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.