Ski Trail Conditions

March 13, 2017
To All:

Went out this morning to see if I could groom, but yesterdays rain did us in for the season. According to the log we groomed 31 days this year, we also spent several days packing the trails with the snow machines so we could groom, and a couple days clearing brush after that heavy wet snow storm dropped the branches into the trail. Had some good skiing with more folks than ever using the trails, no injuries, and no equipment damage, thanks to Rodger Sorensen and the City we also got a new sign that looks great. Expenses totaled $529.69-donations $226.00 + $500.00 from the City leaving us with $1,970.20 in the account. I do have one more fuel bill coming from the Quick Stop also. When it dries out over there we’ll pick up the wands and move the machines and equipment out of the pavilion. Thanks to everyone for the donations and hard work, hopefully we can do it again next year.
Jack

March 1, 2017
Roger groomed the upper trails this morning they are in good shape. Will probably groom again Friday or Saturday. - Jack

February 26, 2017
Ginzo groomed the upper trails this morning. Cold and breezy causing some drifting but the trails are in mostly good shape. The bottom trails are still flooded. - Jack

February 24, 2017
Thanks Mike for rolling the trails last night they firmed up great. I went out this morning and seeing that you’d rolled them and that we had some new snow decided to groom them, with the hard base they groomed well. I think they look as good as they have all winter. The bottom trails are still flooded I doubt we’ll be able to groom them again this season, but the upper trails look good. -Jack

February 13, 2017
Started grooming the upper trails yesterday, but had a problem with the groomer before I could finish. While working on the groomer the few skiers that were out said the trails even after being groomed were so slick that they couldn’t ski them. The bottom trails are still flooded from the pond overflowing and a plugged culvert on the creek below the pond. We may be better off to suspend grooming until we get some snow.

One of the blue grooming sections on the bottom of the groomer is worn, it pulled loosed and packed with ice forming a plow on the bottom of the groomer. Roger was out there skiing and helped make a repair that should hold for awhile I’ll check with Yellowstone Track about getting some replacement sections to install this spring. - Jack

February 11, 2017
Worked on the ski trails this morning. Got the top trails groomed fair condition, but the bottom trails are CLOSED! The lower pond and the creek below the pond are both flooding, the trail is washed out not sure when we will be able to groom down there again. The upper trails are in fair shape, caution on the water tower hill there are deep pocks from walkers and some areas are icy. Will try to go over the upper trails tomorrow and see if there is anything we can do a bout the flooding on the lower trails. - Jack

January 25, 2017
Trails were rolled today and are in good condition - Rod

January
24, 2017
That storm kind of made a mess of the ski trails. Rod worked on them for several hours yesterday, then Roger and I spent a couple hours today packing them with the snow machines. No groom yet lucky to keep the machines unstuck and out of the drifts. Will try to roll/groom tomorrow if we don’t get another big snow tonight. Conditions are poor today hopefully will be better tomorrow. -Jack

January 20, 2017

Roger ginzo groomed all the trails this morning, they are in good condition but there is or was a pretty good wind blowing up there so some areas will be drifted. I plan to groom again Sunday. - Jack

January 17, 2017
Ginzo groomed all the trails this afternoon, the trails had been heavily used but groomed pretty well considering the cold snow. Conditions mostly good. Lots of people out there, the trails are still kind of soft so they track up quickly and there have been some fat tired bikes on it so watch for ruts. If you notice that the sign is missing, Roger has an idea for a new sign so we are going to Montpelier to check on that tomorrow. - Jack


January 15, 2017

First a big Thank You to Mike, Roger, Jeri, and whoever else helped clear all that brush from the ski trails. I’m honestly impressed and surprised that it’s cleared already!! Roger and I ginzo groomed the upper trails this morning, it was pretty tracked up and drifted. We then took the roller down on the lower trails to roll the section of the Spring Loop after it was cleared. All the trails are in fair to good condition I think. There have been a lot of users out there enjoying the trails the last while, several with out of town/state plates. - Jack

January 12, 2017

Roger and I worked on the trails this morning. The east side of the Spring Loop can’t be groomed due to brush that has been laid down by the snow, we will have to work on clearing it before we can take the groomer through there. All the other trails have been rolled, there is low hanging brush in several places and the trails are still a little rough in spots but at least they are packed down. Trail conditions fair I think. If anyone has some time it’s going to take quite a lot of work to get the brush out of the trails. - Jack

January 8, 2017
As expected there was a lot of drifting after the wind yesterday. I went around all the upper trails with the Yamaha and thought it felt pretty solid so hooked onto the groomer to try to cut down some of the drifts, no good, got stuck in a drift. After digging everything out I tried the roller and was able to roll all the trails, probably fair to good condition but several skiers said the new snow was sticky. Saw Roger while rolling and he went with me for awhile seemed pretty comfortable with everything and rolled some of the lower trails himself so looks like we’ll have some more help after a little more training. I think we better hold off grooming again until this storm is done sounds like we might get quite a lot of snow in the next few days. We can look at it after that.

