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Craftsbury Daily Ski Report

Snow Depth Thu 27 Nov @ 09:08

Depth at Snow Stake: 8" natural, 4-20" man made

Snowfall Last 24 Hrs: 8"

Kilometers Open Thu 27 Nov @ 08:30

Total: 20 km

Track Set: 1.5 km

Skate Groomed: 20 km

Days open this season: 8

Comments Thu 27 Nov @ 10:49

Happy Thanksgiving! We picked up a nice snowfall last night and have been out since early this morning grooming.

We are packing The Race Loop, Bailey Hazen, Murphy's, Duck Pond, Ruthie's, and other core trails with the snowmachines, getting things frozen down. We plan to groom Sam's tomorrow.

Th snow is soft today and there are some thin spots under the trees, but with colder temps here to stay, things will be firming up and look for faster conditions on the natural snow starting tomorrow.

Our 1.5 km loop of machine made snow continues to be in great shape with up to 20" of base. We have groomed that this morning with the PistenBully and have set track on that as well.

We are giving thanks for many things here today, including this fresh snow, and hope you have a wonderful day!


Events Thu 27 Nov @ 10:49

November 30 - Craftsbury Opener 
We’re excited to invite everyone to the Craftsbury Opener this Sunday, November 30. In a new twist this season, we’re making one change to this traditional early season interval start freestyle race:  we’re asking all competitors to keep their wax to low fluoro or hydrocarbon only – no HF, topcoats, powders, or liquids. 
Read more.

November 28-30 - Jr Thanksgiving Ski Camp
Winter's here! Are you a Middle or High School student looking for a tuneup? From Friday, November 28th to Sunday, November 30th, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center will be hosting a non-residential "Thanksgiving Juniors Ski Camp." Full details on camp and registration.

December 4-7 - Masters Camp 1
In response to the popularity of last year's Masters' Camp, we'll be offering two sessions of instruction this December. This first camp will be geared more toward newer skiers or those who haven't raced before. Find more.

December 6-7 - Demo Days - 9:00am-3:00pm, both days
Join us at Craftsbury for our annual Demo Days event Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, from 9am to 3pm both days. Try out this year's brand new skis, poles, wax, clothing and all the rest of the material that will make your skiing better than ever! Get the full scoop.

December 11-14 - Masters Camp 2
In response to the popularity of last year's Masters' Camp, we'll be offering two sessions of instruction this December. This second one will be aimed more at the master skier who has been competing and wants to get faster. Find more.

December 21 - Indoor Farmer's Market - 12:00-3:00pm
Stop by to pick up local produce, cheeses, meat, pickles, yarn, gift items and more. The market will be held in the new touring center at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, located at 535 Lost Nation Road.

Check out all our events here on our events calendar - or just find fitness opportunities here.

Trail Conditions Thu 27 Nov @ 08:45

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 Nov 27 man made snow, PB groomed
LS Lower Soccer Field 0.7k Nov 27 man made snow, PB groomed
1 Murphy's Field 1.3k Nov 27  
2 Round-a-bit 0.7k Nov 27  
3 Duck Pond 2.9k Nov 27 thin in places
15 Elinor's Trail 2.8k Nov 27  
18 Round-a-lot 0.8k Nov 27  
10 Lemon's Haunt 2.3k Nov 27 man made snow, PB groomed on north half
12 Bailey Hazen 3.7k Nov 27  
11 Race Loop 5.5k Nov 27  
4 Biathlon Trails 1.3k Nov 27  
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 Nov 27  
13a Ruthie's-Sam's Alternate 9.3k CLOSED
16 Max's Pond 2.8k CLOSED
17 Charley's Cabin Out & Back 7.6k CLOSED
14 Sam's Run 8.5k Nov 13 plan to groom tomorrow

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 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 CLOSED
6c Grand Tour Cutoff 13.0k CLOSED
6 Grand Tour 16.7k CLOSED
9 Wylie Hill Trail 9.0k CLOSED
52 To Highland Lodge 19.8k CLOSED
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 CLOSED
NA Short and Long Barr Hill 6.0k CLOSED
NA Easy Rider - Beech Rd 10.0k CLOSED
NA Great Circle 16.0k CLOSED

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