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5:25 pm Saturday February 4, 2023
Ross

Miramichi Loppet 12Feb2023 at 1100 hr

Here is the flyer for the Miramichi Loppet next Sunday a classic style event on lovely trails about 105 minutes from Sackville. The following Sunday the Wostawea Club in Fredericton is hosting their Loppet and Killarney Park with start times at 0900(longer distances) or 1000 hr. There is a contingent of Jackrabbits planning to attend so this would be a great event to choose if interested. Their flyer and registration is not available yet. And if you have been pondering all day, wondering about the glide, it’s shite- about 0.5/4 with lots of debris- the track is green in spots, so if you decided to go for a bike ride today instead if skiing, you didn’t miss anything, and well, you need some help. Bucky will mend everything with a little grooming in the morning, and warming temps should also be of benefit so by early afternoon when the Jackrabbits come out of their burrows conditions should be pretty sweet. Cheers,
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Ross.

8:46 am Friday February 3, 2023
Ross

Unwell

As many of you gaze out the window at the fresh snow, envisioning what it will like gliding through the forest, I am sure you may be feeling too unwell to even contemplate doing any kind of work. I will not, for a change, wade into the ethics of the moral dilemma you are facing, but leave you to wallow. Bucky did a great job renovating Blue yesterday, and I think only got stuck once. He plans to head out this morning by 10 and freshen everything up. Things should be pretty sweet, at least until early afternoon, when the Big Chill arrives and you’ll be anxious to get back inside, even if it involves work. With the new snow the glide will be a sluggish 1.5-2/4, especially if you get out before Bucky. Blue Extra should work well, as will skins and waxless skis. Enjoy,
Ross.

9:45 am Thursday February 2, 2023
Ross

Lentement, Doucement

Glide should remain around 2/4 today, a little faster on the Red and bit of Blue Bucky groomed yesterday, and likely a little faster as temps warm this afternoon- maybe 2.5/4(these are estimates based on detailed research and complex physics equations derived by our ex president P. Manchester, amateur master of physics and almost everything else he turns his agile mind to). Bucky plans to attempt to do some more levelling on Blue and lay some more nice track. Cautions remain about icey patches on the hills to Don Pond and any low lying areas from the last melt. The fire is set to start up at Sugar Brook Lodge at 0930- those automatic timers are the best! Cheers,
Ross.

8:38 am Wednesday February 1, 2023
Ross

Nippy,draggy

Glide was slow yesterday and with cold, new snow will remain around 1.5-2.5 today. Bucky plans to groom red, and maybe CTT and the beginning of Blue along the Wood Road to see if he can do a bit of levelling and maybe set some track. This may make it a bit faster as he churns up some of that old transformed snow. Despite throwing lots of snow on it, the chute on the first hill to Don Pond is icey. He plans to leave Yellow, where the track is still pretty good, for those favoring more control in their lives. If you get out in the next few hours I suspect you will have the trails pretty much to yourselves as the rest of us crowd around the home fires. Bundle up,
Ross.

8:41 am Tuesday January 31, 2023
Ross

Ski Report

The track Bucky made the other day remains in great shape and although glide yesterday was crazy fast, today’s snow and cold will slow it down to 2/4 or less. However on hills under conifers where the canopy blocks snow from landing it may remain icey so continued caution heading to Doncaster Pond. Unless there is enough snow to obliterate the track there won’t be any grooming for now . There will still be bare spots especially on Blue- Most of the Yellow side has been patched up. And be especially careful getting out of your car and walking in those slippery ski boots!!! There is lots of ice around. This cold snow will not bond to it and is *very, very, very slippery*. Please avoid giving any more business to our already overworked orthopedic surgeons..! Happy skiing,
Ross.

2:59 pm Monday January 30, 2023
Ross

Slip slide

Ian Fisher reports lots of icey spots, especially on hills to Doncaster Pond- He claims to have the badges to prove it😢. Hopefully tomorrow will materialize with a few cm of cold snow and we will be back in business.
Ross.

4:45 pm Sunday January 29, 2023
Ross

Lost Key/Late Lake update

If you find a car key(FOB) near the Reservoir Gate/Crooked Tree Trail to Das
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11:10 am Sunday January 29, 2023
Ross

It’s Sunday-Sing praises to the snow Godess

She has dropped a cm of new snow up the hill, which, if you count them, is well over the prerequisite 17 snowflakes per square centimeter required to slow glide, which this morning was a leisurely 2/4!. You still need to be cautious on the hills, especially those under the coniferous canopy which did not receive the snow blessing and are a bit icey- so if you are heading out red, consider walking down the bigger hills. Skins worked well as will waxless. Zero skis will likely stick but may work this afternoon. And as the tracks get skied out they will likely get faster. Skating was great on the SWFP yesterday and as predicted people attempting to get on the ice via the bull rushes got wet- best to go via the Birches boardwalk. White ice in middle was 14 cm thick. No data from Silver Lake yet.
Ross.

10:44 am Saturday January 28, 2023
Ross

Alternate forms of Whoooosh

TOC ice consultant Doug Bliss reports that there is good ice on the Waterfowl Park with bumpy patches. The recently thawed spots(clear ice) are 7 cm thick and the older, white ice “much thicker”. The only problem is access as along the edges, especially where the bullrushes are, is still barely frozen. You can get on easily from the Birches’ boardwalk- elsewhere bring an entrance ramp. Doug was also out to Silver Lake where ice fisherman had augered holes through 8-10 cm of white ice. The newer black ice would be thinner. Doug is planning a skating test this afternoon so you may want to see how that goes before venturing onto the lake, and if you do go carry your safety gear- ice picks, rope, spare clothes in waterproof bag etc, and go with a buddy.
Ross.

8:57 am Saturday January 28, 2023
Ross

Whooosh

Expect great glide this morning, likely 3.5/4 and maybe tricky grip as there was still some moisture in the snow yesterday which will have hardened up last night. I am heading up around 1000 and will post actual conditions from the trail to the website- unable to send group emails from my phone. If you do go I would suggest removing skis for hills and walking down the sides. Bucky did groom most of the Yellow side yesterday and the gnomes were out filling some of the innumerable wet spots making skiing quite nice. His report is that Blue “needs more snow”-lots of wet and bare spots and melt induced hollows. And Robin found Bucky’s phone- yes “find your phone” actually works!
Ross.

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