Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Conditions and grooming up date 1/14/14

from Clay:

Hi all,

Sorry it's taken me this long to get this report out.  Lots going on.

Anyway, I did find some help last evening to get out and do something about the new snow.  Club member and Valles Caldera ski director, Hans Hanson graciously stepped up and learned how to run our little "snowcat" and all its complexities.  We started off pulling the groomer, but quickly realized that the new snow, as scant as was/is, had a lot of moisture in it and couldn't be groomed right off the bat.

We could only run the roller over it, but that actually did a fine job in packing and smoothing out all of the damage from sun, heat, tree debris, walkers, etc.  So as of last evening, the skiing looked good, and I gather that we've had probably another inch or two since then, making even better.  It'll likely be nice through the weekend for touring and maybe even OK for some skating.

Keep in mind that it's still very thin, especially down low and on the sun-exposed front hill.  That tropical week with the inversion really did a number on the good conditions over the New Year holiday time.  Not a whole lot more we can do until we get more snow, so go get out there now while the gettin's good.

We'll plan on freshening things up early next week.  I have some of the club grooming equipment and will be heading up to Chama for this weekend's Chama Chile Classic, which should see some absolutely stellar conditions, so come on up for that if you can.  You don't have to race, just bring your skis and have fun.  But, the events are so much low-key fun and you can wear your favorite costume.

Go ski!

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