Winter isn’t over yet! It is good news for all of us snow lovers! Currently (6:30am) it is snowing and 0C at the Club. For the rest of today it will likely be clouds, with maybe a little sun, and a chance of snow/showers, depending on the freezing level. Smart people are telling me that the freezing level will stay below the Nordic Club trails for today, which is fantastic news!
Trails groomed and primed for skiing: Busk, without the east fork (which is closed for the season), Euphrates, Camp Busk, Clearwater main with the bypass, Cabin loop, Moose loop, Cottonwood, East half of Apex (west side closed), and the Night loop.
The trails today will have a layer of freshly fallen snow on top of the grooming… plan accordingly! The conditions are good in Busk and Apex area, but our groomer, Mark says that it is pretty awesome up Clearwater
Fact of the Day: Modern skiing has its origins in the county of Telemark in the 19th century, but an ancient rock carving at Rødøy in Nordland county shows that Norwegians used skis as far back as 4,000 years ago. The oldest preserved ski excavated is a 2,300-year old one found in Finnmark in far northern Norway.
The temperature at 6:30am is -3C and no new snow has fallen overnight. The forecast is for a chance of flurries/showers all day with a high of +4C.
The trails groomed for today are: Clearwater main, along with Moose loop and Cabin loop, Cottonwood trail, the Rail grade, Night Loop, Busk, Euphrates and Camp Busk. The East fork on Busk trail remains closed for the season, but is open from the hill onwards.
Trails are generally in good condition for skate and classic.
Conditions are our club, as of 06;45AM, are 0 Celsius and overcast skies, and about 1cm of new snow overnight. Predicted daytime highs are +8 Celsius, with some flurries this morning, with a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon.
Grooming is complete on the Busk/Euphrate main trail and Camp Busk loop. Clearwater is being groomed at the moment with the Bypass, Moose and Cabin loops also complete. Grooming on Apex side should commence shortly, with Cottonwood, Rail-grade and Nightloop.
“Excellence” is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act “rightly” because we are “excellent”, in fact we achieve “excellence” by acting “rightly”. Plato
Conditions at our club, as of 07:15 are, -2 Celsius with overcast skies and light wind. No new snow fell overnight. Predicted day time highs are +9 Celsius with overcast skies to continue.
Busk main trail and Euphrates have been groomed. Eastern Busk and the connector have been closed for the season. This is due to thin coverage. This was effective as of yesterday afternoon. Clearwater is also groomed, as well as Moose and Cabin loops. Wolverine Loop is being deactivated , due to being melted out. Clearwater is in fine condition still. On the Apex side cottonwood and the Rail Grade have been groomed as well as the Night Loop. Apex is being decommissioned, as it is getting thin and has lots of material down on the trail, since the last snowfall is a distant memory.
On this day in 1706, Johann Pachelbel passed away. Pachelbel was a German composer of the early Baroque Period and was a huge influence on J.S. Bach. Pachelbel even composed the music for Bach’s older brother’s wedding. Pachelbel is not as well known as Bach, but everybody, probably have heard his most important composition, Canon in D. It has been in movies and many events and graduation ceremonies. Often the Canon in D is played with accompanying Piano, but Pachelbel probably never saw a piano as he died only 6 years after its invention. Originally it would have been played with a Harpsicord, Organ or Clavier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvNQLJ1_HQ0
Conditions at our club as of 07:08AM are -5 Celsius, clear skies calm winds, and no new snow over night. Predicted day time highs are +11 Celsius with clear skies to continue.
Grooming is ongoing, currently on the Cottonwood trail, which is nearly complete. Clearwater, Busk/Euphrates and the Night loop are complete and Apex will be the last trail completed shortly. Thank you to the groomers, for their hard work and sleepless nights!
Remember the Alamo!
On this day in 1836 the Alamo fell to the Mexican army. 186 defenders, trying to defend the newly born Republic of Texas, that had been carved off from Mexican Territory, fought for 13 days against 3000 Mexican Soldiers. Almost all of the 186 defenders were killed when the Mexican Army took the small Stone Alamo Mission.