January 6, 2017

We’ve been fighting cold weather and deep snow problems for a couple of days, but got the trails rolled today. They are in fair condition will try to groom Sunday.

December 28, 2016
The ski trails were still ok, but had some new snow and some drifting so I ginzo groomed them all. I would say they are in good shape now. There has been a lot of skiers using them. Be careful around the lower pond it’s hard to tell where to go but I gave up putting wands there because they end up in the pond anyway. - Jack

December 26, 2016
Rolled all the trails today. Most of the trails are in good condition after that new snow. No problems with the equipment. - Jack

December 21, 2016

Went around all the ski trails this morning, I’m afraid that’s it for grooming until we get a good snow. The hill by the water tower is icy and still some icy ruts at the bottom, the hill on the south end of Billy G’s is rough with hard packed snow, there are some bare spots west and north of the ball diamonds, the canyon north of the bridge and Billy G’s are in pretty good shape. People are skiing but be careful and expect less than great conditions.

No problems with the Yamaha, the ram on the track setter is stuck not sure if the gears are jammed or if it got some rain in it and is frozen have to see if it works when it warms up again. The groomer is still not running level after moving the track setter to center, I’ll try putting a weight on the right side the next time I groom. I may try to groom Saturday morning if we get some snow. Merry Christmas!  -Jack

December 17, 2016
Rolled all the trails this afternoon. There are some ruts from truck traffic, some icy spots and the snow is thin but at least we’ve started. The Yamaha and the roller worked well no problems. I plan to try the groomer in the next few days hopefully we’ll get more snow.   -Jack


February 24, 2016

Jack groomed all the trails this morning, some icy spots on the top trails and some small  bare spots on the spring loop, but they groomed pretty well should be fair to good skiing.

 
February 19, 2016

Jack tried to groom this morning , it was 27 degrees and fresh snow, but it’s  just to slushy underneath. The groomer got stuck and he decided it was better to quit before something broke. If it sets up when we get lower temps he will try again.

 
February 17, 2016

Rod groomed the trails yesterday and they were pretty good skiing in the morning. But this morning there are some hazards we better let people know about. The loader cleaning the road to the pump house left some berms and near bare spots; if you are not confident coming down the hill by the pump house be prepared to remove your skis and walk down and around it. Also the warm weather softened the snow causing walkers to sink ankle deep in the trail. Be cautious on the hill by the water tower, it  was really rough and icy this morning. I don’t think there’s much we can do with the trails as far as grooming unless we get some snow and cold temperatures.

- Jack

 
February 12, 2016

Jack groomed all the trails this morning, we need some new snow but the trails are in pretty good shape just watch out for icy spots early and late.  There were quite a few folks out there this morning.

 
February 10, 2016

Jack groomed all the trails this morning, they are in good shape but some icy spots are forming  from the day time temperature changes. He plans to groom on Friday then he will be out of town for the weekend, the trails should be alright but Rod said he would check them Saturday and groom if needed.

 
February 2, 2016

Michael Nally groomed the upper trails last night, it was hard pack (great ski skating) with packed powder.  Lots of deer traffic, windy but no drifting.

 
January 22, 2016

Jack groomed all the trails this morning, but the wind is blowing hard out there. He packed down and flattened the drifts but it was drifting in behind him. The protected areas should be good skiing but most areas are drifting. If the wind stops he will try to groom again tomorrow.

 
January 19th, 2016

Jack groomed all the trails this morning; the lower temperatures and new snow from yesterday delivered a nice groom. There is a SE wind blowing up there so there may be some drifting this afternoon.

January 17th, 2016

Jack groomed all the trails today, it was a workout and took much longer than usual with 4+” of wet snow.  He tried the roller but it built up too much, so he packed some of it with the machine ,then used the groomer but he had to shovel it out several times. He says the conditions are fair to good.

 
January 10th, 2016

Didn’t see the horses this morning and had some new snow so I groomed all the trails. Still a few rough spots from the horses but the new snow groomed well, I’d say good to excellent conditions. Quite a few folks out there today six cars there when I left.

