Trail Update Monday 12/18/2017

Trail Update Monday 12/18/2017

It snowed 3-4 inches on the trails last night. It’s still great classic skiing conditions, but it’s probably getting a little deep for skating. We will be grooming again later this week, but until then it’s probably best to stick to classic skis or snowshoes.

Grooming Report – Saturday 12/16/2017 PM

Grooming Report – Saturday 12/16/2017 PM

Our volunteer snowmobile grooming crew was out today and groomed all of the ski trails. This was the first time Middle Fork, Banshee, and Whoopee where groomed this year, they are still very soft and not recommended for skiing. This was the second time Joseph Creek has been groomed, it should be firm enough to ski, but it’s still a little rough, and does not have tracks set. The multiuse trails were groomed this morning with the snowcat.

Grooming Report – Saturday 12/16/2017 AM

2 inches of snow fell during the night and it’s currently still snowing. The snowcat was out on the Multiple Use Trails yesterday and this morning. Gibbons Pass Road, Overlook, Coyote, Hogans Run, and Trail Creek Road were groomed. More snow is needed before Sunshine and Rabbit Run can be groomed. More grooming will be done over the weekend as needed. The volunteer snowmobile grooming crew will be out on the ski trails grooming this morning. With the snow forecasted for this week we should have enough snow to switch to snowcat grooming on all of the trails, and be done with snowmobile grooming for a while.

Grooming Report – Thursday 12/14

The snowcat was out on the Multiple Use Trails today. The trails are in great shape for all disciplines today. 2 inches of snow fell during the week. More trails grooming will be done as trails need. Gibbons pass road, Trail creek road from Gibbons pass to Hogan Cabin, and Hogans run were groomed today. More snow is needed before Coyote, Rabbit, and Sunshine can be groomed. Trail Creek Road from Hogans to hwy 43 is scheduled to be groomed later this week. The ski trails are currently not scheduled to be groomed this Friday, as the skiing is still good, and it is supposed to snow Friday night, so any grooming would be a waste of time. Stay tuned for updates on the grooming plan for the ski trails for the weekend.

Grooming report – Friday 12/8

The multi-use trails were groomed with the snowcat this morning, and saw minimal snow mobile traffic today. They should be great for skate skiing tomorrow morning. Except for sunshine, don’t ski sunshine. Our volunteer snowmobile grooming crew spent the day on the ski trails. All the upper trails have been groomed, and have tracks set. Joseph creek has been snowmobile packed, but does not have tracks and is still very soft. Use extreme caution. Middle Fork and Banshee have not yet been groomed. Tomorrow should be great classic skiing conditions on the ski trails. Many of the ski trails do not yet have enough snow to be groomed with the snowcat, but with one more storm we should be able to switch to snowcat grooming on all the trails.

Grooming Report 12/7

The multiuse trails were groomed with the snow cat this this morning, there was a good amount of snowmobile traffic after grooming, but they should still be good skiing. The ski trails are currently scheduled to be groomed with snowmobiles tomorrow(friday), but check back here for a grooming report before heading out this weekend.

Grooming report 12/01/17

Grooming report 12/01/17

Several inches of snow fell Tuesday and Thursday nights. Conditions were good for using the Leveler/compaction drags so we made many laps of the system today. We were able to get most of the upper trails well flattened and smoothed out. Still not perfect but getting better, set tracks on most of the trails, again not perfect but not bad for this time of year and the early season conditions and 8-12″ snowpack we’re dealing with. Skating conditions will be good until the next storm system arrives tomorrow (Sat.) night. Snow is still dirty in any area near the burnt slash piles but it’s getting better. Gibbons road out to about 4 miles has been groomed with the Pisten Bully and all of the connecting trails from Chief Joe to Gibbons road have been groomed. Lower trails still need more snow before we attempt to get the equipment down there. Not bad touring, just a few tricky water crossings. 2-5″ of snow predicted for Sat night and another 3-7″ predicted for Sunday night, base just keeps getting better. Please remember to sign in!!! Tony

Grooming report for 11/24/17

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