Bob was out early and has just about finished grooming. He reports a very hard base with some loose on top. Should be very fast, at least until the sun gets high. This is the end of the grooming season.
Rex will groom tomorrow (Wed) and Bob will groom on Thursday, and that will almost certainly be the end of the grooming season. It’s been a great one! (And of course there is lots of base left for those who like spring skiing in soft snow.)
Rex and Bob will give the trails a good going over with both ginzus tomorrow (Tuesday) starting at 9. Everything should be in great shape by noon.
Update: Everything will be done by noon, but a lot of the trails are ready now. Get out if you can - there will only be a couple more days of grooming.
Conditions were good today until the sun hit. Bob will be going out tomorrow (Monday) morning. He will groom just one trail through Kingswood, across the gold course and up the second hill, but he will do all of the Woodlot trails. With a forecast high of -1, skate conditions should be very good all day, though it will soften up in the sun. It will not be possible to set classic tracks, but you can of course classic on the skate surface.
Update: Bob has finished grooming and reports that the surface is hard packed with a bit of loose snow on top. Should be fast and fun, hopefully for most of the day.
Rex is out grooming now, but I haven’t had a report from him yet, so I’m not sure how it’s turning out. Apparently there were some deep ruts from Saturday skiers. The start area has been snowblown, so skiers will have to walk 75m to the starter hut. Follow the groomed trail across the golf course - the highway trail hasn’t been done.
Rex will go out Sunday morning to see what the trails look like. He will groom if it makes sense.
Conditions were great today, and Rex and Bob will be out again tomorrow (Wed) starting around 9, and should be done by noon. Get out if you can - there won’t be many days of grooming left. While there is still lots of base, Kingswood will be clearing more of the cart paths to prepare the golf course, and that makes it hard to get the equipment through. The days are starting to get warm enough that grooming is not really worthwhile in any event.
Bob and Rex are going to go out tomorrow (Tuesday) morning to do a touch-up. They should be done by about noon. Conditions were great today, and we expect more of the same on Tuesday.
Update: Trails are turning out nicely. Should be all done by noon. Some classic track set, but it is so-so quality.
Bob and Rex have been out grooming this morning, and while there is no classic track, otherwise the trails are in perfect shape. Get out if you can - we won’t have much of this left.
Bob and Rex will be out grooming tomorrow morning with both sleds. They should be done by about 10:00am. They won’t be able to set classic tracks, so classic skiers should just ski on the skate surface. Conditions were superb today, and should be great again tomorrow.
Bob reports that the Woodlot is done. The classic tracks melted and it was not possible to reset them this morning, but the skate surface is granular and should be fast with good control. Rex is still working on Kingswood, but should be done a bit later this morning.
With the sustained warm temperatures, the trails will be soft enough that any skiers will certainly leave ruts on the trails. The water content from the rain means that the ruts will freeze hard once temperatures drop. Bob and Rex will go out on Sunday morning to assess what can be done, but any significant ruts will probably make it impossible to groom for the rest of the week. So please stay off the trails. If you need to ski, go to Killarney instead. The power tiller on the PistenBully can deal with ruts much better than the Ginzu we use at Kingswood / Woodlot.
Bob will be doing a touch-up early tomorrow, starting around 6, so conditions should be excellent all morning and through lunch, until it warms up.
Update: The trails are all touched up and ready to go. Should be great fast skiing until the sun hits.
Rex will do a touch-up Wednesday morning. Conditions should be excellent for a noon ski. He will try to finish the classic tracks in Kingswood, if it hasn’t frozen too hard.
Bob and Rex are out grooming now, and he’ll be done by noon. The trails are shaping up nicely and they reports that they are still fairly firm, so the earlier you can get out, the better.
With the messy weather, the groomers will not go out tomorrow. Go ahead and ski if you want, though. The current plan is to groom again on Tuesday morning.
Grooming will be a bit more irregular as we near the end of the season. On a warm day it may not make sense to spend hours groom in the morning when everything will be soft by noon anyway. The groomers will make the call on a day to day basis as to whether grooming will be worthwhile.
Rex will do a touch-up in the morning. Should be excellent conditions.
The trails are freshly touched up and ready for a beautiful weekend.
Rex will do a touch-up tomorrow. The surface should be getting firm, and with warmer weather, conditions should be excellent by mid-day.