Freeze/thaw cycles will create a hard frozen trail to start the day. Time your skiing to take advantage of rising temps, solar radiation, and a softening trail surface.
It was 37 degrees F at noon today (Thursday), there had been a hard overnight freeze, and the skate lane didn't start to soften until 10-10:30. The glaze in the classic track became more skier friendly very late in the morning. The trails are withstanding this early March warmup.
Bring your good skis, the base is adequate.
IMPORTANT: Click here to view East Side trail precautions.
Our snowshoe trails are an option for hikers - PLEASE DON'T WALK/HIKE ON THE SKI TRAILS!
February 28, 2021: 6+ inches heavy sticky snow
We most likely will groom the skate lane some time Friday night, hoping to set the stage for good skiing on Saturday. Check back.
March 2, Tuesday evening: touched up the skate lane on Excelsior Road (West Side), and the most heavily traveled loop on the East Side.
March 1, Monday evening: groomed and set track on the West Side trails, plus the most important East Side trails.
March 1, Monday morning: packed (rolled) the West Side trails, plus a large portion of the East Side trails.
Meeting called to order
by Jan Paulsen, president, at 7:07 p.m. at the Bruce Dairyland Bank
Officers: Lori Mikunda, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Dick Brockbank, Carolyn Chatterton, Howard Chatterton, Jim Kurz, Frank Lowry, Tom Mikunda, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, Bob Witkiewicz, and John Ziemer.
Non-members: Dave Kmosena, Karen Kmosena.
Motion by Tom Paulsen, second by Tom Mikunda, to dispense with the reading of the minutes of May 17, 2001. Unanimously carried.
Jan raised concerns on the future of RCTA. Lengthy discussion held regarding the division of the group.
Dick Brockbank volunteered to oversee the signage and donation box at the Sisters Farm.
Jan stated that Jerry Wilkes might have some contacts to set up a waxing clinic. A suggestion was made to contact Riverbrook Bike & Ski for their assistance.
Motion by Frank Lowry, second by Carolyn Chatterton, to increase membership fees to $20 single, $40 family. Unanimously carried.
Motion by Dick Brockbank to appoint Dave Kmosena as head of grooming of the High School and Sisters Farm. Motion died. It was the general consensus that someone should be appointed to be in charge of the grooming at the High School and Sisters Farm.
Discussion held regarding the fall banquet. A kayak was proposed as a raffle item.
Blue Hills Ascent Committee
Blue Hills Trail Committee
Jan reported on the trail: Vern Chandler is clearing trees and bridges are being repaired. October 13 will be a work day. The ATV group has an opportunity to bring the west side up to standards on that day. Dave Olsen volunteered to work with the ATV group. Vern Chandler will be giving us an estimate on widening the Sisters Farm trails. Vern has donated the balance of his time, not covered by FEMA funds, on repair of the Blue Hills east side.
High School Trails Committee
Log Jam Race Committee
The Log Jam bike race was well attended again this year.
Sisters' Farm Trails Committee
Motion by Dave Olsen, second by Tom Paulsen, to adjourn.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.
A Listing of Active Committees