Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Pilot Knob Lake

I rolled and leveled a lot of new snow on the lake this morning, then came back with the Ginzu late this afternoon.  I was impressed with how well it set up throughout the day.  It should set up great again for both skate style and classic style skiing.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pilot Knob Lake

The snow was soft this morning, but because of a little bit of freezing drizzle mixed in to the the inch from last night, glide was very good!  Last chance to get out and enjoy the lake today before we get another dumping tonight.  The road is not groomed today.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

PIlot Knob Lake

I rolled Pilot Knob Lake this morning and made a track for classic skiing.  The compactor leaves a skiable deck for skate style but most likely it will be too soft for good skate skiing.  However the lake should be decent for classic style skiing today.

Pilot Knob Lake

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

rolling rolling rolliing

Been busy rolling the last couple of days.  Tuesday night I rolled the snow from Sunday and  Wednesday morning the snow from Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.  It's still snowing and it will be a challenge to keep up with it. 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Fresh snow

We're getting a nice fresh snow.  I took the Ginzu over the lake and road this morning with about 3" of new snow.  But it was still snowing heavily.  I did set new tracks but these might fill in soon if it keeps snowing.  It is so nice to not have big winds to deal with!!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sunny day to ski

It ended up being a beautiful day to ski today thanks to the sun making an appearance.  More snow is on the way.


 Pilot Knob Lake

Bottom of sledding hill

Pilot Knob road

Back to normal

After ordering a replacement switch and installing it, the ginzu is back to normal operation.  Both the lake and the road in Pilot Knob State Park have been groomed this morning for classic and skate style skiing.  The snow is a little chunky thanks to being "wind hardened" this week.

Special thanks to Robert Polking for rolling the road this Thursday when I just couldn't get out.  Rolling is necessary to prep for final grooming.  Thank You!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pilot Knob Lake

Pilot Knob Lake has been groomed this morning for both classic and skate skiing.  It will probably be a bit soft today but it sure looks good. 

I've narrowed the actuator problem down to an electrical issue on the sled's side.  After a little hot wiring the knives on the groomer could be lifted enough for some limited grooming this morning.

The road is not groomed as of yet.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Good snowfall

I was able to pack our new snowfall of about 4 to 5" early Tuesday morning before the winds picked up.  My plans to groom this morning were spoiled with a stuck linear actuator on the Ginzu groomer.  So nothing was accomplished. I'll try to find the time to repair the actuator yet this week and get in some groomings by the weekend. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Great skate skiing

Conditions were great for skating on the lake today!  More snow is on the way Sunday.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Pilot Knob Lake

I took the Ginzu over the lake tonight after packing on Thursday night.  Because of so little snow I was only able to groom a thin skate deck, not enough for setting classic tracks.  Skating conditions should be very good this weekend.  Striders are welcome to ski on the skate deck.

There isn't enough snow on the road to do anything there, but more snow is in the forecast.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Trails in poor shape from meltdown

Last weekend's weather was very rough on our snow.  But thanks to a dusting and some freezing mist the lake was skiable.  It wasn't great skiing but the view was!  Hopefully we'll get some snow Thursday that can be groomed.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

No grooming this weekend

It's too warm to groom this weekend.  It will resume next week when temperatures drop again.  The road tends to get torn up by some of the snowmobilers that don't stay on the correct side of the road.  If that gets bad enough to ruin skiing then the lake should still be in good shape.  The snowmobiles are not allowed there.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Pilot Knob

It was fun skiing at the Knob today and seeing several others out too.  The snow was cold and slow but it was still great to be outdoors again!