Update Friday evening

January 2, 2016

First the Good News.

We have 5 to 6 inches of new snow and it is to continue into tomorrow morning. Four+ miles of trail have been rolled to help establish some base and to help some areas to freeze. Hopefully, with the additional overnight snowfall, we will have limited areas groomed. First thing in the morning we will repost with an update.

Now the Bad News. First… Let’s talk about the pole flickers….

A pole flicker is a small branch 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter and a foot to three feet long. Laying in the trail, the snow collects around them and they accumulate girth to look at least twice as big. If you stop and take the end of your ski pole, you can launch these sticks far off the trail, hence the name, which incidentally we just coined.

Remembering that not too long ago,  we had over twenty volunteers walking the trails and clearing that type of debris. Which by the way, many thanks again to those who helped us. 

With 50+ mph winds reported this week, you would not know that we spent countless hours this fall working on the trails. Ryan and Nick spent the better part of a day just opening the Main Trail. As a point of reference, while grooming tonight after dark, I found a tree has effectively closed Swamp Fox, a project for tomorrow and we are certain there are many more to be found. 

Our first goal is to provide some area to ski. Next is to grab the saws and get busy.