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Tania Williamson

Ski Report 2/5/2023

 

10:15 Update:

GROOMED: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Spring Hill, All of Essex Rd, Kendi’s Crossing, Pileated, Towering Pines, Highline, Essex Creek, Lower Dickey Loop, River Trail, River Loop

8:15 Update:

GROOMED: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Spring Hill, Essex Rd to Kendi’s, Kendi’s Crossing, Pileated, Towering Pines, Highline, Essex Creek, Lower Dickey Loop

6:15am – I finally got to hoot at the Snow Moon this morning! It is mostly clear at this early hour and the moon is shining bright. The temperature is currently 24 degrees. The groomer is reporting excellent results thus far and plans to groomgroomgroom. We are forcast for a high of 39 degrees and 60% chance of precipitation. We did reach our highs yesterday (42 is what I saw) and magically the trails remained in fabulously fun skiing condition.

GROOMED: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Spring Hill

UP NEXT: The Complex (the loops along Essex Creek) followed by the River

Did you know that river otters are active in the winter? They don’t hibernate. Spring to Fall, they are a generally nocturnal creatures but in the winter they become active during the day. They tend to be in very small groups or solitary during the winter due to it being harder to get food. They stay warm because of their guard hairs. The guard hairs are hollow and have scales (similar to snake scales) and these guard hairs keep the densely packed, finer underfur dry. Maybe you will peep an otter in Essex Creek?

Ski Report 2/4/2023

7:30am GROOMED: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Spring Hill Down, Upper Dickey Loop, Dickey Road from end of Dickey Loop to Essex Road, Essex Road from Starlight to Dickey

The Groomer is reporting inconsistent results due to the conditions and temperatures. We have decided to leave the rest of the trails alone for today.

No chance of seeing the Snow Moon this morning. It is 6am and currently, there is graupel falling from the sky. Graupel is also known as soft hail, hominy snow, snow pellets or informally as falling Dipping Dots. Hail is hard ice pellets while graupel is ice pellets that are squishy or soft to the touch.

It is currently 34 degrees. We are forecast a high of 38 degrees and 60% chance of precipitation. Grooming is in progress. The groomer is trying to decide if the temps/conditions will allow him to continue. It’s a fine line between making it better and making a mess. The trails were in prime condition yesterday and a little bit of graupel isn’t going to ruin their smooth awesomeness but we do love to create beautiful corduroy. Go play with some graupel while you wait to find out more info…….I did!

 

Ski Report 2/3/2023

10am Update: Temps are back on the rise.  We are at 15 degrees.

GROOMED: All of Essex Road, Spring Hill, Lower Dickey Loop, Starlight, Caboose and Cabin Lanes, Pileated, Towering Pines, Highline, Essex Creek

8am Update: It’s 11 degrees, temps have decreased since the wee hours! Conditions are excellent. The corduroy is prime!

GROOMED: Starlight, Caboose and Cabin Lanes, Essex Road to Kendi’s, Pileated, Towering Pines, Highline, Essex Creek

One more update when grooming is complete.

Good Morning! It is 6am and Punxsutawney Phil says we get 6 more weeks of winter! YipYip.

It is currently 16 degrees. We are forecast a high of 41 degrees and mostly sunny. Oh glorious sun! We have not been reaching the predicted highs and hopefully that will be the case today! If winter is sticking around, we want the snow to stick around with it.

Grooming is underway. We are hoping to get about 20 km freshly groomed today. Will update as to what trails are completed when I get the info.

FUN FACT: The Snow Moon will arrive this weekend. It is at it’s fullest on Sunday, around 4:30pm. According to NASA, the moon will appear full for 3 days, from early Saturday morning to early Tuesday morning. It is dubbed the Snow Moon due to the heavy snows that fall during this cycle. It is also known as the Storm Moon or the Hunger Moon (due to challenging hunting because of the snow/storms).

Ski Report 2/2/2023

9am – GROOMED: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Essex Road, Towering Pines, Pileated, Highline Downside, Essex Creek Downside, Upper Dickey Loop, River Trail, River Loop
6:30 am – Good Morning!

Will there be six more weeks of winter or will spring arrive early? Only the groundhog can tell us. It’s too early for Punxsutawney Phil to be up and about but I know I sure hope no shadows are seen and winter goes on!!!! Happy Groundhog Day.

It is currently 16 degrees and partly cloudy. Our forecast is calling for a high of 37 and partly sunny. We didn’t see our high yesterday and are hoping we don’t today as well. Grooming is underway, there will be an update once we hear details. We got a extra inch yesterday which brings us up to about 8 inches this week. The trails are refreshed and skiing great.

FUN FACT:

Has Punxsutawney Phil ever lost a tooth?
Yes. His dentist examined it and saw that it had a cavity. This was due to his favorite treat of honey and oat granola bars that have sugar in them. Groundhogs teeth continuous grow. That is why they constantly are chewing and gnawing on things. Phil’s tooth grew back in no time at all! His handlers lessened his intake of granola bars so he wouldn’t get in trouble by the dentist.

This fact was copied from www.groundhog.org. See their website and FAQ page for more interesting facts about Phil.

Ski Report 2/1/2023

Happy February! We got snow! Around 6 inches since Sunday. WooooooooHoooooo! It is currently 19 degrees, forecast for a high of 31 degrees. The trails are fabulous. It’s going to be a beautiful day is Essex!

GROOMED: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Essex Road, Pileated, Highline Upside, Essex Creek Upside

Ski Report 1/29/2023

9:30am – Back porch thermo is up to -9.

