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.
Washburn,Cassian, Nose lake update 12/28
We received about 2″ of snow yesterday, along with .5″ of rain. This left the trails soft and mushy. Luckily the temperatures dropped throughout the day and allowed us to groom them. Since the amount of snow was light, and the previous deck shallow, all we could do is roll and compact. The end result was a thin corduroy deck. At this time no tracks have been set(not enough snow). All three tails are skiable, but use rock skis. Washburn and Cassian have some rough spots. Washburn’s are due to some fall logging operations that mother nature didn’t allow to be corrected. Nose Lake has a few rough spots on the east loop, and does have a fair amount of vegetation poking through the snow. Do not expect mid season conditions. The cold evening temperatures should allow all three trails to harden and set up nicely…again under the conditions.
Trail was rolled and compacted today. No tracks were set. The deck is skiable, but only for rock skis. North loop appears to have the best of the conditions. Also be aware that deer hunting is still going until Sunday(9th), so wear some blaze orange.
The trails were rolled this morning. As one would expect our deck is not very deep, just a few inches. The deck is acceptable for skate skiers with rock skis. No tracks have been set, and won’t be until more snow arrives. There was logging in the area, and that accompanied by a wet fall left some significant ruts. Those ruts will impact your skiing until we get more snow to bury them. Be aware there is still deer hunting in the county forest until Sunday, Dec 9th, so wear some blaze orange.
With the warming temperatures, the trails at Washburn will be closing. Please stay off of the trails. They need to dry out completely before they will open again for running, biking, and hiking.
The east loop was tracked this morning. Both loops set up very nice. Good skis can still be used. Again to extend the tracks, try to ski early or late. Avoid the mid-day due to the warm sun conditions.
Well, after two significant snowfalls within 4 days we now have something to work with, at least in the short term. Nose Lake was compacted and groomed this morning. However, only the west loop has a track. The east loop needed a lot of prepping before putting down the track, and the conditions got to warm for tracking. So the plan is to track the east loop early tomorrow. Currently it is skiable, but not tracked. It looks like there will be some nice late season conditions at Nose Lake. To maximize the conditions, try skiing early, or real late, and avoid the afternoon.
Washburn and Cassian are not getting groomed. With the deteriorating conditions of 10 days ago, the decision was to take the snowmobiles in for their annual maintenance work. So they are in the shop, and won’t be pulled out again till next ski season.
As of today we are suspending grooming operations for the season at Washburn. The deck in the shady areas has about a 5-6 inches of depth, but the south facing areas it will be less. We already are aware of some spots where grass is poking through. Temperatures over the next few days will be higher, and rain is predicted for early next week. . The trails are open for skiers to use, until we have our final meltdown. Classic tracks are still present, but they are not in very good condition.
Finally, be aware that at least 1/3 of the Perch Lake parking lot is icy and slippery. Please be careful walking across it.
We would like to thank all the skiers who were out at all the venues this season. We will see you next winter.