Thanks to all who were able to help rake the road through Pilot Knob today. There were many, many sticks blown down. After 3 hours of raking I'm guessing none of us will want to look at a rake for a long time!
The road was groomed for skating and tracked for classic. The classic tracks are a poor in spots, but not bad considering everything.
Did a lap through the park with the Ginzu last night. The snow survived the rainy day just fine and will eventually be good with some renovation with the Ginzu. But unfortunately because of the 50 mph winds there was a terrible amount of sticks down including a large tree blocking most of the road. I would not recommend sking at the knob.
The golf course still has a track for classic skiing but does go down to the grass in spots. The golf course is still "skiable" but is just in poor shape.
Plus, the steering arm on the snowmobile is broken, I'll have to order and install a new part before any more grooming.
The road through Pilot Knob State Park has been groomed for both skating and classic skiing. It looks like the tracks get a little shallow once in awhile so a little fresh snow Friday will help that out. The skating deck looks great. Hope you get a chance to ski before the Christmas day meltdown!
Doing some pre-season preparation last week, the ski season is hopefully coming soon. The roller required some welding after breaking off the U-bolt hitch at the end of last year. Thanks to Chris Bienert for being willing to weld a new and larger U-bolt on for us!
We ended up with super weather and trails full of snow for our race this weekend. We had 16 skiers ski through the park starting with a lap on the lake, going up the sledding hill to do four laps on the road, then coming down the sledding hill to finish with another lap on the lake. Total race distance was 27 km. This was a freestyle race where most used the skate style of skiing but I believe we had four using the classic style.
Thanks to North Iowa Nordic(http://northiowanordic.com/) for donating buffs to the racers. Thanks to Brian Voss and Rod White for standing out there for hours helping direct skiers. Thanks to Eric Rust for helping groom this 10" dumping of snow just a few days before. Thanks to all of the people who brought food to share. And thanks to all of the racers for giving this race a shot!
For more pictures see our facebook page under "pilot knob ski race".
The road and lake have just been groomed for both classic and skate style skiing. There will be a race taking place throughout the park from 8:30 to about 11 AM. Race headquarters is at the warming shed next to the sledding hill. Should be a great weekend for skiing!
The lake at Pilot Knob has been groomed for both classic and skating. The road has been rolled again this morning and gone over with the leveling drag tonight. The snow will probably take a couple days to set up nicely.
27 km & 9 km freestyle race distances
Awards for top 3 overall male & female
All racers receive a buff from North Iowa Nordic
Lunch provided for racers & volunteers
Meet at the warming shed in Pilot Knob State Park
The golf course has been groomed for classic skiing only. The Lodge and MAJOPA areas have been groomed for skate skiing only. Due to time constraints I could not groom for both styles throughout the entire trail. It looks like the grooming went quite well and I look forward to trying it out.
If you would like to help groom please contact me!
The skating deck on the road through Pilot Knob has been rejuvenated this morning while the classic tracks were still decent. Also the loop on Pilot Knob lake has been groomed for skating but no classic tracks were set.
The road through Pilot Knob State Park has been groomed this morning for both classic and skate style skiing. Thanks to a good base and the snow we received Friday morning it looks to be in very good shape.
Pilot Knob has just been groomed for both classic and skate skiing and it looks really good. Because it was still snowing and blowing I'll probably hit it again Saturday morning. Will wait to groom golf course once the weather settles down a little.