The ski and snowshoe area received up to six inches of new snow over the last week. However temperatures are rising making it difficult to groom the snow we are receiving. The groomers ran today, grooming and setting track on all the inner loop trails except Loose Moose. Skateaway was groomed and track set. Skywalker was groomed and track set from the trailhead out to Eagle Run. Eagle Run was groomed and track set. On the way back in the groomers covered the first part of Elderberry out to Treetop View and Treetop View. By 11:30 Am the snow was getting so warm it was clinging to the equipment, which can overload and overheat the machines. Conditions for snowshoeing remain excellent area wide. The added fresh snow has further covered bare spot.
Snow is forecast for tomorrow followed by weather that will be too warm to groom. With rising temperatures as March progresses our opportunities to groom are few or none. Nevertheless, there is a good snowpack over the area and the ski trails have packed snow at their core. Good skiing and snowshoe conditions should persist out to the end of the month providing the opportunity for some memorable spring skis and snowshoes
The ski and snowshoe area received an inch and a half of powdery snow from the storm earlier in the week. The snow fell on a hard frozen compacted base. The bitter cold wind chills experienced the past few days halted any grooming until today. The grooming this morning was limited for the sake of our grooming personnel driving snow machines in still quite cold temperatures. The inner core trails were groomed with the exception of Loose Moose. Elderberry was groomed only to Treetop View. Skateaway and lower Skywalker were groomed. The remaining ski trails have a hard base with and inch and a half up to three inches on that pack.
Snowshoeing remains good area wide and in fact the pack is sufficiently congealed that one can use snowshoes with little effort area wide on or off trails. The latest snow is, but a thin coating over an icy surface. The trail up from the parking lot to Skywalker is quite icy under the trees with little new snow. Most of the new snow was intercepted by the trees. Similar situations are likely area wide under thick forest cover.