Inspired by Coach LD and 'Bent, I went for a fantastic ski around Palgrave West. We've had a lot of ice pellets that have formed a dense base layer with a thin top layer that feels like tiny ball bearings, which is the same way Coach LD described it. It's a very different feeling from skiing on fluffy snow and and it felt fast even when breaking trail. I tried a bit of skating on my waxless skis and it's clear that would have been an even better choice in these conditions. I got into some bushwhacking and scrambling because some big trees are down but that just added to the fun.
We're still waiting for the "historic ice storm" with our collections of filled water containers and charged portable batteries. The next few hours are supposed to be nasty but I think we've dodged the bullet with slightly colder temperatures that produced ice pellets instead of freezing rain. (Let's hope I haven't jinxed it now!)