Feb 03 2018

New machine, new groomer, new web site. Whew baby.

Open for skiing and the skiing is really good.

Jon checking out the new groomer.

You are reading the new web site. The new web site is why we went offline for a bit today.

Many of you have seen the insulation and new siding in the shop. We are staying warm and using way less wood. Busy, busy!

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Feb 03 2018

Snow and the New Groomer!! Life is Good


0º this morning and the weather is fine. We have new snow and the skiing is fabulous.

Yes, I know the temperature is on the colder side. But, the snow is good, the skiing is great. Get out your warm clothes, and hand warmers if you need them in your mittens. (See below for dressing warm tips.)

The new groomer is here and on it’s way to working. Arrived yesterday, via Harry who imparted words of knowledge that only come from experience, and is about ready to go. A little more wiring, a few more new holes drilled into the new side by side, fingers crossed and away we go. Just in time for more snow. Chuck in his spare time, added up the forecast snow from Weather Underground for the next week, and the total was 22 inches. Remember that is the forecast, but, if it really happens, you heard it here first. ... 

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Feb 02 2018

SNOW! 3.5 inches of fluffy, beautiful snow!


17º at 7am, and that is the high for the day. 3.5 inches of snow since yesterday morning.

Today’s quote from  our friend May, 81, “Where is everyone? The ski is fabulous!”

I am liking February already. I like snow and cold (or colder) temperatures. I am done with too warm, rain and ice.

Ian is grooming this morning on the snow machine. He is putting 2 tracks on the Turkey, Woodcock, and Snow Goose. He is grooming and putting one track on the Grouse, Goshawk and Lower Blue Jay. And he is packing the Middle and Upper Blue Jay. Check in at “the shop” about the Middle and Upper, just to hear what he had to say after getting them packed. ... 

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Feb 01 2018

Dirty Snow

We’ll call it “off-white”

We’ve definitely got some nasty snow out there. A couple weeks worth of wind and rain have knocked down lots of leaves, bark and pine cones. It looks slightly better after the groomer mixes it a bit. New snow would improve things considerably!

Sometimes pre-winter trail work doesn’t last through the winter. In one of our major rain events, this culvert got plugged with leaves, so the water found another way down: through the snow on the trail. With Jonathan and Helena’s help, we pulled the culvert out, cleared the leaves, reset the culvert and shoveled the trail back in with snow. ... 

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Feb 01 2018

A New Groomer!

The side X side is here. A Polaris Ranger 900 with tracks.

Chuck and Ian have been wanting this for a while. Chuck tells me I can drive it instead of my beloved 4 wheeler and it won’t hurt my hip. I love my 4 wheeler, I hope he isn’t right.

We also have a new groomer coming. This new piece of equipment is what you pull behind the Polaris. A  Yellowstone Track Systems groomer called a ginzu. ... 

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Feb 01 2018

And it’s Snowing!


23º at  7:45am. Forecast high 33º. And snowing. A 1/2 inch of new snow. The NOAA snow prediction for us for today is 1 -3″ inches. Of course we are pulling for the 3″.

The skiing will be really nice. Keep it in perspective. If you skied at the end of Dec. first of Jan. in all the fabulous powder snow. This isn’t that. But the new snow will slow the skiing right down. Still not enough snow for a track, but this is a start. Yesterday, Wednesday we had 30 Stratton Mountain kids and 2 coaches, 6 touring skiers, 30 little club skiers, and 20 Burr and Burton skiers. They all had a really good time and a great ski. ... 

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Jan 31 2018

Snowflakes in the forecast


5º at 7am. Forecast high 23º.

There are snowflakes in the forecast. Doesn’t take much too make me happy! We are wishing for snow. Chuck’s mom always said, “If wishes were fishes” (I googled the rest) we’d all have a fry we’d eat and we’d eat until we would die. Or, the other version, a little more optimistic,  If wishes were fishes, we’d all cast nets... 

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