Grooming March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017; grooming report

Real Grooming Report Forestville:  Groomers are out with the Ginzu equipment again today cleaning up the skate lanes inside 14k. Classic tracks will be left as is from the weekend as the old hard surface will not allow a re-set. As the season winds down, our grooming efforts are being adjusted. Groomers are now focused on the trails inside the 14k mark. That leaves a great many “k” of great skiing. On the weekends we will work on additional “K” up to or even beyond 17k.

Saux Head:

Grooming is done as needed but at least weekly at Saux Head

Fit Strip Trails: Fit strip groomed and tracked as needed but at least weekly.

Big Bay Trails: Grooming is done weekly at Big Bay for Classic only.

Snow Bike Trails: Snow bike enthusiast are encouraged to visit the Face Book page dedicated to snow bike trails. Conditions vary from day to day and grooming is not a daily event. Each day bikers will comment on conditions and post pictures. https://www.facebook.com/NTN-Singletrack-147765491905204/?fref=ts

Way Too Long Grooming Report: We are now into the Goldie Locks zone reporting. You know, not too cold, not too hot, just right. Today looks to be in the “too cold” zone all day. The rest of the week calls for an overnight freeze and thaw during the day. This situation can last for months. We will lose little or no base in such conditions. Early in the day skiers will find rock hard and lightning fast conditions. Late in the day, if too warm, skiers will find slow slushy conditions. However, for some or even most of the day, skiers may find the Goldie Locks zone and enjoy true bliss.

We will focus on forecasting this ideal ski time. The Grooming Report scientists and philosophers continue to fine tune the formulae. The key drivers are known but the exact relationship remains as elusive as finding Higgs boson babies. We know they primary drivers are slope of the temperature climb and cloud cover but present work is focused on the importance of humidity and wind. In any case, we will begin to forecast the Goldie Locks hours as warranted. However, I am reminded of the sage words of Yogi Berra, “predictions are hard…especially about the future”.