Classic skiing at the campground is not too bad. Skate skiing is only for those who can ride a flat ski – overedging will dig straight through to pavement. Looks like the amazing JNSC volunteer grooming crew was getting equipment in place so we may see the soft snow rolled out soon. Rumor has it that grooming equipment is also being put in place at Montana Creek. Be sure to check out the new connector trail that leads from the new parking area across from Skaters Cabin to the West Glacier trailhead parking lot. It’s happening!
Montana creek trail is set by skiing, not groomed today with equipment, snow pack is just a bit low still.
There is 6″ of snow at the campground. Early season conditions exist. Watch for thin snow and rocks underneath overhanging trees. The grooming equipment isn’t yet out of the shop… Hopefully soon.
Ever Since Scott Fischer hung up his spurs, the title of Number One Groomer has been up for grabs. John Staub made a lunge at it with a 5am start on the upper loop. Conditions conspired against him , (snow too soft), to take the title easily, but it was a yeoman’s effort. Quality control found a few tread break throughs, and some uneven work, but a few stretches of really nice corduroy and so his grade is average. He rates it good for ‘Pioneer Skiers’.
I wont sugar coat it. Track is soft. One more day of coaxing and it will be perfect again. I did renew the corduroy up Trickster and down skiers right of sourdough. FWIW.
Real Groomers of SEAK episode 7. Visit with Reality TV Star Steve Box from ‘Building Alaska’ . The groomer hit the upper loop with the roller today and just about has the loop sorted. A new coat of corduroy, and nearly level. If you like corn snow, it’s prime right now. Secret corduroy lane up and down Trickster, shhhhh!
Leveraging the power of JNSKI and Eaglecrest Staff and BOD. The upper loop was coaxed back to life this morning. On a sunny day,the prime time is 8-10am. Even though temps didn’t drop below freezing last nightat 6 am the snow was hard. Contrast this with a cloudy Thurday night and soft Friday morning conditions at 6. Spring skiing, like love, is all about timing.