Several inches of snow fell since we packed it last week, last couple of days have been warm, followed by warm temps yesterday and a hard rain last night. Froze hard overnight, conditions were very unskiable when we got there this morning.
Spent most of the day with the leveler compaction drags. We were able to get most of the main trails quite smooth given the conditions. It is still pre-season so we are just packing everything and not setting any tracks. There will be ruts, soft spots etc. due to the snow pack conditions so be aware and careful.
Best not to rush right out in the morning, before 10:00 a.m. it will be quite firm and icy, best skiing will be around mid-day, by then it will be getting soft.
Conditions for Skating are excellent, we worked hard on the Timber Trail and several others to get them as flat and smooth as we could. Some trails like Lost Trail View and Vista View are good but not quite as smooth, we stayed off of most of the Broadway trail due to ash and smoke from the slash piles, snow is quite dirty around the cabin right now. Cabin is not open yet, will be open starting Dec 1st.
After Dec. 1st. Chief Joe will not be open to dogs or walking on the trails but you can ski with your dog now, just please clean up after them so we don’t smear it all over the trail with the grooming equipment. Andersen Mountain and all of the multi use trails will be open all winter for your pups! Tony

Grooming report for 11/24/17