Grooming December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017;  Grooming Report

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Forestville Real Grooming Report: Groomers cleaned up the skate lanes on all trails inside 16k.  Classic tracks are still quite good from yesterday.  Now skiers will find classic tracks on Bagwaji as well as Chiwagi.  However the two major hills on Chiwagi still need more snow.

Way Too Long Grooming Report:    When skiing on a thin base I am reminded of a conversation with an oyster fisherman on the Chesapeake.  He was sitting on his skip jack and waxing philosophical on world affairs when he commented, “there is a powerful lot of water in the Chesapeake but its spread powerful (sic) thin”.  When one looks at the above picture it is hard to see it as anything but excellent.  However, “excellent” skiing can only be reported when there is adequate base for all trails.  Everything has to be just right.  We take this whole “poor, fair, good, very good and excellent thing very seriously at the grooming world headquarters.  Of course, I should add, at the other ends of the spectrum, not unlike infrared and ultra violet in the light spectrum, one finds, “to win a bet skiing” and “race ready conditions” but we will leave that for another day.  So, when Bob sent the pictures and reported the skiing as being only good or even fair I took exception.  We had a little   tête-à-tête and he called me a Polly Anna.  So, I (sadly) don’t have boots on the ground this morning so am, as always, looking for feed back.  Adequate feed back is required if we ever hope to have useful Bayesian statistics on our reporting accuracy.

Saux Head: Tim rolled Saux Head last week but no classic tracks.  Track setting looks to be after we get enough new snow hopefully later this 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.


PS: If you have not renewed your Trail Builder membership, now is the time.  Please don’t make me track you down. “