So nice the first day, had to go back. The Overcliff trail was groomed and fast this morning. Felt like I was flying down the trail. I was feeling so good, I decided to go for the full loop, returning on Undercliff. Error. The XC track ended about half way back to Trapps Bridge, and the rest of the way was a spastic exhibition compared with my smooth, almost effortless rhythm on the backside. Still, you're in the sun on the Undercliff side, so it was nice and warm. So much so that my thoughts drifted to climbing. Really. The cliff was totally sun soaked, and the walls seemed quite dry. I thought perhaps of snowshoeing out over the weekend to warm up, and trying a couple of pitches.
Anyway, the snow on the Undercliff side is also in the snow, and has already started to evaporate, melt and refreeze. I suggest keeping to the backside for a happy outing.