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Trail Report

The snow from Sunday’s storm has melted off and the trails are starting to dry up. The ponds and sloughs are very high as a result of the excessive moisture this Fall, bringing the water tables to their most highest levels in recent years. Has been a beautiful week in the woods and we have enjoyed having up to 30 trumpeter swans swimming and flying over Little Sugarbush this week as well. On a still calm morning, it is quite fascinating to watch and listen to. Photos below from this past week.

Little Sugarbush Swan Photos

 

Although we had a few mornings of temps near 20 during calm waters, no ice formed on the edges of the lakes. A few reeds getting frosted though.

Although we had a few mornings of temps near 20 during calm waters, no ice formed on the edges of the lakes. A few reeds getting frosted though.

Swans flying over the Swithyard (cabooses at Maplelag)

Swans flying over the Swithyard (cabooses at Maplelag)

Swans on Little Sugarbush

Swans on Little Sugarbush

Two groups of swans that eventually joined together

Two groups of swans that eventually joined together

Swans on the west edge of Little Sugarbush

Swans on the west edge of Little Sugarbush

Skiing on the First Accumulating Snowfall of the Year

Jonell skiing through the Skinny Field
Jonell skiing through the Skinny Field on October 28th

Sunday morning on October 26th, we woke up to almost blizzard like conditions and fresh snow on the trails. The snow stayed around until Wednesday morning, providing four days of skiing. It wasn’t great skiing but the skiing we had was certainly better than not skiing with Suicide Hill seeing most of the action!! More photos and reports on the October 26th27th and 29th reports and trail reports page.

Trail Report

With morning lows near 20 Tuesday morning, the snow had a hard time melting off, especially in the protected areas, which allowed for a late morning ski on select trails. Suicide Hill was holding very good coverage and made for some nice skiing under beautiful conditions. Afternoon saw warmer temps and snow loss but Wednesday morning still see large patches of white throughout the woods. Should get warm enough today to melt off the remaining snow from Sunday’s storm and quite a bit warmer on Thursday that should melt what remains. It certainly was a treat to ski this early in the season and it won’t be long until the next storm comes rolling through with white. Cold nights setting up ice on area ponds but will have a hard time staying locked in with warmer temps forecasted. The north and south ends of Bullhead lake trail still needs Fall grooming and hopefully end of the week we can clear this trail. Some deadfall did come down with the wind on Sunday and we will be clearing the trails the next few weeks. Photos taken Tuesday.

Trail Report

A beautiful day in the woods after the wind settled down and sun out in full force. Cold temps keeping the melting at a minimum with high temp just above freezing. For late October, pretty nice skiing early this morning and late afternoon, mainly on Suicide Hill which has the best protection from sun and warm temps. Should manage another ski tomorrow morning before warming temps tomorrow melts most of the remaining snow. With calm conditions and very cold temps, should see some serious ice in the morning. Photos taken Monday, October 27th.