Friday, December 31, 2010
CONDITIONS: Only the Little Bauer Loops are groomed, but they are Finger-lickin', stick clickin', pole-diggin' good. Really quite nice; a tad soft, and it will take a little while to level the trail out, but the snow feels Great! Cold and forgiving, but firming up fast as the temperatures head for the south side of zero.
We are anticipating some assistance from the Forest Service early next week so we can open up more terrain. Please check back often to see where we're at with that.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Our groomers (all volunteers) report that there are about 24 new inches of snow at the Bauer Loop. There is probably substantially more at the upper reaches of the area.
Many thanks to our groomers today for a stellar job; John, Tom R., Brad and Andy - a job well done!
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This ketchup bottle, posing as a winter storm, has unleashed its load on the ski area. This is only a preliminary report, more details to follow. But I wanted to let all you anxious skiers know that yes indeed, the groomers have been busy grooming the ski area. My understanding is that the Little Bauer loop is track packed and groomed, and I believe that is all for the moment.
I will provide more information as updates become available. Please check back for further updates. And please, no catsup on MY chicken, please; I like chicken.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Hank, John and Peter got on it today and started track packing with the snowmobiles and even laid down a little corduroy.
Lower Little Bauer Loop is groomed, and should be good for skiing, though perhaps a bit choppy in spots. The Upper section of Little Bauer is "roughed in," meaning it was tracked packed and rolled; but the deeper snow and quick job means it is noot as finished as the lower loop.
Rush Creek Loop, including the road, got track packed and rolled. The road is in pretty gnarly shape though, as someone put foot-deep ruts in the mud this fall. It will take some time - and lots of snow - to iron that mess out. The rest of Rush Creek Loop should be pretty decent though.
This week will be a kind of calculated gamble, as far as deciding how much grooming to do. There are warm, sunny days lurking in the tail end of the week which could easily melt quite a bit of this snow. We will watch closely and groom prudently. But the limited resources we have must be utilized to maximum benefit for the duration of the season.
We will keep you posted...
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Thank you John Gilbert, Gary & Jackie Smith, Cap Allen, Michael Nusser and Hank Taylor for clearing trails on Saturday, October 16th. This energetic crew cleared trails on the upper and lower Bauer Loops and the connecter trail to Rush Creek. Yeah!
Chicken Creek has bought a much needed 20” wide snowmobile which will enable groomers to do a better job. Exciting!
Question: Does anyone have a barbell weight larger than 25 lbs??? Please leave a comment if you do. Thank you.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thank you, thank you. Many thanks are due to all the folks who make the Chicken "cluck," and a future blog will address that issue. For now, I just wanted to advise folks that:
- The ski area is not "closed." Go, and if you can find enough snow, ice and slush to move around on, have at it.
- Unless we have an extended cold front with lots of precipitation, we're done grooming. Even then, there are no guarantees.
The Chicken has left the building. Get out your running shoes, roller blades, bikes, climbing gear, backpacks, hiking boots, volleyball nets, whatever. Enjoy the summer.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Today: Both Bauer loops were groomed, as was Road 41 from the picnic table up to the Rush Spur. New classic track was also set on all but one short leg of Bauer, as things were getting a bit mushed up.
Tomorrow: The plan is to have more terrain groomed early in the morning. Not sure exactly where Tom is planning on going, but it will be obvious when it's done.
IF the weather forecast is accurate (a mighty big if) then it seems reasonable to assume the end is near. The chicken has grown fat and happy, but the butcher is approaching.
Don't forget that you need to mess around with your clocks Sunday night and kiss an hour's sleep goodbye.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Here's my understanding of what got groomed yesterday:
Both of the Little Bauer Loops
Road 41 from the picnic table to Rush spur
Classic track set around the perimeter
We keep saying this, but this may (or may not!) be the last hurrah, with temps in the 50's predicted after the snow stops. So if you can, get up there this week since there's plenty of good, fresh snow.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Steps were also carved in the mound of ice by which skiers gain access to the trail, so climbing in is no longer a maneuver requiring the balance of a balarina and the dexterity of a gymnast.
Upper loops were very nice yesterday, and will probably be kind of scary fast today, unless we get a bit of fresh snow on top or things warm up enough to soften the snow. So be careful up there.
