Cold, new snow. Like yesterday, only better. 20″ at the midpoint of BlackBear. Some soft turns from the ridge. Watch for rocks!
I groomed the campground this morning with four passes. There’s almost enough packed snow now to cover the speed bumps. So, it’s still not deep enough for classic tracks, and the skating will improve as the base deepens. There’s a nice corduroy surface which is probably best for classic so far.
Eagle Beach was rolled & packed on Sunday to start forming a base for skiing. Did not set a classic track, as the snow is still thin, especially in the tree on the back loop.
We classic skied this afternoon – 2-3 pm. Lots of snow but a few times hit rough ground under the fluffy stuff. Once groomed and with a solid base it will be awesome!
It was great to finally wake up to snow on the ground this morning. Eaglecrest is reporting 3 inches of snow overnight at the lodge as of 9:30 this morning. This snow is pretty light, and there was no snow on the lower loop prior to this snowfall, so it is probably going to take at least 8 inches to pack into a decent base for skiing and setting a classic track. I took one of the Nordic club grooming snowmobiles up to Eaglecrest yesterday, and will set a classic track as soon as there is enough snow. Thanks to Del Carnes and his helper for getting the Skandic ready to go.
I will go up this afternoon to take a look, but it is iffy whether we we will have enough snow to groom the lower loop before dark. If you have rock skis you can always give it a go.
The good news is that there is more snow in the forecast for Tuesday.
Yes you can tell we are desperate for the season to start. Black Bear road is skatable from the throat up. Oh, it feels good, even if you have to hike to get there.
Eagle Beach will have a new Ginzu groomer available this season for grooming. So, look for even better skiing conditions out ther. Groomers will post on this site after working the trails.