 
January 9th, 2016
The eight horses that have been loose on Rabbit Hill for the last few days made it down to the trails last night. They grazed along the upper east trail and the water tower hill making a real mess. Jeri and I cleaned the manure piles off the trail this morning but no sense in trying to groom until they can remove the horses. I called the sherriff’s office so when they move them I’ll groom it again.
 
January 7th, 2016
All trails were groomed with the roller and are in good condition.
 
December 29, 2015
Groomed all the trails this afternoon, cold snow but they groomed pretty well mostly good condition I think.
 
December 26, 2015

The trails were groomed this afternoon, they are in good shape. There have been a lot of deer migrating and folks walking off there Christmas excess, but they looked good when Jack was finished.

December 23, 2015

The trails were rolled this morning, however they didn’t groom very well due to build up on the roller it was hard to keep clean. The trails are all packed and there is plenty of snow now. Jack would say they are fair to good condition. Watch by the pump house as the loader left some berms and turned up some dirt, the roller helped but you should be aware of it.

December 21, 2015
Pulled the ginzo groomer around all the trails this afternoon. The snow is getting thin in some spots on the bottom trails, but the majority of the trails are in fair to good shape.

December 17, 2015

Rolled all the trails this afternoon, there is still some foliage popping through on the two north loops but they all look pretty good. Talked to several skiers and all were positive about the snow and trails. Watch out for some bare ground on the road by the pump house, but everything else looks good. Plan to roll again tomorrow afternoon if we get more snow tonight.

December 15, 2015
The trails were rolled yesterday the snow is still thin but OK, the two north loops have grass and brush sticking up but the other trails top and bottom are in pretty good shape and people are skiing them. Jack will continue to roll them as we get more snow.
 
January 19, 2015

Rolled some of the upper trails this morning, they're not in great shape but still folks skiing. Think Snow!

January 14, 2015

Even though the snow is thin and tracked up badly people are still skiing everyday, so after skiing this morning I pulled the roller around the upper ski trails, Billy G's, around the pond and south of the pond. We had a little snow/frost this morning and though the trails are still not in great shape it did help fill in some of the tracks and ruts. Not sure what's happening with the archery shoot out there this weekend hopefully no to much trail damage, but as soon as we get snow we'll do our best to get them smoothed out again.

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January 8, 2015

I'm afraid we will have to curtail grooming for awhile. There is still enough snow on Billy G's and the upper trails south of the pond, but it is getting thinner every day. I'll let you know when we can begin grooming again. For those of you who enjoy ungroomed touring the old ski trails behind the warming hut in Trail canyon have plenty snow.

January 2, 2015

Just finished some grooming, the snow is so thin that I couldn't put the teeth down but hopefully I smoothed out some of the tracks. I did not go out on either of the north loops, I've skied them and they just really need snow. Be careful of the ice on the west side of the ball diamonds, the wind blocked off the creek and it overflowed onto the trail. If we get the predicted snow I will groom Sunday, and Rod and Ron will be grooming next week.

December 29, 2014 

We didn't get much snow from the weekend storm, however we used the ginzo groomer to pack down what we got.  All the trails are in pretty good shape  other than the two north ones which still have some grass sticking up. A few people were out skiing, but the wind made it pretty cold. They will probably  be groomed once more before the weekend. Think Snow!

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Groomed all the trails this afternoon, cold snow but they groomed pretty well mostly good condition I think.

The ski trails were still ok, but had some new snow and some drifting so I ginzo groomed them all. I would say they are in good shape now. There has been a lot of skiers using them.

 

Guys be careful around the lower pond it’s hard to tell where to go  but I gave up putting wands there because they end up in the pond anyway.

Also the Yamaha is running well but the idle sometimes takes a minute to drop down, I tried lowering the idle but then had problems with it dying. If you just tap the throttle when you need it to drop it has been dropping right off.

The track setter must have had ice in it it’s working now. I think I’m going to try moving it from the center to the right side when I get a little ambition. 

Started grooming the upper trails yesterday, but had a problem with the groomer before I could finish. While working on the groomer the few skiers that were out said the trails even after being groomed were so slick that they couldn’t ski them. The bottom trails are still flooded from the pond overflowing and a plugged culvert on the creek below the pond. We may be better off to suspend grooming until we get some snow, let me know your thoughts please.

One of the blue grooming sections on the bottom of the groomer is worn, it pulled loosed and packed with ice forming a plow on the bottom of the groomer. Roger was out there skiing and helped make a repair that should hold for awhile I’ll check with Yellowstone Track about getting some replacement sections to install this spring.

Jack

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