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.