UPDATE: Tree has now been cleared from Busk trail.
We have our Jackrabbits & Bunnies program running at Apex this morning. Please park at the Busk parking lot until noon unless you are associated with the program.
Trails groomed early this morning for skate include Clearwater main trail and all loops, Apex Loop, Night Loop, Cottonwood Rail Grade.
As of 9 a.m., the grooming team is finishing up on Busk Euphrates. Classic track has been set on the Apex side, Clearwater, and is just being finished up on Busk Euphrates.
With minimal snow in the forecast, it looks like a great day for a ski.
Only 2 cm of fresh snow in the last 24 hours has allowed us to get out overnight and widen the tracks in a number of places, particularly on Busk, Euphrates, Clearwater main trail and its side loops, including the Moose Loop.
As of 7:30 a.m., classic track is currently being set on those loops.
Apex Loop and Cottonwood Rail Grade will be groomed next, with tracksettting to follow shortly afterward.
We have our Skills Improvement Clinic on the Apex side from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. today!
Conditions today should be very good to excellent until fresh snow begins to accumulate on the trails. Another 5 to 10 cm is in the forecast for today, so get it while it’s good!
In other promising news, our main grooming machine appears to be almost back in order. Huge thanks are due to Eric Jorgensen and Jordan Zarikoff for troubleshooting and repairing the electrical problems over the last 48 hours. We’re still waiting for a few parts from the manufacturer, which should arrive soon, and we hope to have the machine back in operation sometime next week! 🤞
So much snow! ❄️❄️❄️
As of 8:30 a.m., Apex Loop, Cottonwood Rail Grade, Night Loop, and Busk Euphrates have been groomed for skate skiing. Classic track is currently being set on those trails.
Clearwater main trail is currently being groomed for skate skiing and classic track will be set later this morning.
We are doing our best to pack and groom the fresh snow, but we are limited by the fact that our main grooming machine requires further service.
Last night, we located what we hope is the source of the electrical issue that has been plaguing the auxiliary hydraulic system (blade & tiller functions). The good news is that this is likely a one-off and could not have been foreseen. The bad news is that it is going to take a little more time yet to get it completely resolved.
We appreciate your patience as our teams continue working long hours to fix the problem. We will be grooming with our secondary machine and tracksetting with sled and ginzu in the meantime.
We have received approximately 15 to 20 cm of fresh snow in the last 24 hours.
Our main grooming machine is still under repair but we did manage to get it out packing a bit earlier today. Unfortunately, the tiller is still not functioning properly so our staff and mechanics continue to work to diagnose the problem.
In the meantime, Apex, Night Loop and Cottonwood Rail Grade have been groomed for skate skiing, and classic track will be set on those trails as of about 10 a.m. Keep in mind, with heavy snow falling, we are already seeing significant accumulation on the groomed trails.
Busk Euphrates and Clearwater have not been groomed or trackset since yesterday morning.
With all the recent snow, and more coming throughout the day, it will not be a great day for skiing at Nelson Nordic. We hope to have better grooming conditions and catch up with the snowfall over the next few days. 🙁
Brrrr… it’s still very cold out there. Air temperature this morning is around -13C, and we’ve received 5 cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours.
Clearwater main trail, Busk, Euphrates, and Night Loop were all groomed this morning with our smaller grooming machine. As of 8:30 a.m., classic track is being set with the sled and ginzu. Clearwater will be done first, followed by Busk and Euphrates. Conditions will be fair to good for both classic and skate.
Apex Loop and Cottonwood Rail Grade will be refreshed later with the sled and ginzu if possible.
Our main grooming machine is still out of commission, due to electrical issues, but we did see promising signs yesterday that suggest we may have it back in operation soon.
Stay warm, and happy skiing!