Just back from another day at LM. I'm glad I could get up there today, as it was a lovely day, weatherwise, and tomorrow will most likely be very busy. The condition of the snow, however, was very different from my previous trip. Today, it was soft and slow, making for hard work on skating skis. Glad I took fast skates and new boots, but it was still tough going. I had hoped the snow might be firmer higher up, but apparently there has been r**n and it was soft and messy just about everywhere I went. Past the Camp via woolybutt, out to the Triangle, up to the junction at the top of Muster, the back via Echo Flat and Snowgum trail. Not too bad for an old fart recovering from knee surgery, I thought. But then I came across Steve, a pretty serious and competitive skater, who was out there after heart surgery this year! What is it about xc skiing? Some thin brown patches on the way down suggest some meltage has already started. Make the most of LM for this year, people.