Not as cold to start the day after Christmas. A very light dusting of snow with a little bit more to possibly come down by noon. Less than an inch expected. We will be setting tracks here and there on one side of the classic trails. The tracks is thin and down to the ground in spots but we are doing this so any new snow will fill in the thin spots. Just one track set on the side and the rest of the deck is packed for open classic. Skating is very good on skaters waltz. Rootin Tootin, Skaters Extension and North Loup were packed yesterday. Bit more rough on these trails but skiable throughout with caution.
We have groomed Twin Lakes, Sukkerbusk, JibFly, Mother Hen, Rootin Tootin and Sap Run for classic skiing (no track set, skier made track). Skaters Waltz has been groomed for skating and is the best condition for skating. North Loup and Skaters Extension also groomed for skating but bit more rough on these trails. Other trails are open for classic bushwhacking. Please no skating on trails besides those designated for skating. There are areas of thin cover and other unmarked obstacles on all the trails. The ice is thick on the lake for skating with 7-10″ being reported and we have a nice area cleared off by the fire pit. We are working on the rink on ground and a day or two will be ready. The sledding hill is open and few runs have been taken! Plunge hole has been cut! Feels more like winter and we are having fun!
Sunday morning we had a low key skate race with around 20 people racing (click for results and photos). Thanks to everyone who participated!! The course held up great to “racing speeds” with a few uphills showing a few rough spots but overall generally good “rock” skiing for the thin base. Skiers staying at the resort enjoying the trails including a few reports of people skiing the outer trails, Roy’s Run and Wavy Gravy.
The Lotvola Cup is postponed until a later date in the season