Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Wed. Feb. 21 - Snow gone

Recent warm temperatures have melted all our snow. Trails are closed until further notice.
Trail #3 this morning

Friday, 16 February 2018

Fri. Feb. 16 - Don't ski

Yesterday's warm temperature turned our snow to slush. Now the temperature is dropping below 0, so the trails are very icy. I do NOT recommend skiing in these conditions.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Wed. Feb. 14 - No grooming for a while

Here sits my ATV, on Trail #3 Hockleycrest, near #19 Stonehedge. It won't move (until somebody comes from the repair shop and tows it away!). Sorry folks, but there won't be any grooming until it's repaired again. Conditions right now are a bit icy, but will probably get slushy later today as the temperature rises above 0. Skiing is not the greatest right now.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Tues. Feb. 13

The trails have developed a bit of icy crust on the surface, so they are fast, and a bit tricky in places. I managed to re-groom some of the central trails this afternoon, before the machine died on me. Those that I got done are skiing better.
I would suggest only very good skiers come at the moment.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sunday update

All trails in the south half of the network have been packed this morning. The northern trails are not groomed, and will not be done today, as I'm having mechanical issues with the ATV again. The skiing is very good, on both the packed trails and the "back-country" trails. Around mid-day, we received some additional snow mixed with ice pellets; this amounted to about 2 cm. Precipitation has now ended. The snow pack is still predominantly powdery.

Sunday, Feb. 11 - Back from the North

I have just returned from my week of skiing at Stokely Creek Lodge near Sault Ste. Marie. I know there is new snow on the trails at Hockleycrest, and I will be going out to groom this morning. The photo below was NOT taken at Hockleycrest; it's on the Hakon Lien trail at Stokely Creek.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Sunday, Feb. 4

We received some new snow yesterday afternoon and last night, and are expecting about 5 cm more today. The skiing is getting better every day. I am not on site today, and will not be around over the next week, as I am headed to Stokely Creek Lodge, north of Sault Ste. Marie, for a week of serious skiing in serious snow country. This means there will be no grooming here at Hockleycrest until next Sunday at the earliest, so if you come to ski, it may have a bit of a back-country feeling. Enjoy!