GROOMED: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Essex Road, Highline Downside, Essex Creek Downside, Spring Hill, Upper Dickey Loop, Lower Dickey Loop

8:00am – Back porch thermometer is reading -10. NWS weather station is reading -13. Good layers will be important today. We have been having fun tossing boiling water into the air and watching it freeze! Always a fun cold day activity! Almost as fun as gliding on our great trails!

GROOMED: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Essex Road to Kendi’s, Highline Downside, Essex Creek Downside, Spring Hill, Upper Dickey Loop

Up Next: River Trail, River Loop, the rest of Essex Road

6:30am-  WoooooHooooo! It is chilly out there. Really wakes ya up on the bike to work! Our thermometers are reading -8 degrees. We are forecast for a high of +7 degrees. There is a possible wind chill value of – 22. The winds stayed away yesterday, let’s hope they do the same today. We will have a fire roaring in the lobby to warm your outsides and some great hot beverages and appetizers to warm your insides.

The trails were in prime condition yesterday and are looking to be just as good today. The groomer is happily processing snow into a beautiful, groovy pattern we all know as corduroy. Come on out and get your skate or classic groove on!

Deee-Lite says “Groove is in the Heart”.  That means the groove can go where ever you do. I will be looking for you grooving on our groovy trails today!

For the full video and some fun morning wake up and get moving music with rad dance inspiration, here is a link…..www.youtube.com/watch?v=etviGf1uWlg.

Have a DEEE-LITEful and GROOVY Morning!

Ski Report 1/28/2023

9:45am – GROOMED: Starlight, Caboose and Cabin Lanes, All of Essex Road, Pileated, Towering Pines, Boy Scout Crossover, Essex Creek, Highline, Spring Hill

We will head to the River Trail tomorrow.

8:00am – It is BEAUTIFUL out there! There is Classic Track set all over the place!

GROOMED: Starlight, Caboose and Cabin Lanes, Essex Road to Kendi’s, Pileated, Towering Pines, Boy Scout Crossover, Essex Creek, Highline, Spring Hill

Up Next: The rest of Essex Road and maybe the River Trail

6:45am – It is currently 13 degrees, snowing with a light breeze. We are forecast for a high of 13 degrees with wind chill values as low as -22. A bit of a shock to the system after all of that warmth but happy it feels like winter again and we have gotten some fresh snow. We got close to 2 inches of snow in the last 24 hours. Grooming report will be posted as soon as I hear the details!

Happy T-Rex GIF by DisneyJunior

6:15am- Gooooooood Morning! Did you hear the rumble in the wee hours? She has awakened! Gloria (the PistenBully) is feeling all better. She is out chewing up the snow and spitting out sweet, sweet corduroy! More info to come very shortly………after I make some coffee.

Ski Report 1/27/2023

9:45am SNOWGLOBE DAY! It is dumping beautiful, huge flakes of snow! The temp is hovering around 32/33 degrees. Come enjoy a ski in a Winter Wonderland!

GROOMED: Starlight, Essex Road, Towering Pines Downside, Pileated Downside, Highline Upside, Essex Creek Upside

Everything turned out great, there is some chunkiness on Essex Road from Starlight to Dickey Road.

6:30am – STORM DAY!!! Gooooood Morning! We are finally getting some snow and we finally have a machine running to tame it. The snowmo-grooming was successful yesterday and we are at it again this morning! I will update when I get a report from the groomer.

It is currently 31 degrees and snowing. The NWS is calling for a 100% chance of precipitation decreasing to a 70% chance by afternoon. Our high today is forecasted as 35 degrees. Our low tonight is 4 degrees. We received an inch of snow in the last 24 hours.

Get out there and enjoy the storm before the cold temps take over. We are looking at a chilly weekend!

Did you know the earth is closest to the sun in our winter? In January, the Earth is about 3.1 million miles closer to the sun than in July.

 

Ski Report 1/26/2023

1:45pm SNOWMO GROOMED: Starlight, Pileated, Essex Road, Highline Down, Essex Creek Down

12:15pm We are snowmobile grooming! A machine has cooperated with us!

GROOMED: Starlight, Pileated, In Progress: Essex Road from Starlight to Dickey Road

8:00am – Season Pass Holders- Stop in to the Izaak for a Hot Chocolate or Coffee on us! Sorry for the delay of grooming!

6:30am – It’s Snowing!!! The trails are still in really good shape. The PistenBully continues to be out of commission. We have diagnosed the problem and are working on getting the parts to fix the issue. Fingers Crossed!

We are offering free trail passes today. I will update later this morning, we may be able to snowmobile groom some trails.

By the way, what is it called when a snowman is having a temper tantrum?

A Meltdown

Ski Report 1/22/2023

6:45am – GROOMED: Starlight, Pileated to Boy Scout Crossover and Shortcut, Lower Essex Creek and then the groomer sprung a leak….not the person, the machine. The Groomer (the person) is assessing the groomer (the machine) currently. The snow surface is too firm at the time for snowmobile grooming. If we get some fresh snow, we will groom with the snomo. FORTUNATELY, all trails have been groomed in the last 48 hours! They are still in quite good shape, just missing that nice layer of fresh corduroy. I will update if we are able to get Gloria (the machine) back in action today.

What did one ocean say to the other ocean?

Nothing, it just waved!

6:00am – Good Morning fellow ski enthusiasts! It is currently 25 degrees and the groomer has been cruising along making the most of the dusting of snow that has fallen this morning. It is currently lightly snowing, we have a 32 inch settled base. There is a 70% chance the snow will continue for a little bit of accumulation. The trails were fabulous yesterday. Fast and smooth and full of smiling folks! It is looking like we will have similar conditions today.