For those considering skating to the top, I went there late yesterday. Above the first switchback, the skate deck is firm, with a soft yet crunchy surface. It seemed reasonably fast, even with not being groomed. It was in better shape than many days where snowmobiles damage it right after our groom. You’ll have last night’s groom to the first switchback and then “rustic” 65 conditions above it. Very nice outing.