Freeze-thaw cycles have created a crusty hardpack base. With temps starting at 14° F, grooming was a challenge early this morning - tough to penetrate that frozen surface. Almost the entire Eastside skate lane yielded to the knives on the grooming implement, producing enough of a loose surface for skate skiers to ski with abandon. Rocket fast skating lasted throughout the morning, slightly sticky conditions didn't show until about noon.
Looking at the parking lot by the warming house, this was the place to be! Nice to know that all those skiers don't find themselves crowded while exploring this lovely trail system - they just seem to disappear among the many different loops. If we groom it, will they come? More grooming planned for tomorrow morning!
Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house
- 1/29: Beautiful day & trails were so nice! We especially appreciated the tasty caramel corn! :) --Chetek, WI
- 1/31: I came to see your wonderful forest! and ski track! --Switzerland
- 1/31: Beautiful grooming! The Westside was outstanding! --Ladysmith, WI
- 1/31: Skijoured the Westside/team effort/excellent snow! --Rice Lake, WI
- 2/2: That infamous groundhog - BLUE HILLS BILL - couldn't find his shadow anywhere! Better ski while you can. Great fun today! --Ladysmith, WI
- 2/2: Very nice. 1st time. --St. Croix Falls, WI
- 2/2: Amazingly good skiing! Thanks. --author's location unknown
- 2/3: Back again today for some great skiing! --Amery, WI
- 2/3: A little icy at the start, but great "spring" skiing as the sun came out. Great job groomers, we appreciate your hard work. --Apple Valley, MN
- 2/4: Possible the BEST ski of the season - perhaps my life! Woo Hoo! The best line of the week: Groomer replying to person asking how he made the grooming so good, "I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you." Thank you groomers for scratching up the surface. --Ladysmith, WI
- 2/4: Wow! Good edge control and blazing fast! Thanks to everybody that makes these trails GO! --Ladysmith, WI
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