Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday night

The golf course has been groomed for skating, but there are quite a few bare spots to really enjoy skiing.  However the Lodge/Krysilis area has excellent skating trails. 

I will groom both the lake and the road at Pilot Knob State park early Saturday morning.  These areas should have enough snow for great skate and classic skiing. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Drift busting

Pilot Knob State Park.  The lake has been groomed for skating and classic skiing.  The road has been groomed for skating only.

The Lodge/Krysilis has been groomed for skating only.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Windy Day

All of the trails were packed or groomed early this morning after we received about 3" of snow throughout the night.  The goal was to pack the snow down so it doesn't blow away this afternoon.  Then when things settle down it can be finish groomed.

The bad news is that the snow already blew off all the bare spots on the golf course.  Don't know if the golf course will ever have a decent base this year.  However everywhere else that we have been grooming this year looks great.

The good news is that we are going to start grooming the Pilot Knob State Park road this year.  It is holding it's snow well and is a popular place to ski. It was groomed this morning and I enjoyed a very nice skate there this afternoon.  The road is marked for skiing on one side and the other is for snowmobiles, walkers & snowshoes.  Hopefully everyone will adhere to this well marked plan so we can all safely enjoy the park road!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

PIlot Knob

The loop around the lake at Pilot Knob State Park has been groomed this morning for both skating & classic skiing.

I hope to do some packing Sunday morning assuming we get snow.  Packing the snow with the roller will be an attempt to keep the new snow from blowing away during Sunday afternoon's strong winds.  Then when things settle down into the week, the trails can be finish groomed with the Ginzu.

It has been really challenging keeping up with the up & down weather patterns we've been getting!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thursday grooming

Groomed the Lodge/Krysilis area tonight for skating only.

Groomed the lake at Pilot Knob State Park for both skating and classical skiing.  Getting some nice depth on the lake.  Will probably regroom early Saturday morning since we are expecting more snow Friday evening.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Regroomed the Pilot Knob lake

I noticed quite a bit of snow blown on the trail during an early ski this morning.  So the lake has been regroomed this morning with two sets of classic tracks and a nice skating lane down the middle.  Today should be a great day for skiing!  Enjoy!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday grooming

Don't forget the free hot cocoa today at the Bear Creek golf course from 3 to 5pm.  There will be some pretty neat door prizes, including a free nights stay at The Lodge, along with social time. 

We received maybe one inch of pretty white snow this morning.

The golf course has been groomed but does not have a set of classic tracks.  The skate lane is very thin in spots.  Use your rocks skis here.

The Lodge/Krysilis area has been groomed for skating and looks very good.  There is even a small classic track on the north side.  Use your good skis here.

The lake at Pilot Knob has been groomed for both skating and classic and looks to be in excellent shape.  Use your good skis here and smile a lot!


lake at Pilot Knob State Park

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pilot Knob and Lodge groomed

The lake at Pilot Knob State Park has been groomed tonight for both skate and classic style skiing.

The Lodge & Krysilis properties have been groomed for skating style only.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Do you, your family, or your friends want to know more about skiing in Iowa?
Have you been on the Forest City Ski Trail?
Do you want to learn about skiing without standing outside in the cold?

On Saturday, January 18, from 3-5 pm, volunteers and FC Parks and Recreation members will serve hot cocoa at Bear Creek Golf Course.   Check out the Forest City Ski Trail (inside by looking at a map, or outside depending on trail conditions)  and learn more about this fun activity for kids of all ages....   
    learn how to layer clothing and dress appropriately for different ski conditions. (These tips can apply to many types of outdoor fun in cold temperatures.)
   see the difference between ‘skate’ and ‘diagonal’ style cross country skiis
Bring your skiis or your curiosity.
Sign up for door prizes.

Spend an hour or two indoors with friends who enjoy outdoor recreation year round!  No skiis required.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Trail pictures from Pilot Knob State Park


The Lodge

Just got back from skating at the Lodge this morning.  It is in excellent shape for skating!  (There are no tracks for classic skiing here.  Go to the lake at Pilot Knob for some classic tracks.)

If you've never skied this area, I would describe it similar to a roller coaster ride.  It's small with hills and tight corners.  But it also has a small flat loop on the North side for an easier time. This is one of my favorite places to ski!

Pilot Knob lake

The best place to ski in our trail system today is the lake at Pilot Knob.  The track is still in decent shape.  The skate lane has a dusting of snow on it from Friday night but is still ok to skate.  I'll regroom this once we get past today's warm temps.

There is not enough snow on the golf course for grooming but I see some have been skiing there.  The Lodge should still be good for skating.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Groomed Pilot Knob lake

The lake at Pilot Knob State Park has been groomed for both skate and classic style skiing tonight. 

The main trail in Forest City will be groomed when time allows. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Trail pictures

Just a couple of trail condition pictures at the Pilot Knob Lake today.  It was nice to see seven other skiers out on a cold day!

New Year's Day Grooming

The Forest City Ski trail has been groomed for skating this morning.  This is the first grooming and is thin in several spots.  Use your rock skis to avoid damaging the good ones if skating there.  It was too thin to set any classic tracks.

The Lodge/Krysilis area is in very good shape for skating.  I did set a small classic track loop there but it did bottom out in spots.

Pilot Knob lake is in excellent condition for both skating and classic skiing.  It was rolled early this morning then groomed a few hours later.  It has two sets of nice classic tracks with a wide skating lane down the middle.  This is where I'll be skiing this afternoon.  Thanks.

First use of the Ginzu's tracksetter this year.
Krysilis property shown.