Thursday 29 February 2024

Still Closed

 Yesterday's forecast suggested that we might receive a significant snowfall from squalls in the afternoon and overnight. That snowfall did not materialize. We received perhaps 1 or 2 cm of new snow. It is not enough to make skiing possible again. Trails remain closed.

Thursday 22 February 2024

Trails Closed

 We lost a lot of snow yesterday, and we are going to lost a lot more today, with sunshine and +10 temperature. There are now too many bare spots for skiing. Trails are closed.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Shrinking Snow

 With bright sunshine and +4 yesterday, we lost a lot of snow. Bare spots and icy patches are showing up in many places. Warm weather today and tomorrow is going to take away a lot more snow.

As of right now (7 a.m.), at a temperature of -1, it is still possible to ski, but it's not going to last long.

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Get it while it lasts

 Yesterday turned out to be a very nice day of skiing. Conditions remain about the same, at least for the first half of today. For the most part, trails are nicely covered with packed powder. There are a few small thin spots, some containing ice.

My experiment with track-setting yesterday was a success; I was able to set some quite good tracks on several of the central trails. These remain in good condition this morning.

Unfortunately, a warming trend is arriving. It will be above freezing by noon today, and the next 2 days are predicted to be much warmer.

Today might be our last chance for a while to have decent skiing.

Monday 19 February 2024

A Little More Snow

 It snowed lightly for most of the day yesterday, with very little accumulation. But then, late in the afternoon, a heavier squall parked over us for about an hour. As a result, we have a total new snowfall of about 4 cm. This is very nice, dry snow, with good glide.

I will be grooming right after breakfast. Once that is done, skiing should be good. It's cool to start off this morning (-11), but should reach a comfortable -3 this afternoon.

9:45 a.m. Update: Most trails have now been groomed. Only a few in the central area have not been done yet this morning; after a coffee break, I am going to try some track-setting on those. 

There are still some thin spots. One particularly bad one is on #7 Around the Pines, just west of the corner where Tornado Alley connects. The wind has blown away all the snow at the top of the hill there.

Sunday 18 February 2024

Windy

 We have strong winds this morning. This has 3 results: first, it feels much colder than the -8 temperature; second it has caused some drifting of snow on the trails; third, it may bring us more snow through squalls.

I had planned to do some renovating/grooming this morning, but with this wind blowing it would be pointless. Grooming will have to wait until the wind dies down.

Ski conditions remain about the same as yesterday, ranging from fair to good.

Saturday 17 February 2024

Better Skiing

 Conditions continue to improve gradually. We had a couple of heavy flurries yesterday afternoon, and a little more snow has fallen overnight. North end trails were groomed yesterday morning, and the central trails were done again late yesterday afternoon. I will groom the southern trails this morning.

Snow is still thin in some places, such as under the thick canopy of conifer plantations. Also, a few open field locations had most of the new powder snow stripped away by the wind, leaving only the old icy base. I have not done any track-setting, because the snow depth is generally not sufficient.

Ski conditions still range from fair to good. Temperatures today are nice: currently -10. The forecast says there is a possibility of snow squalls both today and tomorrow.

9:30 a.m. Update: All the southern trails have been re-groomed and are looking pretty good. It's a nice sunny day out there right now.