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Thanks to this week's lake effect snow, the Glen has good coverage for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and skate skiing.
Looks like winter never settled in to stay in 2012. Our ski season has officially wrapped up with unseasonably warm weather and daffodils starting to bloom. Keep your fingers crossed for a snowy year in 2012-13 so we can get back out and enjoy all the winter delights the Glen has to offer.
These are the dog days of skiing in the Glen, if such a thing is possible. The steady addition of snow in the last week has smothered the freezing rain event of last weekend and the main loop is becoming packed enough for the skaters. The Glen Monster reports that Valley view golf course has been groomed but suffered from the wind stripping exposed areas down to ice. (That is, Valley View is stripped down to ice, not the Glen Monster. Ahem.) If anyone has any idea how she gets this information, enquiring minds need to know...
Chilly tonight, if you're going to ski, keep well covered.
A good base has built up over the last few weeks and all trails are skiable. Today's freezing rain will help consolidate things but make them wet and slippery for a little while. More snow if forecast. The Glen Monster reports that Valley View is groomed, although I've no idea how she know that.
Conditions in the Glens today are stellar! We've had nearly a foot of snow today and the Glen Monster is in her element. With plenty more forecast tonight it looks like we're set up for a while. Get out there!
AND WE'RE BACK!. Thanks to nearly a foot of snow since the weekend the trails are back in and there are still a few fresh tracks to be cut; be quick before the Glen Monitor beats you to them. The ground is still a bit warm and if you go too deep you'll get that stickyness on your bases we all hate, but hey, who's complaining, it's the first week in December. BREIA and all other points north are still officially closed. At last report the Tug still doesn't have as much as we do.
The Glen Monster has been getting around a bit this last week, being seen all over the state, often in quite a state. Most recently, however there have been good reports coming from both the Kirkland Glen (slick powder on top of a rough crust making for fast and furious skiing) and the golf course (same only less crusty)
With the weather settling down to it's usual winter self, there promises to be more good skiing to come.
Oh woe is us. What a warm snap, what a rainstorm. However, we have come through, we have survived and now it's snowing again. The Glen Monster can attest that the uniform layer of ice under this snow is going to make things very tricky for a few days until this snow really sticks together and forms a new layer. Until then, beware.
The GM was seen recently up at BREIA's Jackson Hills area, where the snow is deep and the warming hut, well, warm. Do note that the trail that's supposed to be groomed for skating is not, as some of the GM's friends found out. The Canal Trail is in lovely shape, though.
After the usual morning and afternoon rounds, the Glen Monster decided to go out on a Saturday night, to the bright lights of Utica. Alas the Valley View trails are not groomed. (Yet?) There were some individual classic trails in the snow but definitely no skating possible.
And a Happy New Year to all. The Glen Monster has been off on his travels around the world, in search of the nadir of all Christmas puddings, but is back at long last and reporting for duty.
By now the Glen has been well and truly skied into submission, with a wide, solid pack around the main loops and all other trails well travelled too. The next few days of warm weather will, no doubt, bring some soft patches and the odd post hole, but nothing to send conditions to the Intensive Care Unit.
Happy Trails and Sweet Turns
The Glen Monster
The monitor, a slave to the ski, staggered around the loop this morning and on return claimed it was the loudest 'silent sport' it has ever known, such was the frozen mud and ice. Until the best part of a foot drops and gets packed down, the skiing remains more theoretical than practical. Off to the Breia trails tomorrow.
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Check out the new trail we recently built. It goes from the back of the Glen House, round the Root Glen and joins up with the Kirkland Glen system by Root Parking.
Picture 1. We're putting the deck on the second bridge and piling up dirt to make the on and off ramps. Notice that the footings are covered with ensolite pads to keep the concrete warm while it's setting up.
Picture 2. Moving the beams for the third bridge. They slid easily down the Root Glen path on the planks that were to become the deck. With the steel, pressure treated wood and concrete, this bridge weighs almost a ton!
Picture 3 Bridge 1 in action. I know that it's not really the bridge doing the action, but Sarah, but you know what I mean...