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Tania Williamson

Ski Report 1/13/2023

This morning’s beautiful corduroy!

9:00am HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!! The grooming has turned out EXCELLENT. Temps have dropped to 28 degrees. YipYip!!!

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

 

Good Morning.  It is 6am and it is “warm” out there but the groomer said things are turning out pretty darn good. It is 31 degrees.  The forecast is for 37 degrees with patchy fog in the morning then mostly sunny.  Should be a beautiful day with some blue skies to buoy the spirit! Grooming started out on Starlight and Spring Hill.  The plan is to do a lap in the Loop Complex then head to the trails that didn’t get groomed yesterday.  We will update as soon as we can! Just a reminder, the Izaak Happy Hour is from 3pm-5pm.

Left: Essex Creek Trail and the Moon at 6:15am

Ski Report 1/12/2023

10:00am – Grooming turned out nicely but we would love some more snow!

Groomed by the Real Deal: Starlight, Caboose and Cabin Lanes, Essex Road from Starlight to Kendi’s, Pileated, Towering Pines, Essex Creek, Highline, Junction Circle

Groomed with Snowmobile (1 pass) : Spring Hill (Down Side of Loop), Upper Dickey Loop, 1 mile of Dickey Road, Essex Road to Starlight

 

7:00am Goodest Morning! It is 19 degrees and partly cloudy.  The groomer is out doing his thing. We are forecasted for a high of 37 degrees with a 30% chance of precipitation. With our refresh of snow earlier this week, the trails are in great shape. The Lower portion of Dickey Loop continues to deserves some extra attention paid as you zip downwards. Some brush still exists.

The groomer has headed up Essex Road towards Kendi’s Crossing and plans to groom the loops. We will update as we hear how things are going. We are hoping to get 15km of trail groomed for you enjoyment today.

Skate skiers on Essex Road – Dec 2022

Ski Report 1/10/2023

7:00 AM:

Its a warm (31 degrees), white morning here in Essex. We woke to about 3″ of wet, plaster-like snow. We might or might not be able to groom…stay tuned!

Essex is, as always, beautiful with a little white refresh! The fire is crackling and the restaurant cooking; come visit us if you need a little bit of winter adventure!

9:00AM:

Good news! Our fantastic groomer has reported things are turning out rather nice this morning….

GROOMED

  • Starlight
  • Cabin/Caboose Lane
  • Towering Pines
  • Pileated
  • Essex Road

Ski Report 1/8/2023

10:15 FINAL GROOMING REPORT: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Essex Road, Pileated, Highline (Down side of loop), Essex Creek (Down side of loop), Spring Hill, River Trail, Lower Dickey Loop

8:45am- GROOMED – Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Essex Road, Pileated, Highline (Down side of loop), Essex Creek (Down side of loop), Spring Hill, River Trail

6:30am – OWWWOWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! It is 22 degrees, the grooming is coming out top notch, our temps have remained friendly and the moon is, again, super beautiful this morning. We did not get any snow in the last 24 hours. Skies are partly cloudy. The forecast is calling for a high of 35 degrees and a 40% chance of snow today. At this point, all of our trails have been groomed. Most are in excellent condition. Ski with alertness on the Lower Portion of the Dickey Loop. There is some vegetation to navigate. Grooming Plan for today – Starlight, a loop in the Complex, Dickey area, River Trail.

The River Trail and River Loop are open and in excellent condition.

Check out the lovely ladies to the left jumping for joy!!! It’s because they love the Izaak Walton Inn and the wonderful trails here. ALSO, they are excited about Happy Hour!

Happy Hour is from 3pm to 5pm daily at the Izaak Flagstop Bar. If you show your Season Pass, Day Pass, Room Key or avalanche transceiver you get your first beverage for half price!

CHEERS!

 

Ski Report 1/7/2023

9:00am – IT IS BEAUTIFUL IN ESSEX!!!!! THE SKIS ARE CLEARING. THE SUN IS OUT!

GROOMED AND GORGEOUS: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Essex Road, Junction Circle, Kendi’s Crossing,

Pileated, Towering Pines, Essex Creek, Highline, Upper Dickey Loop, Spring Hill

 

6am – Who howled at the Wolf Micromoon last night besides me???? It’s not too late. Go on out right now and give it a try. The moon is blazing in the sky as I type and it is beautiful!!!

We have continued to be fortunate and temps have stayed below freezing even though we have been forecasted for warmer. Let’s hope the trend continues. It is currently 28 degrees and we are forecasted for a high of 38 degrees and partly sunny. Some sunshine sure would feel nice and the River Trail is a great place to do that! It was in FABULOUS shape as of 4:30pm. Perfect skate skiing conditions and SO FUN! In case you missed it, we opened the River Trail yesterday. Please respect the rules of the trail! Visit the post from 1/6 for details.

Sunset on the River Trail 1/6/23

The Groomer is reporting EXCELLENT corduroy this morning!

Today’s Grooming Plan: Starlight, Caboose and Cabin Lanes, Essex Road, Spring Hill, Pileated, Towering Pines, Highline, Essex Creek, Kendi’s Crossing, Junction Circle

A Micromoon is when the moon at close to or at it’s furthest distance from Earth. It is the opposite of a Supermoon. The current distance between Earth and the moon is about 250,000 miles or 400,000 km. How long would it take you to ski to the moon?

