
Once we got on the trail, the combination of loads of heavy snow and wind had broken and bent many trees over the trail. So we did a good deal of trail maintenance and trail finding along with breaking trail in thick snow. There was no powder, but the snow was soft enough that you could readily push a pole basket first all the way into the snow. The snow was also so full of moisture that the ski tracks and pole plant holes looked blue.
We didn’t even make it all the way up to the saddle, but we got out and skied.