Ski Report for Wednesday, December 6th

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While the snow is holding up remarkably well considering the lack of base and the warmer daytime temps (there is still snow in the trees!), conditions are fair to marginal.  There are some really good stretches of full snow coverage where, if you let your mind wander, you might think it’s mid-winter. There are also many thin spots, and several bare spots – some you can still ski over and some which must be portaged. We think this kind of skiing is quite good and fun, but we realize that there are folks who would call us crazy for using such words! To us, if you’re going to go play outside (which you should), skiing on these conditions is better than hiking through snow and slush. That’s our take on the matter, but if you’re expecting to ski on long stretches of really nice snow, you may wish to wait until we get some more snowfall to ski… and instead, come shopping!

Luckily, excellent conditions prevail on the practice area, where manmade snow and natural snow combine for really nice conditions – snowcombing and set tracks make it ideal for demos and for technique work on good skis.

Stay tuned for the opening of the Stone Turtle Cafe on Saturday, December 16th! Check out our events below, and head to to browse Christmas gifts. Cheers and keep snow-dancing!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, December 9th, 6:00pm – XC Ski HQ Ski Team Dinner
The HQ team is known for its great camaraderie amongst members, and is very welcoming to new members. If you’re considering racing this season and joining our team, please email Captain Frank Rynalski at for dinner details!

Saturday, December 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 10:30am – Free Beginner Ski Lesson (snow permitting)
Learn the basics of cross country skiing for FREE!

Tuesday, December 26th, 2:00pm – Joe Frye Live!
Kick back and enjoy the musical talents of Nashville-based Joe Frye at the Stone Turtle Cafe. Eat, drink and be merry!

Check out the full event calendar!

All the best,
Mariah, Stu, George, Erin, Missy, Alex, Mitch, Krista and the crew


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