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Friday, December 28, 11:25 p.m. **GROOMING UPDATE AT BOTTOM 4:56 P.M.

 
 
 
GROOMING
SNOW MACHINE VS. SNOW CAT
What we have to do vs. what we want to do
 
 
 
Currently out at Kincaid, there is just enough base to use the snow cat sparingly.  The other venues have only 3-4" of low density base snow.  The small Pisten Bullys (snow cats) weigh 10,000 pounds and if we brought them out on that little base bad things (such as breaking up the base and turning up dirt) would happen, especially on the hills and the sharp turns. 
 
Snow machine grooming takes 2-3 passes with less effect than a single pass with a snow cat.  This means hours and hours of work with modest results.  While driving a snow machine may seem like fun at first, doing it for a full shift at sub-zero temperatures can be trying.
 
We are really, really anxious, and would much prefer, to groom with the snow cats because they are not only more comfortable, heated, and have a radio, but can do three times the work in the same amount of time.  However, years of experience have taught us that bringing the snow cats out too early will haunt us for the rest of the season.
 
There is not much more that we can do, aside from regular maintenance, to improve the condition of the trails until we get more snow.  We are just happy that the trails are, at least, covered and the skiing is as good as it is.  All the groomers so greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and support at this time.

                                                                                                                                                         
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UPDATE 4:55 p.m.

KINCAID - Craig                                        

Today Craig and Warren groomed the skate lanes on the Mize, the Lekisch, Margaux's and the Jodhpurs lighted loops with snow machines.  They said to look out for dirt that is starting to develop on some of the downhills.  They were able to shovel snow on some of them, but not all.

HILLSIDE - Tom                                        

Tom groomed all the lighted loops on the upper Hillside including the Spencer.  He, very gingerly, made another pass on the Tour trail again today to Tudor Rd.  For those of you looking for tracks up there, he was able to put a marginal set in on the Gasline Trail.  Tom says they are only 1/2 - 3/4 inches deep and that if they were any deeper, they'd be in dirt.  He suspects that with the traffic, they could wash out over the weekend.  Enjoy!

CHUGIAK/EAGLE RIVER - Bill

Bill took a spin over to Mirror Lake Middle School Coyote Trails today and touched up the system.  He also made an appearance at Bartlett High School.  Both are in good shape for skating.  He's had some mechanical issues with one of his snow machines and has spent a fair amount of time in the shop today and yesterday.  Parts should be in soon!


"UWAX is Back" Kincaid weather hotline is back online 248-UWAX (248-8929) will give Time, Temp in F, Wind direction, wind speed & humidity. Listen closely, - Hal, the automated voice, is a bit hard to understand. Huge thank you to Karl Volz for making that happen.