Thursday, 31 March 2022

Closed for the season

 Today is March 31, the temperature today will be +12, and our snow is almost all gone. So, our trails will be officially closed until next winter. 

Considering that we got a very late start this year, with virtually no skiing in December, and not much in the first half of January, the season turned out not too badly. I personally was able to ski on 79 days, which is 3 more than last year.

Please note that trails that were open just for skiing during the winter are NOT open for walking in summer. You are welcome to walk or run on the main Bruce Trail (marked with white rectangular blazes) and the Bruce side trails, marked with blue rectangular blazes.

Sunday, 27 March 2022

March 27 - New snow

 We've received some new snow, but it only amounts to about 2 cm. Not enough to ski on.

Trails remain closed.

Tuesday, 15 March 2022

March 15 - Trails closed

 We lost a lot of snow yesterday, with the +6 temperature in the afternoon. There are many bare spots on the trails.

Trails are closed.

Monday, 14 March 2022

March 14 - Last Chance to ski?

 Ski conditions this morning are not bad. We received a little bit of new snow yesterday afternoon, resulting in a small improvement in trail conditions. However, there are still many thin spots.

If you want to ski today, come as early as possible; by noon the temperature will be above 0, and rain is expected this afternoon.

The rest of the week looks like a washout, with temperatures up to +16 two days in a row. Today might be our last chance to ski this season.

Sunday, 13 March 2022

March 13 -

 The snow squalls that were predicted for yesterday afternoon did not occur. We had a few flurries, but no significant new accumulation of snow.

Ski conditions range from fair to almost good. I will pack a few more trails in the north end this morning, in order to better define the trail where there was drifting yesterday afternoon.

UPDATE: Northern trails have been groomed (packed with roller and comb). Trails in the bush are fairly good, but those on the open fields are poor to fair. There are several places where the snow has been totally blown away. The section of #17 that parallels Airport Road has almost no snow on it. The pinnacle at the top end of North Plateau is also very thin and icy. Mainline hill at the east end of the open field between the 2 ends of trail #12 is also icy.

Saturday, 12 March 2022

March 12 - Open again

 Yesterday's snowfall accumulation was about 7 cm; just enough to restore skiable conditions on the trails. I've been out this morning, and it was skiing quite nicely.

With this amount of snow, I'm not sure grooming is necessary. I will try some limited grooming this morning, and then assess whether it is worthwhile.

There are still many thin spots, and the old icy crust can be felt just beneath the surface of the new powder. Ski with caution, especially on hills. Rock skis are recommended if you have some.

Late this morning and this afternoon, snow squalls are possible. Additional accumulations of 5 to 10 cm might occur, with blowing and drifting snow and strong northwest winds.

MIDDAY UPDATE: I've groomed all central trails with the roller/comb and they are skiing very nicely. Ski conditions are almost to the point where I would call them "good". As predicted earlier, we are beginning to get some flurries, and the snowsquall watch has been upgraded to a warning. As long as it continues snowing and blowing, I will not do any further grooming.

One further note of caution: the parking lot on the 5 Sideroad is quite icy.

South end of trail #3, after grooming this morning

Friday, 11 March 2022

March 11 - It's snowing

 It's 4 p.m. and it's been snowing moderately since this morning. I think it may be OK to re-open the trails tomorrow morning.