April 13, 2021

Good Morning Nelson Nordic,

It is nearly the middle of April and we are still skiing, amazing!Conditions at our club are, nearly -5 Celsius and clear skies and calm winds, with no new snow overnight. Predicted daytime highs are +11 Celsius with clear skies to continue.

Alida is grooming today. She has completed Clearwater, including all loops except Wolverine, and Busk/Euphrates main trail is also complete. On the Apex side, Night Loop is complete, and after grooming on the Busk side, the Rail Grade and Cottonwood will be done. Alida tells me it is a bit icy on the first 1 km of Clearwater and the West fork of Busk. She also tells me that she counts upper Clearwater as good and all other trails fair! Thanks Alida!

Our trails are shared with a number of species of wildlife. There is a population of Elk that frequents the area, this also means that predators will be in the area. Recently some cougar tracks were spotted on one of our trails. Leo DeGroot, our board member and local biologist, will sometimes count wolf tracks up Clearwater. Coyotes are common in most areas, and like to den near our Cottonwood trail. And of course in a few weeks Grizzly bears will move into the General Apex area to feed on spring growth. Just be aware that these species are present and know that they are most active at dusk and dawn, dawn being the best time to ski right now.

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