I stepped out of my car at 6:30am, it's still dark. The crew starts to arrive on Cypress Mountain for the final race of the season. It's cold, clear and windy. I kick my boot into the fresh snow to get a feel for the depth. Although it's not a lot the 5cm to 10cm will make a difference. On Friday conditions were hard pack, while out marking the course I could have run it with just my Montrails. The fresh had freshened it up and old man winter was still around for our final event. Cypress is always a good one, the trails that loop in and out of the Nordic Ski area are rolling sweet single track. All the runners that compete it is a great way to finish up the season as this would be considered the most forgiving courses of the Yeti Series.
Grouse Mountain takes us to our highest point on the Yeti circuit topping out at 4,500ft on the summit of Dam Mountain. The 800ft climb from the start line is a wall of white that athletes took on and conquered. Unlike many of our courses that are nestled through sub alpine tree lines Grouse is a big up and over. With the weather working in our favor it was going to be a special day.
We saw a mixed bag of weather for the first of three of the local series on Mount Seymour. Cool and crisp would describe the day with the track feeling firm under foot. We new the times would be fast on this tough North Shore course.
Yeti Snowshoe events are usually set in winter, cold and white with breath visible as snowshoers prepare for 5 or 10k events. Mount Washington 2009 would be very different with temperatures toping out at 15 degrees near the 11:00am race start time. The layers always come off just before race start but nothing quite like this. One competitor completed the 10k without his shirt on.