Thursday (evening update)
Great skiing on the East Side trails today. The classic track on the East Side Core Loop is fresh, fairly deep, fast and firm. Skating conditions are very good to excellent. Conditions on the north half of the West Side are probably very good - its skate deck was groomed Wednesday evening.
All the East Side trails are open and groomed for skating; the most frequently used East Side trails are being groomed for classic skiing. The north half of the West Side has been groomed for skating & classic skiing. Last evening (Wednesday) we opened more of the West Side trails, including Excelsior Road.
West Side logging was completed January 18th. (West Side access currently is somewhat limited due to a thin snow cover on certain ski trails - READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES INFO section).
Due to recent logging on the West Side, the trails where trucks hauled logs has very thin snow cover and skiers probably should use rock skis on these trails: the loop between intersections D-E-D, and from A-B-C-D. Click here for map details. All those trails - and the east 1/2 mile of Excelsior Road - need more snow before they can be aggressively groomed.
January 23/24: 2 inches dry powder
January 22 (evening): dusting
January 21/22: 1.5" fluffy powder
Wednesday and Thursday weather forecast suggests brisk winds - we plan on adding more classic track to the East Side Thursday evening after winds die down.
Wednesday evening (January 26): groomed the skate deck of the West Side trails. This included the full length of Excelsior Road which required aggressive grooming of Excelsior Road between intersections A and X.
Tuesday midday: reset classic track on the East Side Core Loop.
Monday evening (January 24): packed (rolled) the powder snow on most of the East Side trails. Great results!
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