Pioneer Road Waiting for more snow to cover the frozen and challenging conditions. Will groom when able. if you go out there be very careful as the snow is like concrete.
A blue (ice) klister worked really well for hardpack at Montana Creek. The tracks are the best of the season. It should work well at the campground too. To make it last longer put a base klister on first. Remember your klister zones are maybe 1-2″ shorter on the heel and 2-4″ shorter on the toe depending on your length of skis. No-wax (scales) worked less well in the tracks but better out of the track.
Eaglecrest was able to get a piston bully to pack the 4k of the lower loop previously groomed by JNSC smaller equipment. Good for skate skiing on cold, firm granulated surface. No classic track. Waiting for more snow.
I’m planning on grooming campground about 9:30. I’ll probably just do the skate track as the classic track is rock hard and I would probably make it worse. If it’s anything like yesterday it should groom up nicely. The classic track looked good yesterday too. 10 degrees this morning.
Skied the N. Douglas access road today. Tracks for classic are set well. After 3 falls and a broken pole, my advice under current conditions is you need to know now to stop going down hill. When I got out of the tracks to snow plow, the groomed part in the middle was lumpy from all the dog tracks and melting and snowplowing didn’t work. When I caught and edge, I was over the top of my skis and on the ground. Luckily, the woods are full of spare poles. The last hill down to the gate I walked. That hill would be great for sledding, but you might want to bring some sleeping foam cushions to put against the gate in case you can’t stop your sled in time. Can’t agree with spending all that money for a road to nowhere and destroying square miles of deer habitat – especially when we later traded forest service land here for even more logging on Prince of Wales, but the road is there now, and the skiing is great and will be better with some fresh snow.
Hope to iron out all the bumps, flatten the corduroy and reset both skate and classic. See you out there!
Skat lanes groomed up very nicely, granulated corduroy. Classic track is in fair condition, It could not be improved due to hard packed snow conditions.