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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.

Trail Report

Sunday morning and early afternoon saw about 3-4″ of fresh snow fall on the Maplelag trails. The ground was not frozen so the snow melted a bit from underneath but still was enough snow for some skiing on Suicide Hill. Jake and I skied out to Suicide on double green and Sukkerbusk trails. The skiing was better than expected and a complete treat to be skiing so early in the year. A added bonus was the trumpeter swans on Bullhead lake that were making all kinds of noises. There were also about 500 ducks sitting on Bullhead lake. The snow will melt off by Tuesday but should be able to get another ski or two in before it is gone. Photos from Sunday late afternoon.

Trail Report

Sunday morning we woked up to almost blizzardlike conditions. A inch or so has fallen and has accumulated on the trails. Snow forecasted to fall off and on the rest of the day.  Might stick around for a few days with colder temps to follow this very strong cold front but should melt off by middle of the week with very warm ground underneath. Either way, it is exciting to see white and a reminder winter is not too far away.  Photos below taken Sunday morning.