Merry Christmas! Light fluffy snow falling Thursday morning with a couple of inches coating every little branch and twig. Trees flocked nicely with frost, beautiful morning! Grooming yesterday morning on the skate trails and a few of the classic trails. A fun day on the trails yesterday with the local HS hockey team out for a team building ski and Holiday guests enjoying the upper 20 temps and silky snow. Grooming on 20km of trail. We had a quick moving band of snow move through Tuesday dropping over just an inch of damp snow. We started packing the snow right away in the open and start areas than hit up Skaters Waltz and Suicide Hill. We also groomed 4 classic trails, setting track where the coverage was better and lifting the track setter where thin. Total km of track set around 7km. The new snow groomed in really nice on Skaters Waltz and we were able to disperse the damp snow in some of the low spots etc. and also leveling the trail a bit. The tracks should set up with the cooler temps snow.
Trails active this week and past weekend with skiers from high school teams for ski camp. The trails held up well to the high volume of skier traffic….nearly 3000 skier passes on Skaters Waltz! The reports good from the skiers. Kids happy and smiling to be on snow! Some kids logging nearly 100km of skiing over the weekend, skiing before breakfast, in between meals and night skiing! Great work to all the skiers and coaches.
Trails that have been groomed and open: Skating only on Skaters Waltz, the extension and North Loup. North Loup has a few rough sections and caution must be used with “rock skis”. Packed and groomed but with no tracks for classic skiing on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Rootin Tootin, Twin Lakes and JibFly. Other trails are open for “bush whack skiing” except Bullhead lake. The lakes are to be avoided with un safe ice. Wavy Gravy, Roy’s Run, and Island Lake open for bush whack/make your own track skiing.
Total snowfall since December 15th=8″, compacted base on trail 1-4″. All trails have sections of good coverage and sections with some rough spots. Early season conditions, ski with caution and enjoy! Total snowfall since December 1st, 14″.