Yesterday your correspondent in the field rose early from bed at my friend's house in Myrtleford and went up to Falls Creek for the day in search of some XC skiing . I skied out to Langford Gap Hut and had lunch there . The Aqueduct near the Hut at Langford Gap looked like Late Sept. out there. Marginal , VERY icy and skis on / skis off, snow melting in the bright spring like sunshine , and big un skiable snow drifts alternating with bare grass and rocks, which could be seen across the BHP too . I had Wallace's hut in mind as a destination but the snow cover was bullet proof ice , horrid to ski on and then there were bare patches of road, big sections of grass, it was not good to ski on at all despite being a sunny and clear day with nearly no wind . I was not encouraged by the skiing conditions and I should have been skiing on my Madshus Epoch skis for skiing on ungroomed Bullet Proof boiler plate Ice. I was skiing on my Fischer skinny BC skis with the pattern base and metal edges. I just went back towards the Dam wall via Langford/ Paul's loop. There were bits of that which were boiler plate ice with skaters' tracks frozen into the surface. I skied along the side of the route where possible but that was also like a rock . Walking with skis for short distance back down to the Lake side track after a stack did not cause my 93 kg frame to break through the surface. . I snow ploughed / plough turned down a descending bend but the metal edged skis did nothing on the ice . I was sliding down the fall line not around the bend so the bum break had to be pulled out to avert a worse crash. Herringboning up that surface in places took some doing ! I skied over 13 kms and noticed that on the way back that even Roper's Aqueduct trail had bare patches. WE NEED SOME SNOW! What is it with nuff nuffs walking in street shoes on the groomed XC ski trails? I saw them heading out to the Watch bed Creek , up the Paralyser, out to Panorama loop , Roper's track etc. They leave footprints down the middle of the corduroy ski trails or worse yet still muck up the classic chook footer tracks by walking all over them and damaging the classic track grooves. One day one of these clueless pedestrians will be collected by a very fast skier and I think that would be somehow a fitting result. Anyway the surface did not soften much all day except for the final descent from the Nordic Bowl back to Windy Corner .That was fun to ski on and it was still fast , firm and unforgiving . I am posting some photos of my day out on planks. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// The fog and mist after a frosty night hung in the valley below the massif of a snowless Mt. Buffalo, as seen on the drive to Mt. Beauty from Myrtleford.