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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lose your keys??

Are these yours??
call 560-4777

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Yuuuuuuuuuuck!

Grooming activities are currently suspended while we try to figure out if we went through a wormhole and landed in April.  If the storm system moves out with some cold and enough snow to refresh the trails and resume skiing, that would be great.  It also appears highly unlikely, as the temperatures are predicted to hit about 50 once the rain stops.  Sigh.

Stay tuned.  Anything can happen.  There is enough snow/slush to kick around on up there if you are not fussy about the quality of snow.  The southwest corner of the Lower Bauer Loop is in the process of getting washed out but was still holding as of Thursday.  I haven't been back up there since then to look, but it didn't look like it was going to hold out for too much longer.  It will be a big problem - not so much for skiers - if we can't get grooming equipment through that section of trail.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Chickens that Tweet

For those of you who want the latest data on grooming and conditions at the ski area, follow us on Twitter.  We are aiming for near instantaneous reporting on grooming right here:
Twitter Feed (not chicken feed)

For those of you disinclined to push the above button, here is a detailed report on the doings from last night (Monday).  Groomers Michael and Peter B groomed well into the evening hours, trying to take advantage of cooler temperatures.  All loops received the treatment.  Pretty much all the established classic track was obliterated in the process, but so were many of the potholes created by inconsiderate hikers.  In general, the bit of fuzz we got on top of the snow already there made things a bit smoother.  The warm weather today is not going to help.  If this current system goes out as snow, we may get enough to freshen things up nicely.  Stay posted, and seriously, do that Twitter thing.

What with all the grooming, machine repairs, administrative work, blogging, tweeting, etc., 10.4 volunteer hours were logged yesterday and today.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Facebook Fantasia; Super Bowl Siesta

Just because no grooming happened at the area over the weekend doesn't mean we were all asleep at the wheel.  The Board of Directors for the ski area met over the weekend in an attempt to make Chicken Creek Ski Area viable into the future.

FYI, the next planned grooming session is Monday evening, about 5pm; weather dependent.

One of the things which came out of the meeting was a desire to step into the bold new world of social media.  Yes, of course that means Facebook and Twitter.  Here are the links:
Facebook Link
Twitter Link

Coming soon, look for a way to contribute directly to the ski area without having to leave your chair!  Anyway, the volunteer hours accumulated by volunteer board members and committee members to make this all happen total 27.8 over the last two days.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Poultry Inspector Report

Thanks to some good cloud cover today, the ski area remains in good feather.  Bauer Loops got a quick touch-up this evening and ought to be sublime in the morning.  Upper Loops are looking quite good, though there are some faint ruts which could easily catch a ski tip if your attention lapses on the way down.  Speaking from experience there.

Yamaha rescue successful, returned to pen, grooming and rescuing tallied 1.8 volunteer hours; admin duties chewed up another 2.5 hours for a total of 4.3 hours today.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Something Happened Somewhere

Skiers, get ready for the most ambiguous, un-enlightening entry ever!  Two guys, John G and Phil A, went out on very expensive yet totally unreliable machines into the forest this afternoon in an attempt to improve skiing conditions for you.  Yes, you.  One machine quit running for as yet undetermined reasons.  The other ran reasonably well, except at low speeds (which is how we do all our grooming).  Some trails got some grooming, some didn't.  One guy had to do some walking, the other one didn't.

I hope this clears thing up for you all.  Between grooming, listening to explanations of how cutting down almost all the trees in the forest will be good for everyone, fetching the broken down machine from the shop, walking out after the other machine broke down, blah, blah, blah, 7.8 volunteer hours were spent doing things.  Isn't that awesome?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Progress Despite Obstacles

We now have some upper terrain opened up for skating.  The Rush Creek Loop and the Chicken Creek Road (CR 41) are groomed up to the turnaround, for fabulous views of the La Platas.  David B and Peter B (no relation) toiled mightily this morning to get that done, after fixing a cooling system leak on one of the machines.  We are still without our most powerful machine due to delays at the repair shop, so we don't have the firepower we really need to get work done as quickly as we could.  Basically, we are limping along at half speed.  More work will be done tomorrow, and I will report on it when I get the report from the groomers.

A gentle reminder that post-holing down the middle of the track is a severe breach of ski area etiquette.  This would be approximately akin to me coming into your house with dog turds all over my feet and walking on your freshly shampooed carpet.  Yes, the track will get skied on and tracked out.  And yes, eventually your carpet will get dirty again.  If this seems too severe, please keep in mind the labor and expense that goes into grooming the area.  This is a ski area in the winter.  Please hike elsewhere in the winter.  Come back and hike in the spring, summer and fall.  It is inconsiderate of the time and effort put in by our volunteer groomers to trash the track by walking on it.  I won't even get into the piles of dog poop littering the trails lately. OK, maybe I will.  If you own a dog, grab a spatula at the trail head and fling the poo off the trail into the woods.  This does not seem like too much to ask.

Between machine repairs, grooming, and wrangling with the repair shop we logged 9.7 volunteer hours today.