Snow Report

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Craftsbury Daily Ski Report

Snow Depth Wed 16 Apr @ 09:03

Depth at Snow Stake: 14" at the stake

Snowfall Last 24 Hrs: 3"

Kilometers Open Wed 16 Apr @ 11:13

Total: 5 km

Track Set: 4 km

Skate Groomed: 5 km

Days open this season: 147

Comments Wed 16 Apr @ 11:13

9 AM report Wednesday from John B: Lemon's Haunt is skiable, with no bare patches.  Keith (groomer with Pisten Bully) is out packing the 3 inches of fresh snow on top of a mixture of moist granular and gray ice.  Yesterday's warm temperatures left big bare spots on Race Loop and other previously passable trails. You are of course welcome to attempt an adventure ski!  The touring center building will not be staffed this week but we will leave the left side door open for you to come in and put your boots on...if you need assistance of any type please go to the office in the farmhouse.  Hours there are 8:30 to 4:30 Monday thru Saturday. We have really enjoyed our winter season and hope that you have too..and we look forward to seeing some of you over the summer and all of you next year when we will have made the transition into our new energy-efficient and expanded quarters. 

Grooming will be intermittent if at all from this point forward.

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Events Wed 16 Apr @ 11:13

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Trail Conditions Wed 16 Apr @ 11:13

Our daily goal is to deliver the most skiing possible, groomed to the highest standard we can. We have three PistenBully groomers, as well as a selection of snow machines at our disposal - plus a collection of snow-farming implements. In general, trails are groomed and tracked by mid-morning, though that can be pushed back during days of heavy snow or under other circumstances. Unless otherwise noted, always assume groomed also implies tracked.

Core Trails

The core trails are PistenBully groomed pretty much daily by no later than mid-morning. They are most likely to receive extra attention in terms of shoveling, snow-making, snow-farming and other efforts.

Trail Kilometers Groomed Note
US Upper Soccer Field 0.7k Apr 16  
LS Lower Soccer Field 0.7k Apr 12  
1 Murphy's Field 1.3k Apr 7  
2 Round-a-bit 0.7k Apr 12  
3 Duck Pond 2.9k Apr 9  
15 Elinor's Trail 2.8k Apr 6  
18 Round-a-lot 0.8k Apr 12  
10 Lemon's Haunt 2.3k Apr 16 best skiing today
12 Bailey Hazen 3.7k Apr 12  
11 Race Loop 5.5k Apr 16 lots of dirt showing, Some good sections
4 Biathlon Trails 1.3k Mar 30  
Ruthie's/Sam's/Hosmer Point

This group of trails receives the next most frequent attention from our grooming staff. Not quite daily, but pretty darn close most of the season. Outlying trails are more dependent on natural snow, though we frequently plow the surrounding fields to ensure good conditions on these trails. Hosmer Point trails benefit the most from a heavier snowpack, as many trails are on gravel paths, and are open to the wind and sun that can thin the cover. These popular trails are generally ready to go pretty early in the day, but not as early as the Core.

Trail Kilometers Groomed Note
13 Ruthie's Run 8.5k Apr 9  
13a Ruthie's-Sam's Alternate 9.3k Mar 30  
16 Max's Pond 2.8k Mar 28  
17 Charley's Cabin Out & Back 7.6k Mar 30  
14 Sam's Run 8.5k Apr 9  

The lake trails are snow-machine groomed as conditions permit. Given the dynamic situation with the underlying ice, the lakes are some of the most volatile of our trails. Definitely check to confirm the state of the lakes before setting out.

Trail Kilometers Groomed Note
30 Big Hosmer Lake 7.5k CLOSED
7 Little Hosmer Lake 7.2k CLOSED
8 Cabin Trail 2.0k Mar 29 closed
Grand Tour and Beyond

We aim to groom most of these loops once, sometimes 2-3 times per week, depending on conditions and the amount of fresh snow. The PistenBully will generally make a run to Highland Lodge a time or two during the week. These loops are more likely snow machine groomed than trails closer in to the Center - but you'll be surprised what the grooming team can accomplish with the more traditional approach.

Trail Kilometers Groomed Note
5 Village Out & Back 13.6k Apr 6  
6c Grand Tour Cutoff 13.0k Mar 29  
6 Grand Tour 16.7k Apr 4  
9 Wylie Hill Trail 9.0k Mar 29  
52 To Highland Lodge 19.8k Apr 6  
Highland Lodge Trails

With the exception of the Highland Lodge connector, for '13-14 the Highland Lodge Trail system will be classic groomed throughout. The more narrow, less developed trail system fits smaller snow machines and the style and speed of classic skiing better. Craftsbury groomers and volunteers from Greensboro will keep the Lodge trails in shape all winter. The plan is to groom in Greensboro a couple of times a week, depending on traffic at the facility, conditions and snowfall.

Trail Kilometers Groomed Note
NA Patmos 5.0k Mar 30  
NA Short and Long Barr Hill 6.0k Mar 30  
NA Easy Rider - Beech Rd 10.0k Mar 30  
NA Great Circle 16.0k Mar 8  

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