We post regular updates on our trail conditions, along with some nature observations…
Friday, February 12, 2016 - Reports
Excellent skiing conditions. We have been grooming daily on the trail system this week after 6-8″ of new snow on Sunday. The trails are shaping up nicely and skiing is fantastic. Winter fairyland conditions scattered throughout the entire trail system making for magical skiing. No windchill in the woods at Maplelag we just ski…
Trails that have been groomed and open with tracks set: Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes, North Loup, Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star, Sap Run, Wavy Gravy, Island Lake, North side of Bullhead lake trail and the Bootleg extension, Roy’s Run and JibFly. Skaters Waltz, the extension and North Loup groomed for skating. Please no skating on trails other than Skaters Waltz, North Loup and the extension of Skaters. North Loup also has a track set. Please note portions of certain trails will not be groomed this year due to change in the lease and management on AMA property.
Total snowfall since December 15th=31″, compacted base on trail 7-10″. Snow depth in the woods 20-30″. Total snowfall since December 1st, 37″. Total snowfall since November 20th= 39″. We had a warm spell that melted most of the snow from November 20th and December 1st other than the north facing areas. First grooming of the season on November 20th after 2″ of snowfall.
The trails are open for public day skiing. Trail access pass is $15. Ski rental is $15 a day. Lunch available for day skiers during the Midweek by reservation. Contact us to reserve and for pricing.
Roy’s Run after fresh track cut. February 11th, 2016
Monte's Movers enjoying the beautiful day
Snowy tamarack trees on north end of Bullhead lake
Fresh track on Bootleg extension. Winter fairyland.
Working through a drift on Island Lake trail
Fast tracks on Twin Lakes trail
Breaking up and leveling a drift on Twin Lakes trail. Nice size drifts off the lakes and sloughs.
Fresh beaver track from slough to pond across the trail
Setting fresh track on Twin Lakes
Setting track on JibFly
Breaking up a drift and leveling on JibFly
Panoramic view on Rootin Tootin. Awesome winter scenes in the woods right now
Heading back to the start area
Skaters waltz after another pass
Packing and combing on North Loup! After a few passes, the branches slowly making way back to normal state.
Incredible scenes on North Loup once the sun came out
Second pass with the Ginzu groomer on North Loup trail as it passes Rutherford slough
Packing on Roy's Run. Track to be set Wednesday
Group of deer on Skaters extension. The deer have been out like crazy snacking on the overhanging branches on all the ski trails. Another reason to let the branches be in their natural state.
Rootin Tootin with grooming today
Skaters Waltz groomed again today
Working through a area of deep snow on Roy's Run
Rollpacking on Skaters Waltz Monday morning. Even with the wind branches still loaded with snow in some areas
Working through big drift on Twin Lakes trail near Pete's Porkie
Return from Twin Lakes
Brief moment of sunshine coming through on JibFly
Wave to Jerry. Thanks for coming over to help pack today!
Working through a drift on Mother North Star
Rolling through. Later groomed with the Pisten Bully and tracks set.
Winter scene near the lodge
Afternoon grooming crew, thanks to a snow day!
Most every piece of grooming equipment used today
Setting track with the Pisten Bully on Sap Run
Setting track on Sap Run
Late afternoon skier striding through. The wind filled in the tracks quickly in the open areas. We will continue grooming and tracking on through the week.
With the wind blowing around in the open areas hard to get a accurate measurement but 6-8" blanketting the trails with some pillows of 10-12" in areas.
Grooming over a 10" pillow of fresh snow on Sukkerbusk
Certain pockets there are branches hanging over on the trails. We are not aggressive with our branch cutting as part of our forest management plan so use caution skiing this week!
Didn't take long for tracks to fill in today! Everything is completely covered and will take a good day to get everything groomed proper.