Friday, February 26, 2010
All the upper terrain got a quick brush-up and should be very nice skiing. I actually skied most of the upper terrain today before it got groomed and it was all decent, but with the fresh courderoy it ought to be mighty fine, though perhaps a tad on the fast side.
Excutive Summary: It's all really good. Go ski!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
We have another groomer going up now, so there will be another report later.
PS. The trail map posted yesterday showed Turkey Creek and the road to the Gate at the very top as closed. They are not technically "Closed" (as in 'don't go there'). They are simply not groomed.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Anyway, before the condition report, some thanks are due. Here they are. Thanks Hank for going up early and making an exit ramp for the machine (and we also very much appreciate that you did not keel over in a snowbank last night as you were hiking out 4 miles). Thank you to Bob and Nancy for breaking trail most of the way up for us; that was major. John went up and did heavy excavation on the snow machine which was instrumental in its extrication. Joan and Peter did a great job of standing around looking puzzled. And Barry was excellent moral support, not to mention the fabulous job of carring out the ski poles. Truly it was a group effort.
And now, the moment you've been waiting for:
More thanks go to Lance for GROOMING and setting classic track on the Little Bauer Trail. And since it stayed pretty cold today the snow is still in very nice condition. Mid-winter conditions, no crowds, never any waiting for a chair lift. What are you waiting for?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saty posted for further updates.
We'll keep you updated and give a more detailed report when the dust settles. Meanwhile, go enjoy the soft, fluffy snow!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Enjoy the trails. It looks like we are going to keep grooming as long as the moisture stays white.
An update on our #1 grooming snowmobile is: 3500-4000 for all the repairs, so we have to off-set that cost somehow.
p.o. box 111
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Newly reconditioned are:
- Lower Little Bauer
- Rush Connector
- Dolph Kuss Loop
- Hamlin Loop
- the road from the picnic table to the top of Hamlin Loop
Things got soft enough today for the groomer's teeth to reall bite in to the snow, ergo lovely flow.
So, go ski. Don't blow it by lying low.
Bonus round: More of the white stuff on the way to freshen things up, with tomorrow and Friday shaping up as the likely days for precipitation. The skier in me is excited, my inner shoveler is underwhelemed at the prospect. But hey, it's winter.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Here's what he did:
- He dragged the groomer over the Bauer Loops
- The Rush Connector and Spur
- The road from the picnic table to the top of Hamlin Loop
- Hamlin Loop
- Dolph Kuss Loop
He did not groom Rush Creek, but that was groomed the day before.
We're experimenting with ways to derive maximum benefit from the gear we have available, but the big guns are out of commission for the time being. We're looking at a multiple-thousand dollar fix on the work-horse sled. Ouch! Your generous donations make this possible. We know this is a difficult time for many, and we appreciate the contributions of you skiers.
If it is within your means, we would greatly appreciate additional contributions, as our yellow machine had no health insurance:
Please send contributions to:
Friends of Chicken Creek Nordic
PO Box 111
Mancos, CO 81328
Monday, February 15, 2010
The results are not uniformly excellent. But, in most places the groomer was able to scratch the snow up at least a little bit. We're using older equipment which simply doesn't have the ability to work up the snow like our ginzu does. The softer snow took the groomer in its fluffy embrace and transformed into sweet corduroy. The really hard stuff had it skittering along like a child's toy.
Please exercise extra caution on the trails as the snow more closely resembles ice in certain southerly exposed places.
Looks like a possibility of more precipitation late in the week, possibly in the form of rain. Chester the Chicken says - better ski while the skiing's good!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Light a candle for our grooming machine "Old Yeller", now in the shop for transmission repairs.
Donations always appreciated. The season is still young. Happy Trails!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Tuesday morning the Bauer loops were re-rolled, widened and had classic track installed (at least on the perimeter).
Rush connector to the road, and the road to the picnic table got the same treatment.
The road up the hill from Rush connector got widened and repacked.
Dolph Kuss and Hamlin are still only half rolled.
Rush Creek loop has not been rolled yet.
Monday, February 8, 2010
The caveat is that the trails are only groomed on one side. As soon as possible we will groom the right hand side and set classic track. Meanwhile, the classic skiing is phenomenal, and the skating on these trails ought to be very good.
