A light breeze is beginning to pick up at the park where they've got at least 4" of fluffy, new snow. Warren was out with the snowmachine knocking down the skate lanes on some of the Un-lighted Trails, such as Arlene's Way up to the Sisson (but not the Sisson), Ice Box, the Old 6, Compression and Hair Pin. Craig just got back from grooming all the Middle Schools that needed it and is getting ready to take the PB600 out to groom all the Lighted Loops. He'll be driving through those big, deep puddles which will stir up the water so it will cool down and freeze faster. Please remember to SKI WITH CAUTION when approaching a sketchy area.
8:30 p.m. Matt just called and had taken the Pisten Bully out and intended to groom the Lake Loop, however he only got so far until he came across a huge birch tree that had fallen across the trail...so he backed up and left some grouzer marks instead as an indicator. Matt didn't have the equipment to deal with it at that time. He did make it to Easy Street, the S Turns and the Inner Lake Loop and set new track. By the end of the night he will have done the Multi-Use Trail and the Horseshoe Loop.
Today, Tom had 5-6" of new snow to work with, however there were issues with getting the snow to bond to the icy trails. He obtained successful bonding while grooming the Gasline and was able to set new track. The rest of the park only got track packed which will hopefully improve bonding with the next grooming. Unfortunately, this makes for only "marginal" skiing.
At Beach Lake, Bill went out early this morning for the initial packing, and re-packing, as the snow was still coming down as of early this afternoon. They've got around 8" so far! He will be grooming the majority of the park and setting track where he can. Please ski with caution as there are still some big, watery spots on the outbound Hill Loop at the bottom of the last downhill and just after Rock Hill on the High Road. Please avoid the last (or first, depending on what direction you are coming from) corner on the Swamp trail as that is still frozen overflow. Just take the obvious cut-off through the woods.
"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.