Friday, February 15, 2019

Grooming Report #30 More drifting, Rolled and Tracked

All trails have been rolled and tracked. High winds are expected through most of today, so expect drifting. Tracks are getting covered very quick. Trails still remain pretty soft.

The gorge side of St. Urho’s completely drifted over multiple times in the past couple weeks

This photo was taken just 15 minutes after one pass with the roller

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Grooming Report #29 Rolled and Tracked

Today all trails were rolled and tracked. Expect soft trail conditions due to the low density snow we received overnight. There will also be drifting in open areas due to the high winds, but otherwise excellent conditions everywhere.











Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Grooming Report #28 All tracks refreshed!

All trails were re-tracked early this morning. They will not last long with the wind. Expect excellent conditions besides drifting in open areas. We will roll and track all trails tomorrow morning.

Tracks are looking good! But they will not last!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Grooming Report #27 City-side trails Dragged and Tracked!

Today the city-side trails were dragged and tracked for the Barnelopet. Excellent conditions everywhere else as well.

More lanes were added to St. Urho's for the race

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Grooming Report #26 Rolled, Dragged and Tracked!

Today we dragged all trails except for Mud Lake and River Bypass. There was too much drifting on these trails for the drag, so we rolled instead. Tracks have been set on all trails. Excellent conditions.

Seen on Mud Lake Bypass. We dragged the Bypass and rolled Mud Lake

Tracks set up great and trails are quite firm

Friday, February 8, 2019

Grooming Report #25 Double Rolled and Tracked!

All trails were rolled Thursday night and again Friday morning. Tracks have been set on all trails, but they will not last with the wind. The 12"+ of low density snow that we received made trails quite soft. Excellent conditions.

The most drifting we've seen on St. Urho's this year so far

Some drifts were over 4' deep!

Excellent tracks can be found everywhere!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Grooming Report #24 All tracks freshened up!

All tracks were reset early this morning. Trails are a bit firmer than yesterday, but some open areas can still be soft. Excellent conditions. We do not plan to groom Thursday morning due to the large about of snow predicted. If the forecast is accurate we will roll all trails Thursday evening and Friday morning, then set tracks.

Even though there was a bit too much snow for the Ginzu, tracks still look great everywhere

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Grooming Report #23 Rolled and Tracked

Today all trails were rolled and tracked. Tracks set up excellent, but there are some soft areas mostly in open areas. Excellent conditions.


Some drifts were knocked down on St. Urho's loop

Great tracks everywhere!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Grooming Report #22 Dragged and Tracked

Today all trails were dragged and tracked. We rolled the new snow down Thursday afternoon and knocked down most drifts. Today's dragging helped level out all the trails. Tracks set up great, and trails should be fairly firm. Excellent conditions everywhere.




Excellent tracks everywhere

Just about as good as it gets!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Grooming Report #21 Rolled, Dragged and Tracked to Excellent!

Today we rolled all Churning Rapids trails, and dragged all Maasto Hiihto trails. Tracks have been set everywhere. Tracks are getting covered very quick, so the best conditions will be found earlier in the day. No grooming tomorrow (Wednesday) due to the high winds and snow all day.

Trails looked great before the snow and wind picked up

Excellent tracks everywhere, but they will not last

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Grooming Report #20 Cold but Excellent!

Today all trails were rolled and tracked. At -30 windchill this morning we did an abbreviated track pattern, so some areas that are normally double tracked have been single tracked. Excellent conditions.

Some drifting on the gorge edge of St. Urho's loop

Trails will be soft until we drag again, but tracks still set up great

Friday, January 25, 2019

Grooming Report #19 More than predicted, still Excellent!

On Thursday night we rolled down the 8-10"(12"+ in drifted areas) of snow that fell throughout the day. NOAA predicted 4-6" for Thursday and another 1-2" overnight. We rolled down another 3-4" of snow early this morning and set tracks on all trails. We were able to get most of the drifting under control, but plan to smooth the trails out more with the drag in the next couple days. Excellent conditions.

The new snow depth can be seen on the left side of the trail


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Grooming Report #18 More Rolling!

