In advance of the predicted snowstorm on Tuesday, we decided to rip up the tracks at Cassian. Mother Nature threw us a curve and left us pretty high and dry with that snowfall. However, since then we’ve had three days of snow showers. In the end it left us with 2+ inches of fluffy snow. Not the best grooming snow, but today we retracked Cassian. With this additional snow the tracks will be a little deeper, with emphasis on little. Obviously with the cold temperatures, the track will firm up quickly. Still your second skis would be recommended, because there are some thin spots, and a little dirt here and there.
Washburn has had its deck brushed over, and new track were set yesterday. Be aware there is scattered vegetation trhoughout the trail system. The new tracks are not deep, since we missed out on the deeper snows of earlier this week. We have been receiving fluffy snow showers since 1/22, but its not amounting to a great deal. It is not the best for track setting.
For Nose Lake, the track has not been reset in two weeks. However, the track is holding up very nicely. Again the new snow is not providing a good surface to track, and what is below the new snow is rock hard. I skied the west loop this afternoon, and had a pleasant ski. The new snow was slowing my glide, but if you somebody broke trail for you, it was better. The open stretches of the trail were drifitng over. Areas below the pines have a slightly thinner track. Not much if any vegetation is poking through. I used good skis(but that is all I have).
The trail was tracked for the first time this morning. Do not expect mint conditions. The tracks will be shallow, icy, and some spots will have debris in them. Snow texture for grooming was not the best, as the snow was icy. Continue using the rock skis.
All loops were groomed this morning. The skate deck is ready for those good skis. Classic tracks were set, but the tracks are shallow, therefore keep using those rock skis. In addition, there is some debris in the tracks. The landfill loop was not tracked, because it is very bumpy, and needs more snow. The classic double track for now only has one track. A minor electrical problem prevented a second track.
We received 4+ inches of snow Monday. The downside, is it was a very wet snow, accompanied by light rain. Needless to say it left us with a soggy deck. The temperatures did not drop as anticipated until this afternoon. With that said, Nose Lake and Washburn will be groomed and tracked tomorrow(Wed.). Both should be finished by noon. Cassian will be tracked on Thursday a.m., again ready by noon.
Both trails have been cleaned up within the past two days. Considering the amount of snow, they groomed up nicely. Be aware of the higher temperatures for Friday and Saturday. The middle of the day is forecasted to be above freezing so try to avoid those times in an effort to maintain the integrity of the snow we have. There still isn’t enough snow to set a classic track, and only rock skis would be recommended at this time.