Cross Country Ski Report – Friday, March 29th, 2013

The sun is out and warm on our faces, but it is making bare spots on the Manitou, Tall Pines, and the extension of the Rolling Hills trails.

There is still a lot of snow in the woods and on most of the trails. It just where the hits directly that causes the problems!

Groomer Stu has Ginzu groomed the Mackinac Cut, Wild Turkey, Trapper’s Cabin, Adventure and Rolling Hills trails this morning.

Today: Abundant sunshine. High near 45F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Mainly clear skies. Low around 25F. Winds light and variable.

Saturday: Sunny skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. High 51F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday night: Overcast with showers at times. Low around 35F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday: Morning showers. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in ! the mid 20s.

New Snow: 0 inches

Snow Depth in Woods: 7 to 14 inches

Packed Snow Depth on Trails: 1-6 inches

Ice, Glaze, Barespots: Some bare spots on Tall Pines and on Manitou and Rolling Hills extension. Tracks and trailhead are icy until the temps rise.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Chef’s special is a Tuna, spinach and Provolone Panini made with Stone House bread. The menu also includes a number of other sandwiches and Paninis made with locally baked Stone House bread. Also Famous Spicy Chili and Veggie Chili will both be served with a warm sourdough roll.

Join us Saturday for Yodel for your Lunch, Ski Free & Time Trials!

As a grand finale for the season, the trails will be open for free skiing tomorrow, March 30th. At minimum we will groom the Rolling Hills, Mackinaw Cut, Wild Turkey, and Adventure trails, which still have an impressive amount of snow on them. For those with a competitive spirit, we will also hold time trials on the Rolling Hills trail from 10:00am – 1:00pm! Each participant in the Rolling Hills Time Trial will receive fun giveaways from The North Face, Brooks, Hot Chillys, and Gu, and the male and female winners will get a Real Men Ski Uphill or Real Women Ski Uphill t-shirt. Skiers will be timed by professional timer Stu Colie, and they can do as many Time Trials as they want, whenever they want between 10:00am and 1:00pm.

We will also host a barbeque on the sun deck and we invite you skiers and non-skiers alike to Yodel for your Lunch! Give us the best yodel you’ve got, and help yourself to grilled Italian Sausage or Koegel Viennas with chips and veggies. Better start practicing… Best Yodeler wins a special prize!

Bring your sunscreen and enjoy the sundeck after skiing and lunch!

Lynne, Bob, Fran, Stu, Mariah, Brian, Erin, Michelle, Sara, Matt, Abby, Hope, Bob, Jimmy Mac, Garrett, Gage, Jennie and the rest of the crew.