Monday

We’re expecting a little new snow overnight into Monday. If we’re lucky we’ll see up to a couple inches in the next 24 hours or so. A little fresh powder should allow us to really smooth out the trails after dealing with some funky half-refrozen snow on Sunday. Look for fresh grooming on the North End with some fresh snow hopefully falling on top. We’ll start on the Tripoli/Osceola side.

The South End will get a little snowmobile love that should groom out nicely as long as we pick up some fresh snow. Watch for a couple thin spots on Pond Loop and Lower Criterion.

Let it snow,

Ian

Sunday

Saturday night we’ll let the trails freeze back up and then groom them out Sunday morning in the North End for another great ski day.

Coverage in the North End continues to be spectacular so don’t worry about skiing on your race skis this weekend. Swing by the shop to try some high performance rentals or get a fresh layer of wax on your gear. Skis deserve some love too.

The South End will be a little bumpy and slick for Sunday so we’ll be allowing some fat bike access to help keep Livermore in better shape for the day.

Just a reminder that our official dog trails in the North End are Deep Woods, Greeley Path, Connector, and Livemore from Jnct 64 to 46. As much as we love your furry friends it’s dangerous for skiers and pets on our steeper terrain and not everyone is a dog person as sad as that is.

Ski well,

Ian

Weekend Outlook

Update: Sorry if my wording was confusing, the North End is groomed full for skate and classic this morning.

-Watch out for vehicle tracks on Tripoli Road, someone decided to disregard the road closed sign.

Friday afternoon we’ll be skiing a fresh groom on Tripoli Road, Pipeline, and Connector. We had to run to the South End to get the Golf Course, Teaching Area, and part of Pond Loop safe for the weekend. The rest of the South End is still skiing on a snowmobile groom and there are just a couple spots of thin cover out there. Lower Criterion is now open, but use caution.

Friday night temps will drop enough that we’ll be covering the whole North End for a fresh surface on Saturday. The wet weather that was predicted seems to have disappeared! Mother nature continues to be kind to us this year. There is a slight chance of fresh snow Friday night, so there’s a possibility of a dusting on the groom by morning. The warmth on Saturday that will produce lovely soft snow and spring skiing conditions.

Saturday night we’ll let the trails freeze back up and then groom them out Sunday morning in the North End for another great ski day.

Coverage in the North End continues to be spectacular so don’t worry about skiing on your race skis this weekend. Swing by the shop to try some high performance rentals or get a fresh layer of wax on your gear. Skis deserve some love too.

Enjoy it,

Ian

Friday

Friday morning we’ll be out on the North End starting on the Tripoli side and working our way around. Skiing continues to be excellent with that little fresh on Wednesday mixing in nicely with the firm base.

Well the storm this weekend can’t quite decide what it wants to be. At the moment we’re seeing the potential for some snow Friday night and then a switch over to a little wet stuff. It doesn’t look like we’ll end up with very much rain so that’s a positive. It may be a little soft out there but the skiing should be fantastic through the weekend.

Enjoy the snow!

Ian

Thursday

We picked up some unexpected snow Wednesday morning that has really freshened things up out there. The North End will be fully groomed Thursday morning except for Tripoli Road which will be a last minute call, but will still be skiing well with minimal traffic. It should be an absolutely perfect ski day out there.

We’ll hit the South End with the snowmobile and start prepping more terrain with the dam construction wrapping up next week.

I took a tour of some outer South End trails today and we still need a little more snow for most trails. Unfortunately the early snow we’ve gotten didn’t allow the groundwater to freeze up solid before being insulated by the snow. We’re still light years ahead of where we normally are at this point and one more good storm could really put us over the top.

-Ian

Wednesday

The big cat will be out on the North End for Wednesday morning, starting on the Tripoli/Osceola side and moving over to Livermore as time allows. We’re taking it slow to avoid adding back in any of that dreaded tiller hop with the firm conditions. The snow continues to have plenty of life to it and we really can’t have asked for much more from the first part of December.

I’m continuing to watch this weekend’s storm to see what we’re expecting. It’s currently looking like we might pick up a little snow before any potential wet. It should be warm enough to enjoy it either way! The rock solid base in the North End should be able to hold strong even if a little liquid snow does end up on the trails.

Have fun, ski fast

-Ian

Tuesday

With the firm conditions we took our time on Monday and ended up grooming out the whole North End with the exception of Tripoli Rd. That should put us in great shape for Tuesday. The South End will see a little love from the snowmobile groomer through the day Tuesday, but will still be a bit bumpy until we pick up some more snow.

The dam construction is scheduled to finish up by December 21st. So look forward to getting Village Trail, Inner Mad River, and Swan’s Way back in action soon after that.

The forecast for this weekend looks a little iffy at this point so we’ll be watching that closely and making decisions about when and if to try Cascade Brook based on that. Nothing worse than spending hours pushing around snow only to have it wash away!

Enjoy the snow!

Ian

Monday

The firmness of the trails has left us with some tiller hop in a few spots. So for Monday we’re going to spend some extra time cleaning up some of that bumpiness on the Osceola side. The plan after that is to work on getting the backside of John Deer packed down and set up for a groom later this week if it looks good. If there’s time left then we’ll also be out working on Cascade Brook to Jnct 29. Please respect the ropes on these trails even if you see grooming on the other side, it’s important that we let them set up properly before they see skiers.

So the best skiing will be found on the Osceola/Tripoli side for the morning. If we’re able to make it over to Cascade Brook then there will also be a fresh pass on Livermore. I’ll keep you updated with progress as possible.

Don’t forget we have the Kris Freeman Skate Clinic coming up on December 22nd. It’s a chance to learn from the best. Call the shop or send me an email to register, icullison@waterville.com

We’ll be continuing to work throughout the week on getting some more trails prepped for opening. Still can’t believe it’s early December.

Ski fast,

Ian