In anticipation of the late-January thaw the inner core trails (Havin Fun, The Swoop, High Road and Loose Moose), Skateaway and all of Skywalker were packed today. Packing will allow the snowpack to hold up better against the rain and warm temperatures coming over the weekend. We are unable to groom when temperatures get into the forties with rain. Active rooming will resume when temperatures cool.
Jan 18, 2020
The inner core trails (Havin Fun. The Swoop, and High Road) with the exception of Loose Moose have been fully packed, leveled, and groomed. Skateaway has been fully groomed as well. A track was set on the inside around the circuit with a wide skate lane over the rest of the surface. It was snowing late Saturday on the area, but accumulations were fairly light.
Snowshoers returning from Jannette’s Jaunt reported numerous trees down along that trail. We recommend snowshoers use the Twisted Klister Trail system and the Skywalker trailhead. These trails are open with no or few trees down. No packing or grooming has been completed on Skywalker-Moonrunner, The Eagle Run and Elderberry.
Jan 17, 2020
Good progress was made in packing the inner core trails at Fourth of July Park & Ski Area. A large number of downed trees required removal some of considerable size before the runs could be cleared. One part of the trail, The Swoop, just below Peaceful View had so many trees down a detour was placed on a road to the right. Just follow the grooming and you will emerge at Peaceful View. The entire inner core trails and Skateaway with the exception of Loose Moose has been packed. Tomorrow we plan to complete packing of these runs and then to groom the inner core trails. There is three and a half feet of snow at the lower elevations of the area and a lot more, higher up the hill. This snowpack came all at once so we are having tough sledding attempting to pack and groom it.
Elsewhere on the area, snowshoe trails have been established on Twisted Klister, Gas Line Loops, The Ridge Trail, and Jannette’s Jaunt. There is still a lot of untracked snow out past these trails.
Happy New Year! Isn’t it exciting to see snow falling, again. I hope everyone is looking forward to the “Best Hand Fun Ski and Snowshoe” event this Saturday (January 4th). It should be a lot of fun. According to the forecast the temperature may be on the mild side, making for a comfortable prize award ceremony. And with any luck it might be snowing that day, hopefully without rain.
On another note, at the moment there are at least 21 prizes that have been donated, so there is a good chance of winning if you get a good hand. I really want to thank the folks that have been helping, and will be helping, prepare for and implement this years event. Your time and effort to secure or donate prizes, helping out with the logistics and support is greatly appreciated by the club.
Considering that snow for skiing and snowshoeing is pretty important for the event, Goeff skied around the inner loop recently and reported that it is skiable, but a little thin. Nancy Lewis was out also, and confirmed Geoff’s report. If this weeks snow hangs in there the conditions could be a lot better by Saturday. So be optimistic, and come up planning for a day of skiing or snowshoeing.
If you are a fan of the Scotchman Peak area, Phil Hough from the “Friends of Scotchman Peak” will be joining us at the next club meeting (January 7th). He will presenting information about the area and possibly bring everyone up to date on the future plans.
As I mentioned at the last meeting, an important issue that the board has identified is “Recruitment” of new members. To bring you up to date, the board identified a few potential target groups (e.g. KROC winter sport group, NIC, Boys & Girls Club of America), which will be contacted in the future. But before we start making contacts we agreed a presentation message needs to be developed. The approach we are pursuing will include trying to educate the contacts about PNC’s volunteer efforts to provide groomed/cleared trails and facilities for public use, the clubs social activities, and information and training opportunities we can offer. Our hope is that the message will be shared with the members of other groups by the contacts we make. If we’re lucky other folks might become interested in finding out more about PNC, come to our meetings and eventually join.
How can you as a member help? All of us can encourage folks to come to our meetings and learn about PNC and maybe join, and we can all spread the word to friends about the club and what 4th of July offers. Perhaps you already have, and I applaud your efforts. Keep it up!
See You Saturday!