Hip, hip hooray!! The white stuff is coming down.
Craig is out in the PB600 performing an epic "smack down" and de-glazing the trails to prepare them for this lovely, new snow. He says to exercise EXTREME CAUTION as on some of the trails there are really big, deep, water holes at the bottom of the hills, especially on the Sisson and by Viola Swamp. He has groomed all the unlighted trails and by 3:30 he should have the lighted ones completed as well. The Stadium and the Snow Making Loop* are also groomed and he is trying to set new track all over the park...where he can!
**As a visual cue, before he comes to a dangerous water hole, he is lifting the tiller and leaving grouzer marks to alert skiers of what lies ahead...deep water! So, ski with caution and be alert!
*FYI- to get to the Snow Making Loop, park in the Stadium Parking Lot, depart the Stadium on Margaux's, ski around and go through the lower tunnel, go straight up the hill by the Biathlon Range, turn right and ski across the upper range, follow the trail back to the Lekisch Tunnel and back to the Stadium.
Tom took the Pisten Bully out and decided he was doing more harm than good and Chuck groomed with the snowmachine and was able to de-glazed some of the trails. The Gasline and Double Bubble are skiable, but again EXTREME CAUTION is advised. There is a huge water hole at the beginning of the Besh at the Hilltop entry point, so please be aware. Tom has great hope that the new snow will bond well with the etched ice and make grooming a breeze tomorrow. We hope so too, Tom!
Bill took the Pisten Bully to Beach Lake this morning and broke through the glaze on most of the trails. He had great difficulty climbing the steep hills and was only able to make one pass on some of the more hilly loops. Please ski with EXTREME CAUTION as there are large, deep unmarked water holes at the bottom of some hills and corners that are only slightly frozen on the surface and covered with a dusting of snow.
He is out there again this afternoon working on some of the trails so that skiers will have something to ski on this evening. The gates to the parking lot at the Chalet are open, however, the Chalet itself is not and will not be open until tomorrow. The groomed trails are the Chalet Loop, Sprint Loop, North Pasture, Bridge Loop, Corral Loop, No Way and part of Mama's leading to and from the Bridge. The rest of the park, especially the High School side, has fresh fluffy snow on top of ice...probably not the best place to ski at this time.
"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.