Best Picture: Meadow Loop “Dry and Cold”
Runner up: North 40 “Wet and Sticky”
Saturday, February 16
Last new snow was on Tuesday between 2 and 4am.
Trails have held their surface condition remarkably well since the last grooming on Tuesday night. There has been no new precip, and no drifting.
The meadow loops are firm, unworn and still in very good skating condition.
The North 40 is generally firm, but icy and slushy in spots, ok for skating but classic skiers are not able to get around comfortably without scales. Reports are that they would like to see classic tracks.
Grooming options are as follows: North 40 trail probably best left alone for the present, needs fresh snow.
Meadows, and Middle Loop have sufficient snow, and are suitable for conditioning, but current trail conditions do not call for it.
It appears that a snowmobile may have run the loop in the past 2 days, if it had a groomer attached, it wasn’t operating correctly.
Map by John Kuijvenhoven
TUESDAY, February 12, 2013 18:54
I groomed twice today, first at 10:30am, and then later at 6:30pm.
The morning grooming went very well, unfortunately it didn’t have time to set, and got badly chewed up right away. I realized that this was happening, so I purposely stayed off the North 40.
This evening the previously groomed loops were quite difficult to condition, the result was an improvement, generally good, but not perfect. The North 40 groomed in very well, and is excellent, all the trails will set up well overnight.
I realize how tempting it is to groom early when there’s new snow, but the best plan is almost always to groom late in the day.
February 9, 2013
Just back from a loop. 4″ new with more in the meadow from wind transport. Not groomed so if you’re into powder skating……otherwise take your nodick gear…
February 4, 2013
2.54 cm of natural overnight
along with 2.54 tons of shoveled snow
(Thanks Terry Dailey)
makes for sweet midday skiing….
for the time being
John Kuijvenhoven reports that he has groomed County Road 5 (past the mailboxes) for 4 miles.
Should be fast.
TOP is getting icy in spots. Best to let it soften and wait for lunch hour ski.
12′ of new snow makes for the best skiing of the year.
(It would be a shame if you happened to be out of town.)
John Kivenjoven ran around the meadow with his snow cat and created some extra wide skating track.
North 40 is in but very soft.
What a difference a day can make.
2″ of rain and 4″ of snow = 6″ of snrain = interesting grooming and challenging waxing
however…three passes of cord should make for some great early (or later) skating
….and the wet Ponderosas are emitting a exceptionally delicious aroma of vanilla today…
Rob Holmes of Ironton Lore was kind enough to run his machine around TOP this afternoon.
He reports that it was quite balmy up there above the inversion and the 3 new inches of snow made for some nice corduroy.
The groomer is going away for a short while:
But: Rob Holmes of Ironton Grooming will fill in for me after every storm.
In the meantime as our pack gets thinner and thinner:
Don’t be afraid to carry a small avy shovel and throw some snow at the bare spots.
Happy New Year From Top Of The Pines !
4″ of new white slippery stuff to make for plenty of smiling faces on the trails.
Skating corduroy all around and classic tracks set in the Meadow.
We’re back in business.
12′ of corduroy for your skating pleasure.
I’ll lay down some classic tracks after the next storm…
Seems there’s always good news/bad news in a groomer’s life.
Good news is that there’s 4″ of new champagne up at TOP to begin celebrating the new year with……..
The Bad news is that the Polaris starter rope broke in two this morning.
So if you get up there early enough you’ll be able to float through…if you wait too long it’s gonna
stick to your skiis.
Hope to get things fixed by tomorrow.
Keep your ears open for a new machine…..it may be time!
Santa left us a present of 8″ Christmas Morning
and since then I’ve packed it down like a Milano Mint-
sweet yet thin…..so get out there and enjoy it before it
BEGINNING OF THE 2012 / 2013 TOP GROOMING CALENDAR
Well Folks….the Mayans may be finished, but the TOP groomer is back at it.
We had about 8″ up there and I ran the Tid Tech around a few times to squash it down.
It’s very thin with occasional rocks kicked up so I’d recommend Priest Creek or Trout Lake if you want to skate.
However if you want to ski around somewhere so as to scrape last year’s wax off your skiis without putting them on a bench TOP may be right for you.
C H Pacal
Managed to unplug the fuel pump on the Polaris w/ a little help from Clint Estes……
so there’s three new passes of corduroy everywhere…
should be as nice as it’s been all year at TOP…
get up there and enjoy!
7″ of new snow at Top of the Pines.
I ran the Polaris around twice just to pack it down…it’s pretty soft for skating.
With another storm brewing on the horizon, I didn’t bother to spend
much time out there, but plan on grooming Friday morning. Should
be good for the weekend. :)
February 25, 2012
Welcome Skating Skirts!
…….an early morning groom for the ladies,,,,
Thanks for the chocolate espresso beans!
February 15, 2012
1.5 inches of new for a nice resurfacing of the North Forty Loop
and classic track set in the Meadow…..thanks to Terry Daly for
shoveling in the thin spots!
3″ new pow pow
2 skating passes around the North 40 and Classic set in the meadow should make for some good fun, sweat, and a good excuse to go to the Colorado Boy!
8″ of new up there.
classic track set in the meadow
skating all around
hopefully it will stay cold enough not to get sticky.
February 3rd, 2012
Ran the Polaris around a couple of times in the pm.
Meadow looks great with 3″ of new..
The North Forty however had groundhogs out with umbrella drinks.
Don’t know what that means….but the snow’s not any deeper.
Keep your speed down on the steep spots!
Saturday Jan. 28 / 2012 9 am
Corduroy and one set of classic set.
Get’s a bit “sticky” mid day.
Best to go before 11 or after 3.
Enjoy..but keep an eye out…
T.O.P. is almost starting to look like a cross
country ski touring area. 4″ new. I madethree passes of corduroy….still a little thin
to drop the classic tracks…maybe next time.
6″ of new powder….with virtually no base.
meadow is windblown w/ icy spots
North 40 trail a bit thin.
Basically survival skiing, but still fun.
Be careful out there.