Cross Country Ski Report – Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Winter has returned! As of 7 AM this morning the temperature was 19F and we were getting some snow showers.

The snow pack has hardened up and with the fresh snow Ginzu groomed into the base skiing today will be a lot of fun.

The Mackinac Cut, Wild Turkey, Rolling Hills, Tall Pines, Trapper’s Cabin, Manitou, Adventure and Blizzard trails all have fresh snow on hard pack. The tracks are still good and with the fresh snow in them they should be quite skiable. Once groomed, the skating lanes will be fast and fun.

Groomer Stu is Ginzu grooming and will continue throughout the morning to mix in the fresh snow into the hard pack. He will start with the Mackinac Cut & Wild Turkey trails and then do the Rolling Hills trail and the rest.

Today: Windy conditions and snow showers. High 27F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 60%

Tonight: Few flurries possible early. Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 14F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph

Thursday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day. High 34F low 25F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s and lows in the upper teens.

New Snow: 1 to 2 inches

Snow Depth in Woods: 4 to 8 inches

Packed Snow Depth on Trails: 4 – 8 inches

Ice, Glaze, Barespots: Hard pack with fresh snow.

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge special is Spicy Chili and Veggie Chili, both served with a warm sourdough roll.

Today would be a great day to try out the Alpina Tracker. Their steel edges really increase your confidence level. The “March Madness, aka Labor Day Sale” is in full swing.

Mark your calendars for the first annual Hanson Hills/XC Ski HQ Paintball Biathlon this weekend! Saturday’s race is at Hanson Hills, and Sunday’s race, awards, and St. Patty’s Day party will be at XC Ski HQ. Don’t miss the fun! More info here: http://www.crosscountryski.com/january-1-31-2013-mcdonalds-discover-michigan-ski-month.html

In the forest the wind is not a big deal!

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