Ski Report 1/6/2023

9:30am – GROOMED : Starlight, Caboose and Cabin Lanes, Spring Hill (Down Side), Lower Dickey Loop***, River Trail, River Loop, Essex Road, Highline (Down Side), Essex Creek (Down Side)

***Lower Dickey is mostly good but parts are a bit rough. The creek is as filled in as much possible at the moment but…it’s a creek. Ski with extra attention

Essex Road

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GROOMED 1/6 – Everything else.

6:15am – Yahooooo! YipYip! Good Morning to Ya! The trails are in fabulous shape for the weekend. We didn’t get the warm temps forecasted yesterday which is great for grooming and skiing. The trails were lightly used yesterday so the groomer is focusing his efforts on the Dickey area and the River Trail. Yep, you read that right…

The River Trail is opening today!!!

Much of the River Trail is on PRIVATE land. We have been granted use of this land with strict and fair expectations from the landowners.

It is very important that trail users respect the rules.

 *NO DOGS OR BIKES ON RIVER TRAIL. Skiers and Snowshoers Only!

 *No Walking on trail without skis or snowshoes.

 *Stay on the Groomed Trail.

 *You are required to have a pass from the Izaak Walton Inn to use this trail.

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Grooming the River Trail

As of this report – GROOMED – Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Spring Hill (Down Side of Loop). In Progress – Lower Dickey Loop then to River Trail

 

Ski Report 1/5/2023

Good Morning!

10:30am – GROOMED – Essex Road, Highline, Essex Creek, Pileated, Towering Pines, Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, Spring Hill, Upper Part of Dickey Loop, Dickey Road only to Upper Dickey Loop

8:30am – GROOMED – Essex Road, Highline, Essex Creek, Pileated, Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes

At 6:30am, it is currently 15 degrees with cloudy skies. The forecast is calling for a high of 36 degrees with cloudy skis and a 30% chance of snow after 11.

The groomer is heading out and plans to start out on Essex Road and Pileated.

Ski Report 1/3/2023

Over-cast skies and 18 degrees here in Essex this morning; our groomer is making a few passes on our trails for folks to come and chase some sunshine!

 

8:00am

GROOMED THIS MORNING:

  • Starlight
  • Essex Road (Upper)
  • Highline (Down)
  • Pileated

Ski Report 1/1/2023

HAPPY 2023!!!!

We are starting the year off right. Even though the temps are warm, the groomer is reporting nice corduroy streaming out of the back of the machine.

10:30am – Grooming Complete! Guests are raving about the trails today.

GROOMED: Starlight (Track Set), Caboose and Cabin Lanes, Spring Hill, All of Essex Road (Track Set), Kendi’s Crossing (Track Set), Pileated (Track Set), Towering Pines (Track Set on Up), Essex Creek Loop (Track Set on Up), Highline (Track Set on Up), Junction Circle, Upper Dickey Portion of Loop (Track Set), Dickey Road to Dickey Lake Trailhead

9:15am – The groomer said things are continuing to come out top notch! We are holding at 31 degrees. GROOMED so far:

Starlight (Track Set), Caboose and Cabin Lanes, Spring Hill, Essex Road to Kendi’s (Track Set), Kendi’s Crossing (Track Set), Pileated (Track Set), Towering Pines (Track Set on Up), Essex Creek Loop (Track Set on Up), Highline (Track Set on Up), Junction Circle, Upper Dickey Portion of Loop

Currently Grooming some of Dickey Road and will head back to the Inn from Dickey Road on Essex Road

6:30am – It is currently 31 degrees on the back porch of the inn. The National Weather Service station for Essex is not currently updating, it hasn’t since 8pm on Dec 30. Not since last year! At the last station update, we were forecasted for a high of 31 and mostly cloudy skies. We received 1 inch of snow in the last 24 hours. Our settled base is around 34 inches.

So far, Starlight and Spring Hill have turned out nicely. The groomer is heading up Essex Road towards Kendi’s Crossing.  If conditions and temperatures permit, we should get most of the trails beautified today!

What do fireworks Drink?

Below: Starlight at 6AM today

Fireworks drink Sparkling Water!

Ski Report 12/31/2022

HAPPY EVE OF THE NEW YEAR! The last day of 2022. Come enjoy it in Essex!

9:00am: Final Report of the Day:

GROOMED: Starlight, Cabin and Caboose Lanes, All of Essex Road, Kendi’s Crossing, Up Side of Highline Loop, Down Side of Essex Creek Loop, Down Side of Towering Pines, Down Side Pileated (pretty chunky), Boy Scout Crossover

7:15am – GROOMED so far: Essex Road, Kendi’s Crossing, Up Side of Highline Loop, Down Side of Essex Creek Loop, Boy Scout Crossover

6:30am – The really good news: We received 3 inches of snow in the last 24 hours! The not as good of news: It is currently 31 degrees and it did not cool down much below 30 during the night. HOWEVER, the groomer is reporting mixed results. Thus far, trails that are less woodsy and more open are coming out pretty darn good. Trails in the denser woods, especially by the creeks, are coming out inconsistent and somewhat chunky. The grooming plans for day have changed. We will update as we get more info.

We are forecasted for a high of 35 degrees with a 40% chance of snow. It looks like we will be getting back to cooler temperatures as the week goes on.

By the way, how do mountains stay warm?

 

They put on their snowcaps!