Washburn update 12/29

The skate deck was reset this afternoon.  Groomers put the teeth down into the deck trying to mix last nights fluff with the old snow.  With the cold temps. , the trail will harden in no time at all.  Still do not have classic tracks…we need more white stuff.

Washburn,Cassian, and Nose Lake update 12/22

Well skiers, its been a dry week.  The promised snow didn’t materialize, except for a dusting on Wed.  However our trails are still open, but you may want to use those “B” skis.

We brushed up the Washburn trail yesterday.  With the lack of snow, debris is beginning to collect, and the deck is thinning in a few spots, but its is still very skiable.  Also keep in mind there are no classic tracks at Washburn.

For Cassian and Nose Lake we didn’t do anything with the tracks that were put down last week.  Cassian has had less travel on it than Nose Lake, and the tracks were still looking ok, but like Washburn, debris is collecting in the tracks.  The wetland stretch between Goodyear Lake Rd. and Timber Lake Rd, is rough.

At Nose Lake, the track was hanging in there, but has seen a lot of traffic, not only from skiers, but deer.  More vegetation is poking through on the East Loop, especially in the open areas.   Also some small bare spots are appearing in the logged area.   In the woods, the track was still ok.    On the West Loop, more pine needles are making their way into the track, but it is not widespread.

Until more snow arrives, we are shutting down our grooming operations for fear of making things worse.

With that said, we’re wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season, and happy skiing.

Washburn Cross County Ski Grooming Report, December 15, 2017

There was about an inch of new snow on the trail after grooming Thursday.  We did not set tracks as the depth of snow is not consistent enough.  The track set towards the Cassian trail has several dirt spots showing.  In general, the deck is firm and pretty good.  I skied before grooming and it was starting to break down on some of the uphills as the snow is very dry.  With the cold temps tonight, the deck should be pretty stiff in the morning.  There are a few, and I mean just a few, patches of leaves that have been turned up.  You can easily avoid these and I used my good ski’s tonight.

Cassian and Nose Lake update 12/15

Both trails had classic tracks set today.  The tracks  appeared to set up nicely, especially with the cold temps.  There will be patches of vegetation poking through in spots, but certainly nothing to warrant rock skis.

At Nose Lake there are some bumpy spots in and around where the last logging operations took place.

Washburn trail update 12/13

The skate deck was set today. The snow that we received was fairly dry, and grainy, therefore the deck is not in mid season shape. A few dirt spots did arise today, so be aware of that. The deck will be a little bumpy, again due to the snow not compacting as we had hoped. Our plans for setting classic tracks are on hold for now, again because of the type of snow we have. Other than that, skiers should have a positive experience…especially for it being only Dec.13.

Washburn,Cassian and Nose Lake update 12/13

We received around 8-9 inches today.  Washburn was rolled today, and tomorrow we will be setting the skate deck.  On Friday we plan on setting classic tracks.

Our groomers will make a trip out on the Cassian trail to begin the packing process.  The plan is to roll on Friday, and set the track on Sat.

Tomorrow Nose Lake will be rolled, and the track will be set on Friday.

Washburn,Cassian and Nose Lake update 12/12

The trails at Washburn were rolled yesterday.  The deck is extremely thin with sticks, grass poking through, and there are a few bare spots too.  With this said we are not recommending skiing even with rock skis.  More snow is in the forecast for Wed.  We will be out compacting as it falls.

As for Cassian and Nose Lake, both have wet spots, which are not freezing over very quickly.  We are monitoring them and trying to encourage some quicker freezing.  Until that occurs we cannot take our equipment on those trails.