Grooming December 26, 2017

December 26, 2017;  Grooming Report

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Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Bitter cold temperatures greeted the groomers this morning.  They are cleaning the skate lanes on trails inside 14k.  snow is thin but still good skiing.  Watch for dirt under the powerlines and on the down hills east of the power lines.

Way Too Long Grooming Report:    I must apologize for the tardy report. Some days it is hard to get all ten pounds of stuff in the five gallon bucket.  Anyway,  I expect both readers figured I was somewhere along the Wagis with a broken bone.  Happily (for me anyway) my ski yesterday was uneventful.  You all must have gone skiing in the morning because by the time I arrived there were lots of good parking spots.  For those of you that don’t have skiing in your Christmas tradition, you missed a great day.  It is hard to beat green wax skiing.  Modern clothing takes the weather out of the conversation.  At 2f I was sure to wear my balaclava and eye protection so I could laugh at the cold.  Then, application of the proper amount of green wax.  I am told green wax and vermouth share a similar trait when it comes to proper titration.  Although I don’t have first hand experience of such things, I am told one merely  waves a picture of vermouth over the shaker to give a hint of flavor for the proper martini.  So too for green wax at 0f.  With just a hint of green, climbing was solid and gliding was effortless.  The classic tracks inside 12k were far less than ideal but improved markedly west of Grand Central Junction (@ 12k, that is 2k west of trail head).  Tomorrow looks to be another green wax day,  Enjoy.

Saux Head: Tim groomed this Saturday and set track on the entire trail system.  The track is decent for the most part, but thin through Hemlock Pass, the Plunge, near Scenic View and up Hay-bale Hill on the far north side.

 

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

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