Trail Report

A repeat of the last two mornings/days… hard freeze with temps down to the mid 20’s and warming to near 40. Freezing at nights has been key for preserving the snow coverage we have on the trails. We are focusing on a 4km loop of Skaters Waltz and Suicide Hill, trying to keep it skiable for ski race and ski camp coming up. We have the trails closed this week to preserve the base as we have been doing some snow harvesting as well. Overall the coverage on the trails holding out fine with average 70% coverage on the entire trail system. The Skaters Waltz 4km loop has 100% coverage with some thin areas we are working on this week.

The long term forecast for snow looks good at this point. We know better than to trust snow models but helps keep us optimistic and positive.

We had a good group of skiers on the trails this past weekend including Saturday morning. The Moorhead Nordic ski team logged a solid four hours of both classic (double pole) and skate skiing and a handful of other skiers. Nice job to those that came out to …Just Ski!!

We groomed on 30km of trail last week after a storm dropped 5-6″ of snow. We set a test track  on 2km of trail on Sukkerbusk which is now worn thin from melting. Skiing has been very good for early season but now conditions are poor to fair and the trails are closed to preserve snow.

 

Another load of snow ready to be spread on the trail. December 8th, 2015.
Another load of snow ready to be spread on the trail. December 8th, 2015.

 

Visible stretch of trail seeing base enhancement after a morning of snow harvesting. December 8th, 2015.
Visible stretch of trail seeing base enhancement after a morning of snow harvesting. December 8th, 2015.

December 7th Trail Report Photos

Back side of Skaters Waltz still with good coverage

Back side of Skaters Waltz still with good coverage

Suicide Hill holding out strong as usual

Suicide Hill holding out strong as usual

 

Start of Sukkerbusk thin cover but won't take much to have good early season conditions if we can hang on to the base

Start of Sukkerbusk thin cover but won't take much to have good early season conditions if we can hang on to the base

Harvesting snow from the pond to bring to the trail

Harvesting snow from the pond to bring to the trail

Building up the coveage on a thin area of skaters waltz

Building up the coveage on a thin area of skaters waltz

 

Ready to freeze down at night and battle another warm day!

Ready to freeze down at night and battle another warm day!

Ski at sunset to check the day's work

Ski at sunset to check the day's work

December 5th Trail Report Photos

Moorhead Nordic Ski Team out on the trails bright and early.

Moorhead Nordic Ski Team out on the trails bright and early.

Double pole workout on Sukkerbusk

Double pole workout on Sukkerbusk

Top of Suicide Hill

Top of Suicide Hill

Skate ski technique work on Suicide Hill

Skate ski technique work on Suicide Hill

 

Maplelag team member Ben and Denny on the trail Saturday morning

Maplelag team member Ben and Denny on the trail Saturday morning

Zach driving up from the cities for a Saturday morning ski.

Zach driving up from the cities for a Saturday morning ski.

Nice section of Skaters Waltz early Saturday morning.

Nice section of Skaters Waltz early Saturday morning.

Thin cover area on Skaters Waltz exposed to last nights wind

Thin cover area on Skaters Waltz exposed to last nights wind

December 4th Trail Report Photos

Friday morning group of skiers.

Friday morning group of skiers.

Peder Arneson back at Maplelag, this time switching out mountain bike for skis!

Peder Arneson back at Maplelag, this time switching out mountain bike for skis!

Checking out the track around noon on Friday

Checking out the track around noon on Friday

Still good coverage on east side of Sukkerbusk Friday around noon

Still good coverage on east side of Sukkerbusk Friday around noon

When it starts sticking, its time to get off the trails!

When it starts sticking, its time to get off the trails!

December 3rd Trail Report Photos

Little Sugarbush lake Thursday afternoon. The top water was absorbed by all the snow than froze hard last night. There is 3-5" of ice on the lake.

Little Sugarbush lake Thursday afternoon. The top water was absorbed by all the snow than froze hard last night. There is 3-5" of ice on the lake.

Denny Barry taking a short break on North Loup after clearing sticks. Thanks Denny!

Denny Barry taking a short break on North Loup after clearing sticks. Thanks Denny!

Heading down the hill.

Heading down the hill.

Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

Beatiful conditions on North Loup mid day on Thursday

Beatiful conditions on North Loup mid day on Thursday

Building up the base on southern exposed sections on Skaters Waltz

Building up the base on southern exposed sections on Skaters Waltz

 

December 2nd Trail Report Photos

Combing on Twin Lakes

Combing on Twin Lakes

Setting a test track on Sukkerbusk. Track set off and on for 2km. We will have the track for Thursday morning skiing than erasing it to preserve the snow on the trail.

Setting a test track on Sukkerbusk. Track set off and on for 2km. We will have the track for Thursday morning skiing than erasing it to preserve the snow on the trail.

 

 

Skaters Waltz. Incredible winter wonderland conditions Wednesday

Skaters Waltz. Incredible winter wonderland conditions Wednesday

Ginzu grooming on Skaters Waltz

Ginzu grooming on Skaters Waltz

 

South Twin Lake

South Twin Lake

Snowy scene as seen from Twin Lakes trail

Snowy scene as seen from Twin Lakes trail

 

Top of Suicide Hill

Top of Suicide Hill

Long hill on North Loup

Long hill on North Loup

Smoothing out the trail on North Loup

Smoothing out the trail on North Loup

 

Don Camp stopping by for a late afternoon ski on way home to MI after a week in West Yellowstone

Don Camp stopping by for a late afternoon ski on way home to MI after a week in West Yellowstone

 

Good sign when the trees stay flocked with snow all day. Think Cold!!

Good sign when the trees stay flocked with snow all day. Think Cold!!

Incredible skiing for December second.

Incredible skiing for December second.

 

Grooming on Suicide Hill, December 1st, 2015.
Grooming on Suicide Hill, December 1st, 2015.
Grooming through the skinny field. December 1st, 2015.
Grooming through the skinny field. December 1st, 2015.
Packing on Twin lakes trail. December 1st, 2015.
Packing on Twin lakes trail. December 1st, 2015.
Fresh snow on the Maplelag grounds as seen from the tower webcam. December 1st, 2015.
Fresh snow on the Maplelag grounds as seen from the tower webcam. December 1st, 2015.