Not a grooming report April 30, 2018

April 30, 2018;  

Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Saturday was the last groom of the season.   Please stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis.

Please send in pictures:  Today’s picture is from Nancy’s adventure on the Holyoke trail Saturday.

This is not a Grooming Report:  With the Bombi, sleds and Ginzu in the barn, reporting has officially moved into the “This is not a grooming report” phase. No useful information will be contained going forward; assuming there is ever any useful information on these pages.  So, with no need to separate chaff from grain, we dispense with the WTLGR section because it is all “way too long”; sorry.

 

The To Win a Bet ski contest is now underway. Skiers will have to pick their way through bare spots.  The power lines at 11 k are completely bare and I expect the section between the trail head and power lines have some bare spots too.  This weeks upper 70s will put a real hurt in the base.  The lucky skier that finds the last patch of skiable snow will win the fabulous cornucopia of prizes; Photos required for documentation. Extra credit for creativity in setting and costumes. There is a separate category for man made snow pictures so don’t try to pass of your ski hill photo as a regular ski photo.

 

I expect skiing will be fairly good this morning with the temperatures surprisingly near or at  freezing. One of the great features of spring corn snow is its ability to shed water faster than it is created.  Cool mornings may still yield very good skiing provided proper waxing. The current “over-under” odds the last ski winner is May 15 but that will be out the window if we get the Mother’s Day storm.

 

See you out there.

Sondo

 

SPECIAL NOTE TO SKIERS; Gookookoo, Papasay and the connector from Hemlock Junction to the point where Migizi and Bagwaji meet will be closed for the season effective today:  The majority of our trail system is on commercial forest land.  The land owners allow NTN to use them for ski trails but every 10 to 15 years they harvest some trees.  This year they are logging west of the trail head beginning at the power lines.  As the logging operation moves west, other trails will be effected.  The loggers are working with NTN to keep trails open as long as possible.

 

Please give the loggers a wide berth.  They are doing difficult and dangerous work. If you come upon any logging equipment in the woods, please stay away.  It is both expensive and dangerous.  One of the reasons our land owners allow ski trails is the help we can provide by making their job easier.  Please help us in that mission.   Your help is greatly appreciated.

 

We should all know, without commercial forest operations we would have no ski trails.  So, if you see a logger or forester, say “thanks”.