Trail Report

Light snow falling this afternoon. Just under an inch of new dry fluffy snow. Snow forecasted tonight in to tomorrow with 3-6″ forecasted for Maplelag.(Check out the webcams for snowfall) We are ready to pack and groom out any new snow once an inch or two has fallen. We have had recent cold days and mornings with the cold temps over the weekend near 0 on Friday. The temps have been good for setting up ice on the ponds, sloughs and lakes and freezing down the ski trails.  Little Sugarbush lake, lake Maplelag is next two, mostly froze over on November 22nd and than completely froze over on the 26th.

The coverage of snow we have on the trails survived the warmer weather earlier in the week. The coverage is thin but the hard and crusty snow layer making for a good base for the next snowfall. It won’t take much to have good early season skiing. We need 2-3″ additional snow to officially open the trails for safe skiing. We have been skiing a bit on the trails, mainly throwing off branches, deadfall etc.

We had 2-3″ of snow Thursday last week. We did our first formal grooming on Friday, combing and smoothing out Skaters Waltz, Sukkerbusk and Suicide hill.  The main purpose of grooming was to help set frost in the ground in these trails since the ground was not frozen yet and try to preserve the snow on these select trails during warm weather. It helped!  We did have a few skiers out “rock skiing” early on, making way to Suicide Hill which has the best coverage on the trails.

Overall the trails are in fantastic shape, thanks to a mild and mostly dry fall which allowed us to clear the trails up until the most recent snow. The formal mowing was finished the middle of September but since then we have been clearing leaves and deadfall of most of the entire trail system, except for the AMA sections.

We had a beautiful fall of color with some fantastic scenes in the forest. Photos of the fall color can be found on the fall color page or Facebook page.

The Twin Lakes mountain bike loop is now open for fat biking this winter. Latest report click here. 

 

November 28th Trail Report Photos

Coverage on east side of Skaters Waltz

Coverage on east side of Skaters Waltz

 

Bottom of Suicide Hill

Bottom of Suicide Hill

Top of Suicide HIll

Top of Suicide HIll

 

Jack and Cole enjoying a winter ride on the Hudson's Hula singletrack segment off the Twin Lakes mountain bike loop. November 27th, 2015.
Jack and Cole enjoying a winter ride on the Hudson’s Hula singletrack segment off the Twin Lakes mountain bike loop. November 27th, 2015. Latest winter riding report.

 

November 24th and 25th Trail Report Photos

Twin Lakes ski trail early afternoon Tuesday

Twin Lakes ski trail early afternoon Tuesday

Downhill on Twin Lakes ski trail

Downhill on Twin Lakes ski trail

Eagle View hill at the end of Twin Lakes ski trail early Tuesday afternoon

Eagle View hill at the end of Twin Lakes ski trail early Tuesday afternoon

Two way to western trails

Two way to western trails

Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Skaters Waltz early Tuesday afternoon.

Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Skaters Waltz early Tuesday afternoon.

Sukkerbusk

Sukkerbusk

Bottom of Suicide Hill Tuesday afternoon

Bottom of Suicide Hill Tuesday afternoon

Skaters Waltz Wednesday morning

Skaters Waltz Wednesday morning

Section of Skaters Waltz with some coverage Wednesday later morning

Section of Skaters Waltz with some coverage Wednesday later morning

East side of Skaters Waltz

East side of Skaters Waltz

 

Members of the DL Nordic Ski team before heading out for late afternoon ski. November 22nd, 2015.
Members of the DL Nordic Ski team before heading out for late afternoon ski. November 22nd, 2015.

 

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November 21st Trail Report Photos

View from lakeside tower in lodge of Little Sugarbush lake. Just a few spots on the edges that didn't freeze last night. Should freeze over completely by Sunday morning.

View from lakeside tower in lodge of Little Sugarbush lake. Just a few spots on the edges that didn't freeze last night. Should freeze over completely by Sunday morning.

Frosty morning at the trail head.

Frosty morning at the trail head.

Start of Sap Run

Start of Sap Run

Early season skiing on a super thin base. We need 2-3" additional snow to officially open the trails for safe skiing. The thin base we have is a great start and ready for the next snowfall.

Early season skiing on a super thin base. We need 2-3" additional snow to officially open the trails for safe skiing. The thin base we have is a great start and ready for the next snowfall.

Coming up Suicide Hill. As usual, the best coverage and skiing for the snow we have. If interested in skiing, this is the best place to go!

Coming up Suicide Hill. As usual, the best coverage and skiing for the snow we have. If interested in skiing, this is the best place to go!

Skinny field. Best section that has been packed. Fine for back and forth skiing

Skinny field. Best section that has been packed. Fine for back and forth skiing

 

Sap Run

Sap Run

 

November 20th Trail Report Photos

Smoothing and combing out Sucide Hill

Smoothing and combing out Sucide Hill

Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

Sap Run

Sap Run

Skiing on Skaters Waltz later afternoon

Skiing on Skaters Waltz later afternoon

Sukkerbusk/skinny field

Sukkerbusk/skinny field