Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Corduroy Outbreak Strikes in West Glacier

We’ve got a bad case of corduroy… and it’s spreading!

Marc Evans, Glacier Outdoor Center’s (GOC) Head Groomer, Nordic Ski Patroler and Backcountry Guide was the first to alert us to the growing swaths of corduroy spreading through the woods near West Glacier.  “It seems that Glacier Outdoor Center is the epicenter of the outbreak,” says Evans.  “We started with 10 kilometers of groomed trail, but that number seems to be growing daily.”

According to several eye witnesses, the snow-covered hills surrounding GOC seem to be enveloped in meticulously manicured Nordic ski trails.    There is considerable speculation about what’s causing the growing expanse of skiable terrain, but few concrete facts illuminating its origin.  Some claim it’s a side effect of this winter’s La Niña weather pattern, while others think aliens might be at work.  “The grooming is just so smooth and symmetrical… like crop circles in winter.  It has to be aliens,” says Kali Tholen, GOC’s Reservation Manager.

“I think it’s because of the race,” said GOC Retail Manager, Karsten Carlson.  “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we’ve got a bunch of phenomenal skiers arriving next month and our trails keep growing every day.  I mean look at the Arena.  That place was thigh deep powder just days ago and now it looks ready for international competition.”  The Race that Carlson alludes to is the The Race at Glacier /Western States Ski Festival, a huge regional Nordic race happening here on February 26th and 27th and consisting of the best young winter athletes in the West.   The Arena, as Carlson calls it, is an oval-shaped expanse of snow beyond GOC, looks to have been prepped specifically for some type of competition. Coincidence?

So, what is causing this pandemic of perfect trails?  Is it weather?  Aliens? Or just a grooming crew suffering from mild OCD?  We may never know.  But for now I recommend you make a pilgrimage to Glacier Outdoor Center and see for yourself.

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