Grooming December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017;  Grooming Report

Forestville Real Grooming Report: This morning groomers attempted to reset classic tracks but found leaving them in place was a better result.  You will find the classic tracks improve greatly west of the powerlines at 11k (that is 1k from trail head).   So, groomers are cleaning up the skate lanes on all trails inside of 17k.  I would expect skiing will continue to be very good but watch for a few dirt spots under the power lines and down the hill at 11k just west of the power lines.  I would add, the hills on the Wagis are likely problematic.  I would like to hear some comments from anyone that has skied the Wagis.

Way Too Long Grooming Report:    Were I not in a pit filling bags with salt I would be on the trails.  I expect the hoar frost is even more spectacular when viewed on the trails.  Our goal in the Way Too Long report is to provide details necessary to better understand what to expect on the trails.  Of course, many readers think it is to gas on about nonsense.  So, to that end, I feel compelled to comment upon the groomer decision to leave the tracks in place today.  Too much grooming not only turns the skate lane to hard pan but also speeds sublimation.  We are fortunate to have groomer that understand the nuances of snow grooming.  Along the same lines, I feel going over the type of snow crystals is important.  I expect yesterday was the last day of “young” snow crystals from our last snow event.  After today’s near freezing temperatures it will be middle aged if not “old” snow.  However, yesterday was spectacular.  Granted, the classic tracks were a few days old so they lacked the chiseled look, they were adequate.  More importantly, the young snow provided excellent grip and glide with a thin layer of violet.  No wind, temperatures in the upper 20s with great glide and grip.  Can it get better?  I understand the whole reason everyone waxes eloquent on “blue wax” skiing has more to do with his press agent.  Had Violet’s press agent  been as successful I am sure we would all be going on about the violet wax day.

Saux Head: Tim rolled Saux Head Thursday and reports good skate skiing but no classic tracks.  Track setting looks to be after the first of next week.

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip located in the Marquette Park Cemetery is open for skiing.  It is a beautiful trail through mature mixed forest.  There are rolling hills on two loops with a total of 3k of very nice skiing right in the heart of Marquette.  Snow is a little thin so here are only classic tracks on part of the trail.  I would add, there are some people that actually walk on the ski trail.  I don’t understand why one would walk on a ski trail.  I do politely ask walkers to keep to the edge of the groomed trail.  I also encourage all users to put some money in the pay pipe so Tom doesn’t have to by all the gas himself.  Enjoy.

Sondo

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