Alberta Clipper con’t

Groomed the network this morning and managed to trackset most of the trails. The base is thin in spots but the trails are all snow covered. Get out and enjoy a ski this week as the weekend looks a bit mild.

Conditions: Good                                         Base:less than 5 cm

Back in Business … barely

Renovated this morning. No tracks. Suggest you avoid the loop by University Ave on the woodland trail. The woodland trail has a few deep ruts due to water runoff and is bare in spots. The field loops are thin as well. Suggest rock skis if you have a pair.

Conditions: poor                                         Base: not much!

Snow, Rain, and Cold

Packed the network and set fresh track on the whole network before the arrival of above zero temperatures.

The next three days will pose some difficulties for maintaining the ski trails as we cannot put machinery on the trails when conditions get near or above zero. That means little can be done again till Friday after a period of cold temperatures.

Conditions:good (but will be deteriorating)        Base: 5 cm

Cold, wind and tracks!

That was a pleasant surprise. Packed and set tracks where I could. There are still some grassy spots and the wind was filling in the some tracks as I left at 9AM. The photo below is of the ski school area … just wanted you to know there was a packed oval for the ski school, but with the wind you may need to look for it this afternoon.

the lower field at 9 AM this morning

Conditions: Good                               Base: variable depth

Brrrrr … its cold out there

The trails are hard and fast for skating. Renovated the network this morning and would classify the conditions as fair due to some grassy sections and exposed ground in both the field loop and the “highway hill” on the woodland loop.

Will need more snow to put in a track for classic.

Conditions: fair                                                Base: less then 5 cm

Murphy’s Law Strikes Again

If you’re anything like me, you saw the fresh snow and thought “Wow, I bet we’ll be able to groom Bechtel soon!”  Us trail groomers definitely thought that, but when we went to test out the (freshly serviced) snowmobile, it decided to quit.  Back to the shop it goes, and we look forward to starting grooming once the snowmobile is working again.

Winter … take 4

The network has been packed, renovated and track set in most sections. The snow varies in depth … so you’ll find skating soft in some regions and thread bare in others. The parking lot area has exposed gravel so ski in that area with caution … in fact use your rock skis for the woods as is very thin. So get out there and enjoy what might be the last ski in the area with double digits forcast for next week.

Conditions: fair                    Base: less than 5 cm

Enjoy the trails

Enjoy the trails