Wednesday, 27 March 2019

March 27 - It looks like we're done for this year

Our snow is all gone. Trails are either bare, or covered with glare ice. Unless we get a really big, freak snowstorm in the next couple of weeks, we're done for this season.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

March 16 - No skiing

After 2 days of warm temperatures and rain, we have lost most of our snow. Now that the temperature has dropped below freezing again, what remains is glare ice. You don't want to ski on this stuff. This may be the end of our ski season, unless we get another substantial snowfall.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

March 14 - Skiing not recommended

Mild temperatures and rain have adversely affected our trails. Snow is slushy and getting thin. Skiing is not recommended.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

March 10 - warm weather: Yuk!

I am not on site at the trails today, so I have not been able to check their condition. However, with the warm temperature and rain, I suspect things are not very good. It would be better to stay off the trails today. Cooler weather, and maybe a little bit of new snow, will return tomorrow, so things may improve after that.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

March 7 - still good skiing

The skiing continues to be good today. Some sections of trail in open areas are covered with a little bit of drifted snow, but this is not too bad. I went over the worst areas this afternoon with the groomer, so this has improved things a bit, but the drifting (and some new snowfall) were continuing, so the trails will get drifted in again. It looks like we should be OK until Saturday.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

March 6 - good skiing

I'm sorry, I haven't posted recently, for 2 reasons. First, my computer was in the shop for repairs, and second, I was away skiing in northern Wisconsin and northwestern Ontario, so I didn't really know what the conditions were like here. The good news is that we have plenty of nice powder snow, and I groomed all trails yesterday. There was some pretty active drifting going on yesterday afternoon, so some trail sections in open areas will be blown in a bit, but generally the skiing right now is very good, and should remain good for the next couple of days.
This is the Black Cherry trail, Tuesday afternoon March 5

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Wednesday evening update - ski while you can!

95% of our trails were groomed today; the only trail section that was not done was the eastern half of Northfield Circuit. However, the wind was strong from the west, so some sections in the open areas were getting drifted in very soon after grooming. Overall, the skiing is very good right now, but in this topsy turvy fickle winter we're having, it may not last very long. Tomorrow night, the temperature is predicted to rise to 0, with rain possible, so all this beautiful powder could be transformed into ice by Friday.
This is a portion of trail #12, taken this afternoon.

Now, I have a request for one of our skiers: the guy who comes and telemarks all over the place. I don't know if you read this blog, but if so, please stay on the trails, and only the trails that are meant for skiing. Today there were telemark tracks zig-zagging back and forth across some challenging hills, into the bush and back out again. There were ski tracks on trails that are marked as snowshoe only trails. Please read and obey all signage. I have tried to maximize the enjoyment for all user groups - skiers, hikers, and snowshoers - by creating separate trails for each group wherever possible. But if people won't obey the signage, then all this effort is wasted. How can I expect hikers and snowshoers to stay off the ski trails, if skiers insist on skiing on the walking trails. So, please be considerate of other trail users, and be a responsible skier. If you want to telemark off-trail, then please go someplace else; this is not the place for you.