Grooming December 27, 2017

December 27, 2017;  Grooming Report

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Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Bitter cold temperatures greeted the groomers this morning.  They cleaned the skate lanes on trails inside 17k.  Snow is thin but still good skiing. The classic tracks improve markedly west of the 12k mark (2k west of the trail head).  Watch for dirt under the powerlines and on the down hills east of the power lines.

Way Too Long Grooming Report:    This thin snow skiing reminds me of the first time I rode a really nice bicycle.  In the olden days high school kids were lucky if they had a 45 lb 5 speed Schwinn Collegiate bicycle.  So, when I went to visit my Brother in Boston, he put me on a real bicycle.  Now, keep in mind, it was not his Cinelli but still, a real road bike.  Dick’s comment was that I wouldn’t appreciate a really nice bicycle if I hadn’t been riding a fairly nice bike for a number of years.  Of course, now, I fully get it having been on ok bikes and now am on a nice bike.  So too for good skiing.  If we always had race ready skiing we wouldn’t appreciate it.  Now, that we have suffered through a month of early season skiing, we will appreciate really nice conditions.  Of course, some of you (both of you?) will think I am simply rationalizing a bad situation.  Think snow.

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. “