Today we rolled down the 4-5" of new snow that fell since Tuesday afternoon. All trails have also been tracked. Excellent conditions everywhere. Our forecast for Thursday shows very little snow before sunup and 2-4" of snow throughout the day with high winds, so we will not be grooming tomorrow. We plan to groom again early Friday morning.



Excellent tracks throughout the system
 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Grooming Report #17 New snow Rolled and Tracked!

The 3-4" of new snow was rolled down and tracked early this morning. Tracks set up very good, and are all in excellent shape. Trails are also quite firm due to the cold weather. Excellent conditions everywhere.


There was around 3-4" of new snow since we last groomed

Tracks set up great everywhere. Possibly the best conditions so far this year!

Doesn't get much better than this!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Grooming Report #16 Dragged and Tracked

All trails were dragged and tracked early today. Expect open areas to be blown over. Excellent conditions everywhere.



Tracks are firm and in excellent shape

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Grooming Report #15 Dragged and Tracked

Today all trails were dragged and tracked. We managed to get most tracks set after the wind calmed down, so there should not be many snow covered tracks. Trails are also quite firm from the cooler weather. Excellent conditions everywhere.


The couple inches of fresh snow was worked into the base with the drag


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Grooming Report #14 Drug and Tracked

Today all trails were drug and tracked. Excellent conditions everywhere. We do not plan to groom again until more snow arrives. Expect trails to soften up a bit with the warmer temperatures this week.



Seen on the River trail in the gorge. Tracks set up well everywhere.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Grooming Report #13 Drug and Tracked to Excellent!

Early this morning all trails were drug and tracked. We were able to smooth out most drifts from the high winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. All trails are now in excellent condition. Some very minor bumps and areas of low snow remain on Mud Lake, New River trail, and the River trail in the gorge.


The light, powdery snow set up well. 1-2" of snow fell while we were out grooming this morning




Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Grooming Report #12 Rolled and Tracked

Today we rolled around 6" of new snow, and reset tracks everywhere except Mud Lake and the New River trail. Tracks in open areas will be drifted over. Very good conditions everywhere. We plan to smooth out drifts tomorrow with the drag, and reset tracks.



Tracks set up great in most places

There was a little too much snow for the Ginzu, as snow was getting pushed out the sides. This was just rolled an hour before

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Grooming Report #11 Rolled, Drug, and Tracked!

All trails were rolled Monday afternoon after 5" or so of high density snow fell. We got out early Tuesday morning and drug all trails, then set tracks. Tracks set up well, but drifting in open areas may cover them. The west side of Mud Lake is quite bumpy from all the drifting, but we plan to have it smoothed out in the next couple days. Very good to excellent conditions everywhere. We will be out early tomorrow (Wednesday) and either roll or drag, and reset tracks.

The snow was not very deep, but the 5" we received was very dense. Towards the end, our largest tow machine blew a belt

Dragging helped smooth out most of the drifts, but some trails will need more passes

Tracks were setting up well. We finished setting tracks before the temperature dropped below freezing

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Grooming Report #10 Almost Excellent!

Early this morning all trails were drug then tracked. Tracks set up well and trails are still quite firm. We are getting close to excellent conditions everywhere. Mud Lake, the New River trail, and the River trail in the gorge have a couple rough sections still, but should smooth out with just a little more snow. We will not be grooming again until the weather cools off or until more snow arrives.

There were a couple snowmobilers on St. Urho's loop late last night. We have many "no snowmobiling" signs up, but some fail to read them

Sunrise seen by the chalet


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Grooming Report #9 City-side re-tracked

Today the city-side trails were re-tracked as well as River Bypass and the New River trail. The cold weather last night made the trails quite firm. Very good conditions everywhere. We plan to drag and reset tracks early Thursday morning.

The New River trail has some uneven areas, but is improving


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Grooming Report #8 Rolled and Tracked

Today all trails were rolled and then tracked. Expect to find rough areas on Mud Lake, New River trail, and the River trail in the gorge. Trails are a bit soft from the amount of snow and drifting we had. Very good conditions just about everywhere.


There was around 4" of new snow plus some drifting

On the Quincy trail near the snowmobile trail drifts were over 1' deep. This location typically gets drifted over with high winds

The snow was pretty soft and fluffy, but still set up well