It was sunny and -8 C as a baker’s dozen of Beaver Tails converged on Gai Luron last Sunday. The ski conditions were not quite as nice as the weather. That first big storm missed the lower Laurentians and the so the snow base is thin. The trails are mostly covered and there were no icy spots, but the skiing was on hard-packed snow that made the descents surprisingly tricky, especially on the L trail. The last 2 km of the L were closed and skiers were diverted on to the A. But on other parts of the trails, the tracks were well-formed and the skiing was good. The consensus was that, all in all, it was a beautiful day to be skiing out in the woods!