Bechtel is open for skiing!

We were having technical difficulties with the website, so while grooming started just after Christmas, this is the first update.

I packed the entire Bechtel trail network for skating this morning.  No classic track yet, but it will likely be set after the next snow.  Expect parts of the trail to drift in with today’s high winds.

Get out there and enjoy the snow!

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