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.
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