Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rolled the ski trail

The Forest City ski trail was rolled this evening.  It looks like we received 5 to 6" during the last two days!  I will plan on doing the finish grooming tomorrow morning. 

The roller was used first today because it does a better job of initially packing this light deep snow without pushing snow off the trail.  Letting it set up overnight will produce a more firm snow base to use the Ginzu groomer on tomorrow.  And this results in a better packing of the snow since it will have been gone over twice.  The goal is to have a complete ski trail ready to ski on by the afternoon of New Year's day! 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Groomed the Lodge

The Lodge has been groomed for skating this afternoon.  I skated it tonight and it has good coverage.  I just got back from travelling and was disappointed on how much snow we lost since Christmas!  It looks like we will get some more snow tomorrow though.  Hopefully we'll have some more groomed trails by New Years day.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Lodge.

The Lodge has just been groomed for skating, still no classic track there yet. Enjoy! ....and Merry Christmas!

Pilot Knob Lake groomed

The lake at Pilot Knob has been groomed for both skating & classic style skiing this morning.  I would guess we received about 2" of fresh snow last night. 

I did see a flash of light in the sky?  I'm going to assume it was just the lights from the airport 5 miles away.

Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pilot Knob Lake is in very good shape

Just finished grooming the lake at Pilot Knob State Park.  Both the skating lane and classic tracks look to be in very good condition!  The Ginzu groomer was able to rejuvenate the skating lane very well and the snowmover was working great to make some nice looking tracks.  Enjoy!

Using the snowmover to lay classic tracks on the last pass
A little bit of hoarfrost in the trees.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

First Classic Tracks

The lake at Pilot Knob State Park was rolled and tracked Saturday afternoon.  The classic tracks look to be in fair shape but did go down to the ice in a few spots.  Use the inside set of tracks.  The outside tracks were an experiment with the snowmover and did not work well.  The skating lane should be ok.  This loop is 1.5km. And no hills!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Decent skating

Just finished some night skiing (skating) on the course tonight and was pleasantly surprised!  The snow firmed up very nicely.  While it is a very thin base it still makes for some great skating.  Use old skis if you can.

 And it's nice to have all of the Christmas lights on this time of year.  There are no tracks for classic skiing yet because of low snow conditions.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Packing and grooming

An attempt was made to pack on Tuesday and groom tonight on the Lodge & Krysilis grounds.  But  it is very thin.  And the 3 to 4" of snow that we had on the ground was very dry and probably did not pack very well.  It is only groomed for skating since there is not enough to set tracks.  I did not do anything on the golf course because of the low snow conditions.

The voltage regulator went out on my sled this week so I'll try to get  a new part in and get it installed before the next snow.

The Lodge 12/11/13

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wax clinic in Mason City 12/11/13

Joel Yunek and Robert Polking of North Iowa Nordic will be putting on a ski wax clinic Wednesday Dec. 11th 6pm at Wayne's Ski and Cycle.

"Join Joel & Robert for a quick lesson in prepping your skis for the coming snowy conditions.
Bring your skis and wax them on site. It’s Waxtacular!
Learn to use NEW easy cold wax ski prep!
This one’s for you.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013   6 p.m.
Wayne’s Ski & Cycle"