I haven't been able to go out on my usual XC Ski trails for about a week now. We had a big thaw last week and no new snow. When I see a nice blanket of snow, I think of it as nature in its dress whites. Now it looks more like nature in its skivvies -- some areas peeking through that we really don't want to see.
I've been trying to get a group out on a Thursday evening backwoods ski for about a month now. One week was too icy, one week blizzard, one week too warm. Seems like XC Ski season has been ending earlier each year.