Rush Creek loop has been track packed but not yet groomed. The road from the top of Hamlin up to the gate has not been touched yet.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
The snow is soft, so classic is probably best until things set up a bit more.
Now the bad news. The yellow snow machine, our reliable work horse, has taken a dive and may be out of commission for some time. We plan to trailer it for repairs on Tuesday. It sounds like the transmission is fried. Not good. Almost as if the machine read the previous blog predicting imminent immobility.
We'll keep you posted as to it's recovery, and we'll do our best to keep the snow packed down with the remaining machine. Our only options are packing and rolling until the big yellow machine is revived. So the classic track will become history, at least for now. Thanks for all your support this season. And if anyone has a super-duty utility type snow machine we could utilize in the meantime, please respond with a "comment" to this blog entry.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Our Classic track remains intact, and we encourage folks of all levels to slide through the Ponderosa Forest. Pets welcome on our Dog loops!
Let's keep up the snow dancin"!
Monday, February 1, 2010
- So, the Bauer loops are now re-done and should be quite nice for a morning ski.
- The road is refreshed from top to bottom.
- Dolph Kuss loop got the treatment.
- So did Hamlin.
The odd one out here is the Rush Creek loop and the Rush Connector. Until that is groomed, the nicest access to D-K and Hamlin would be the road, starting by the picnic table. Rush Connector and the Rush Creek loop are certainly open and skiable, just kind of hard to get an edge in.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The Rush Creek loop is mostly quite nice. Great for classic skiers and will need additional levelling before we can say it's great for skating. Nonetheless, we skated it this AM and had no real problem. It will simply be easier once it gets more flat.
Hamlin and Dolph Kuss loops are a bit better than Rush. While there are still some funky spots, overall they were very enjoyable to skate.
The road from the top of Rush Creek to the top gate is the most challenging of all (for skaters) and will require substantially more levelling work before it is in prime condition. Still, it is "do-able." It's in perfect condition for classic skiing and there is set track to the top.
Comments are welcome, especially regarding the condition of the road, since we only skied a small piece of it. We did from the bottom of Dolph Kuss to the picnic table, and it was great.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Fearless groomers Tom and John packed and rolled like a couple Rastafarians today. Only the Rush Creek Trail and the road to the top remain ungroomed as of this writing. Drifting snow and more snow on the way will mean conditions may be less than ideal for skating.
Apparently we don't need to worry about running out of snow any time soon. Let's hear it for the groomers, and the Forest Service for coming through with the necessary fuel.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Peter B. and John G. rode the mighty beasts today like rodeo champs. The trees are beautiful, loaded with giant dollops of the fresh stuff. We'll keep you posted as the storm progresses.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Many thanks to the responsible dog owners for removing the mutt manure from the trails. Also, if you know someone who needs info on grooming updates, please tell them about the blog. We had to give up on mass emails as they were being treated as spam.
We are making headway on saving enough $ for a new machine, but make a generous donation as you can
Friday, January 15, 2010
It has been reported that the rest of the trails are in quite nice condition so enjoy the weekend.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Many thanks to the contributors whose generous support helps to keep the equipment running. We could not do it without you.
Friday, January 8, 2010
The road past Rush Connector is good to very good; nicely groomed and little used.
Rush and Hamlin Loops are very good to sublime (in spots). When we skied it this afternoon, there were only 3 previous sets of skate tracks, so lots of fresh corduroy up top.
The Road past the top of Rush is still excellent all the way to the top.
Pray for snow.
Thank you for all your donations to date. Contributions may be made at the trail head or mailed to our PO Box as follows:
Chicken Creek Nordic
PO Box 111
Mancos, CO 81328
Happy New Year and enjoy the skiing!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The good folks at Durango Nordic will be linking to this blog, and so welcome to all you folks at Durango Nordic. You can visit their website at http://durangonordic.org
Thanks to all the donations at the trailhead and the PO box (listed below). Your contributions keep the Creek at its peak. We would especially like to acknowlwdge the generous contribution of the Winn family of Mancos / Albuquerque.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Happy New Year to all. And don't overlook the donation box at the trailhead please.