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Summarizing Winter 2011 2012

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We were able to enjoy a few more hours of  fun skiing in the Blue Hills this morning. The weather forecast suggests we are done grooming for the winter of 2011-12.Here's a bit of a recap:

  1. We started grooming on December 4th, & have skied in the Hills regularly since then (a total of 98 days on groomed snow).
  2. We groomed a total of 39 times.
  3. December was dry, allowing only 5 opportunities to groom - but we kept skiing on our rock skis.
  4. January snowfall picked up, groomers worked on 17 days that month.
  5. February was drier again, requiring 11 days of grooming.
  6. March produced our only decent snowstorm - & another 6 days of grooming.

We owe a big thank you to our groomers. Equipment break downs and mechanical problems were handled efficiently & never compromised the grooming. Thank you to Dan Bartels, Steve Gest, & Jesse Wimer for capturing every available snowflake & saving the winter of 2011-12! It certainly was an unusual winter (warm & dry). Fortunately, we were lucky to receive just enough snow to enjoy fun conditions for most of 3 months. Welcoming the many happy skiers that traveled to find snow in the Blue Hills was very rewarding.

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house

  • 3/8: Great ski today all alone!  Thanks to the groomers for all the great work this winter.  Hate to see it end. --Ladysmith, WI
  • 3/9: Awesome! --author's location unknown
  • 3/10: Got going 7:30 a.m. when "the window" was still closed & locked.  Thanks to yesterday's grooming (by Dan the man) we threw the window open 'til it started to get slow ~9:30.  What fun! --Ladysmith, WI
  • 3/10: Another fabulous year in the Hills.  Thank you to the crew! --Barron, WI
  • 3/10: Great spring skiing.  Thanks. --Minneapolis, MN
  • 3/11: Great hike thru woods.  Stayed off trails.  This is what makes real outdoors men & women. --author's location unknown
  • 3/13: Just checkin' out old playground. --author's location unknown
  • 3/13: I was able to ski out the 'gravel road' about 2.5 km, crossing two short bare sections. to a wide melted out area then returned. --Ladysmith, WI
  • 3/23: Snow completely gone - can you believe it! --Rice Lake, WI
snowshoes
Snowshoe trails were developed this past winter
cross country ski trail at Blue Hills Trail
Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin - East Side trails February 27, 2012
skiers enjoying the classic track February 2012 at the Blue Hills Trail
East Side trails February 25, 2012

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Summarizing Winter 2011 2012

HomeDouble right arrow iconCross Country SkiingDouble right arrow icon

We were able to enjoy a few more hours of  fun skiing in the Blue Hills this morning. The weather forecast suggests we are done grooming for the winter of 2011-12.Here's a bit of a recap:

  1. We started grooming on December 4th, & have skied in the Hills regularly since then (a total of 98 days on groomed snow).
  2. We groomed a total of 39 times.
  3. December was dry, allowing only 5 opportunities to groom - but we kept skiing on our rock skis.
  4. January snowfall picked up, groomers worked on 17 days that month.
  5. February was drier again, requiring 11 days of grooming.
  6. March produced our only decent snowstorm - & another 6 days of grooming.

We owe a big thank you to our groomers. Equipment break downs and mechanical problems were handled efficiently & never compromised the grooming. Thank you to Dan Bartels, Steve Gest, & Jesse Wimer for capturing every available snowflake & saving the winter of 2011-12! It certainly was an unusual winter (warm & dry). Fortunately, we were lucky to receive just enough snow to enjoy fun conditions for most of 3 months. Welcoming the many happy skiers that traveled to find snow in the Blue Hills was very rewarding.

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house

  • 3/8: Great ski today all alone!  Thanks to the groomers for all the great work this winter.  Hate to see it end. --Ladysmith, WI
  • 3/9: Awesome! --author's location unknown
  • 3/10: Got going 7:30 a.m. when "the window" was still closed & locked.  Thanks to yesterday's grooming (by Dan the man) we threw the window open 'til it started to get slow ~9:30.  What fun! --Ladysmith, WI
  • 3/10: Another fabulous year in the Hills.  Thank you to the crew! --Barron, WI
  • 3/10: Great spring skiing.  Thanks. --Minneapolis, MN
  • 3/11: Great hike thru woods.  Stayed off trails.  This is what makes real outdoors men & women. --author's location unknown
  • 3/13: Just checkin' out old playground. --author's location unknown
  • 3/13: I was able to ski out the 'gravel road' about 2.5 km, crossing two short bare sections. to a wide melted out area then returned. --Ladysmith, WI
  • 3/23: Snow completely gone - can you believe it! --Rice Lake, WI
snowshoes
Snowshoe trails were developed this past winter
cross country ski trail at Blue Hills Trail
Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin - East Side trails February 27, 2012
skiers enjoying the classic track February 2012 at the Blue Hills Trail
East Side trails February 25, 2012
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Tight corner. Placed orange driveway markers at the edge. Gotta keep our groomers on track. #bluehillstrailwisconsin
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After unseasonably warm weather in the first week of November, more wintry weather will start to freeze the trails. Hopefully x-country skiing is just around the corner. This photo was taken on the East Side trails - it shows one of our most important bridges. #bluehillstrailwisconsin
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