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3:08 pm Friday April 5, 2024
Ross

Signing off for the Season

I was hoping to have a legitimate excuse for haranguing you all one last time. I did check out the conditions, and although there was close to 4 cm of very wet snow up the hill this morning, skiing other than perhaps in the field at Beech Hill would have been pointless. And though Bucky is on a brief furlough, he did appoint a caretaker groomer(see pic), and although they were keen to get on with it, they said the only way grooming was going to happen was if we had a Sea Doo. have a great non snow season, and as they say in Star Wars, “may the snow be with you”. Cheers,

Ross.

5:18 am Friday March 8, 2024
Ross

Sadly Soggy…

Well, I am sure my optimizism will shock you but I did venture up the hill this morning to see if there were any surprises from the micro climate, but, sadly, no surprises. It is very wet with water flowing like the Flood, and no more snow than in Town. I did venture ac
Ross.

5:13 am Friday March 1, 2024
Ross

Like a Rock

I did venture up the hill yesterday afternoon to see what snow was left. There is pretty good coverage on the areas I inspected but it was already rock hard. Bucky would need diamond tips on the Renovator to make any headway, and with more warmth heading our way things are looking pretty forlorn. But nothing that a foot of snow wouldn’t fix…. However on a brighter note Tim Reiffenstein, Kate Duffy and Sean Blaney all guessed both picture locations correctly, (which is a bit shocking because whenever they go by me they are going so fast I can hardly recognize them)- Going up the hill past Ravensway and the start of Cypass, and Tammy Wheaton and Brock Baird each got one correct so points to them all! I think they are still skiing in Charlo, but no where south of there.
Ross.

6:50 am Tuesday February 27, 2024
Ross

Stunner

It’s a brilliant day in the woods. The snow that was showers in town was snow on the hill so there is a skiff of softness which is slowing things down. Glide was about 2.5/4 except under the conifers which didn’t receive the blessed flurries where it is close to 3.5. Wax was working nicely but now that things are heating up waxless and maybe skins are best. Glide will steadily decrease as more water in the snow creates more suction, especially in the sun. The Amygdalites are heading with out as this goes to “press”. It will remain zippy in the shade until late afternoon, so be careful there. Whoever guesses the correct location of either of these pics gets 5 points Cheers,


Ross.

6:55 am Monday February 26, 2024
Ross

Sama Sama, more or less.

Track is still pretty good except where less new snow fell(Yes the conifers again), where things are a bit slippy slidey. Glide is “great” at 3-3.5/4 with soft snow in the pole track should you wish to brake, or you can just stay in the track, relax, and enjoy a break.. Wax was working this morning but skins or waxless best now. Might as well ski today and tomorrow as it looks like Wednesday you’ll have a chance to get to the office and pretend to do some work. Cheers,
Ross.

6:52 am Sunday February 25, 2024
Ross

A Caution

Conditions are quite pleaasant this morning. Glide is a little faster under the conifers where less snow hitthe ground. I asked Bucky to pack the Quarry Road hoping to protect some of this snow from the monsoons predicted for next week. The coverage is thin and I would *strongly urge you not to tempt fate* and gravel by skiing down the big hill. Sking down from the lower quarry to the cable should be OK but might be better on the right where there is a bit of a track and more snow. From the cable down is fine in Bucky’s track or the flattened road.
Ross.

4:19 am Sunday February 25, 2024
Ross

Glee

All denizens of the ski community will be pleased with conditions today, assuming Bucky’s grooming efforts go as planned. Much of the snow was damp so will be transformed mixed with the later sharper crystals which will provide a nice 2.5/4 glide and great grip. Things will speed up a bit this afternoon but the Amygdalites should remain in ecstacy all day. The Rabbits will be out at 1 to partake of the Glee. Entance via Quarry Road should be fine again and yesterday’s snow will have cleaned up things at the Crooked Tree Trail entrance as well and the trail by the new parking lot should be useable. See you in the woods.
Ross.

4:27 am Saturday February 24, 2024
Ross

Sloppy Saturday

Things should be pretty saturated in the woods this morning but will be gradually freezing up as temps plummet. As long as we get a few cm of snow skiing should remain good. Yesterday was a stunning day on the trails which were almost empty. Bucky’s “Best Track of the Year” lived up to it’s hype with almost effortless skiing. I suspect my Glide scale has become an impediment to many of you – as soon as you see any number over 2 you go back to your gaming or whatever. So I think I should add a new parameter which may be more accurate and reassuring. Many of you are familiar with my oversight editor, known for her more cautious approach to skiing and other ventures, but since we already have some Elizabethan terminology in the descent category, this one will be labeled the Amygdala Index(After that almond sized part of the brain responsible for fear and safety and lots of other stuff). Certainly she and her skiing sorority are possessed with well functioning amydalae, and often complain that mine is microscopic. I vehemently deny this for after all it is not how big it(your amygdala) is but how you use it. The index will be a much simpler- they(the Amydalites) are skiing or they stayed home, perhaps colored by a description of what skis they are using. Unfortunately this will often be a late breaking story from the trail and will only be available via checking the website(Conditions), or retrospectively, which just creates a lot of FOMO. For example yesterday, with a disconcerting glide of 3.22/4, my dear amygdalite spent 5 hours in the woods in absolute bliss on short waxless skis! Sorry…. Anyway, we’ll give it a try. Bucky will likely groom Sunday morning Cheers,
Ross.

5:36 am Friday February 23, 2024
Ross

Update

As advertised. Glide 3.22/4; soft pole track. Best track of the year😊.
Ross.

4:14 am Friday February 23, 2024
Ross

Guesswork

I suspect Bucky’s “best track of the year” will have set up nicely last night and may be fast, but free of the debris which had been steadily accumulating over the past couple of days creating unpleasant catching. If there a few more ice pellets up the hill that might slow things down a tad, and once it starts to rain things will start to slow down. I will post an update on the website from the Walker Road Lab in an hour or so.
Ross.

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