Had a fun time skiing Pilot Knob Lake while it was snowing today. The lake has been rolled once again tonight after 4 to 5 inches of light fluffy snow earlier today. Plus a set of classic tracks were set around the lake.
We received a good inch of snow this morning. I used the snow mover again to funnel in some more snow over the existing trail, then rolled over it. Will probably start using the Ginzu next to get a much better finish, now that the packed snow is getting deeper.
This is a flat 1.5 km (0.9 mile) loop that is located on the ice going around the perimeter of Pilot Knob Lake. It can be accessed by parking in the sledding hill parking lot and heading south from the warming shed. Or it can be accessed by parking at the far southeast part of the campground (group camping area). The entire lake is less than 2 feet deep so it is a good safe place to ski and is well protected from the wind.
There was only about 1/2" of snow on the Pilot Knob Lake to work with. But by using the snow mover to combine snow I was able to make a ski path Monday that packed pretty well. It was only rolled so it doesn't look pretty, but it skate skied surprisingly well today. And with the possibility of snow Wednesday night, I'm hoping for more to work with. (No classic tracks set yet, but still would be ok for classic skiing)
I took the roller over about a foot of snow this morning on the road through Pilot Knob and at the Lodge. It would be skiable but it will still be soft today and there are no tracks set. Plans are to take the Ginzu over it early Sunday morning to have skating with tracks set. So hopefully skiing will be good by Sunday morning.
I skied for a couple of hours through pilot knob this morning. Conditions were poor to fair for skating on the road. The classic tracks are still intact for now. Sorry to see it melting this early in February.
The 2nd annual Pilot Knob ski race was held yesterday. We had a total of 29 skiers which was up from the 16 last year. The park was in great shape for the race and having temperatures in the 20's made for an all around great day. Thank you to all of the great volunteers that helped direct skiers & bring food and to North Iowa Nordic for contributing to expenses. It was truly a pleasure to be able to ski with all of you at my favorite trail! Jeff
Start on Pilot Knob Lake
Andy O'Brien of Mason City
Todd Juhlin of Iowa City.
Jen Juhlin of Iowa City
Darrin Siefken of Tripoli
More pictures from the race will soon be posted on Facebook "Pilot Knob Ski Race".
The trails for the Pilot Knob Ski race have all been groomed for skating and classic skiing. This includes the road and lake. The lake has some icy spots but is still skiable. The classic tracks on both the lake and road can be anywhere from poor to very good, but skiable. The skating decks all look very good especially on the road.
The race starts at 8:30 am with three different distances, 27 km, 9 km and 4.5 km.
We will also have a 3 lap race around the Pilot Knob lake this Saturday for a total distance of 4.5 km. This will cater to new skiers and kids who don't like to ski hills. This is free for kids. There will not be any awards for this distance but I think every kid should earn a treat for completing it! So the Pilot Knob Ski Race will consist of the following three freestyle races. 27 kilometers 9 kilometers 4.5 kilometers. Freestyle means that you can ski either the skating style or classic style. All races start at 8:30 am.
We still have snow and we are still having Saturday's race. We will be using two Ginzu groomers Friday evening to chew up the hard pack conditions. Looking forward to some good skating conditions. We'll do our best to make some good classic tracks too.
Pictures from today.
Pilot Knob lake race start area. (rolled only, not groomed yet)
Come challenge yourself to ski the hills in beautiful Pilot Knob State Park. This is a great preparation race for the American Birkiebeiner. Enjoy eating lunch in the warming house afterwards. Any profits from this race will go towards the costs of grooming the trails in the park.
February 4, 2017
both races start at 8:30 am
27 km freestyle race.
9 km freestyle race.
Lunch included for racers.
Awards to top 3 overall, male & female each race.
Racer's fee is $15.00.
Family and friends welcome to lunch also(free will donation).
Classic skiers are welcome to join the freestyle race also. At least 90% of the course will be tracked.
Start & finish located at the warming house.
Register day of race only. Please email, text or phone if you plan to attend so as to make sure there will be enough food.
Yesterday the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation sponsored a Winter Fun Day at the Bear Creek Golf Course. Wayne's Ski and Sport of Mason City was there with skis and snowshoes to try out. Fun was had by all!
Max from Wayne's Ski and Sport helping a 3 year old girl ski for the first time!!
The golf course has been groomed for both classic and skate style skiing.
Tomorrow the 28th, Winnebago County Conservation Foundation is holding a Winter Fun Day on the golf course at the clubhouse. Time is 10:00 AM to 11:30 am and is free. Wayne's Ski and Sport from Mason City will have cross country ski and snowshoe equipment to try out. Snacks and warm drinks will be available. It should be a great day to come out and enjoy winter!
The road through Pilot Knob has had the skating lane rejuvenated again this morning. The old classic tracks are still in fairly decent shape. Hope you get a chance to enjoy it today. The forecast this week does not look good for us.
The skating lane has been rejuvenated on the road through Pilot Knob this morning. I made six passes to chew up the hard packed snow and ice, so the snowmobile was working hard! It looks pretty good considering the conditions.
The skating deck was rejuvenated this morning on the Pilot Knob road. The classic tracks were left alone and are still in fair shape most of the way. It should be a good place to ski once things warm up some!