December 10, 2021, 05:39 pm

We broke Staircase Trail from the lower Ward Trailhead up to the Ward Trail this afternoon. Exhausted, we went no further. More than 2 feet of new snow, and it was still snowing! In open areas, the breaking seemed bottomless, but it was bit easier in forested areas. We came down the same way, so the tracks on Staircase were pretty decent when we left - hopefully they won't get snowed in or blown in before the weekend! We suspect skiers (including us) can ski farther tomorrow.