Conditions and grooming (January 29, 2017)

Skating conditions are incredibly good.  If you are new to skating these are the conditions to improve your skills.  As many trails as possible will be groomed for skating this AM.  Top of Ken's Drop and the Entrance Trail will have no new grooming.  Ski lower part of Ken's Drop with caution because drainage is opening up.  We should have the Pond Loop in good condition today.  Fat Bikes will be on a section of the trail between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM today.  They are suppose to be on the side of the trail.


 

Conditions and grooming (January 28, 2017)


For those of you who like to skate ski, these conditions are for you.  Skate lanes have been groomed wide and flat, and there is enough of an edge for you to balance on one ski.  These are the conditions that help you to feel like you are a great skate skier.  Don't miss it.!   

 

Conditions are too hard at this time to set track, but keep tuned.


 

Conditions and grooming (January 27, 2017)

Trails are open again!!   Unfortunately we cannot set any track but the skate lane is flat and fast.  Not all trails are groomed but as it warms today you probably can skate on the crust.  Top of Perkins Ridge Trail has an open drainage with pallets.  We have not covered the pallets with snow yet.  Trail side parking lot is closed.  Please park in our other lot across the street.  Baxter Outdoor Race is tomorrow at 10:00AM.  Course is on their webpage.


 

Weekend Activities (January 28-29)

Despite a tragic storm that I thought might put our ski season on hold, I think we will survive.  Amos and Steve's preliminary report is that tomorrow they hope to be able to turn the pavement-like layer of ice into some decent skate lanes.  It will be very fast, and there are still some water hazards, so please use appropriate caution.  

 

Conditions and grooming (January 26, 2017)

Our plan is to resume grooming Friday morning.  Even though conditions are not ideal it looks like we have a little colder weather coming.  Our goal is to open up some skating first.   We really need some new snow for setting an acceptable track.    


 

Conditions and grooming (January 25, 2017)

Trails are closed today due to warm and wet conditions.  It would help if people would stay off the ski trails.   We need to let trails drain and firm up before grooming continues which will probably be Friday morning.


 

Conditions and grooming (January 24, 2017)

Ski trails are closed today due to forecast.  Warming conditions and liquid rain later today.

 


 

Conditions and grooming (January 22, 2017)

No new grooming today due to our continued winter thaw.  Ricker's field is still in good shape with 100% coverage.  Old track still present with soft skating lane.  Wood's trails are going to be soft with some washouts.  Best bet is waxless skis.  Return to winter tomorrow should allow us to make for some excellent skating in the field.

 


 

Conditions and grooming (January 21, 2017)

Due to another warm night no new grooming today.  Skating lane is still soft in most places and there is track in Ricker's Field and the lower trails in the woods.  It is going to go into the 40's with little sun so conditions could be good.  No wax skis worked very well yesterday.  Trail side parking lot may be closed today due to warm weather.  Just park in road or in second parking lot.

 


 

Trail hazard

As part of the Auburn Winter Festival, Lost Valley will be hosting a Fat Bike event on Sunday January 29.  On that day only, they will be using a portion of the nordic trails that we maintain to be able to access the snowshoe trails at the top of the ski area.  They will be entering the entrance trail, heading up the S-turn to Broadway, left up the little connector to the Perkins Ridge Trail, then somehow to the base of the old Amos' trail to pick up the snowshoe network then.

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