Trails & Grooming Update
January 1, 2020
We received a bounty of 25 cm of fresh snow in the last 24hrs and commenced our grooming operations at 4:00 am.
UPDATE: the road in to Busk parking lot has been packed but parking lots have not been plowed. The lots will be plowed tomorrow morning. Please ensure your vehicle has snow tires if you are coming to ski today.
As of 8:30, Clearwater trails have been groomed for classic and skate and are in very good condition. Busk Euphrates also groomed for classic and skate and in excellent condition.
Apex side to be groomed next, and likely complete around 11 a.m.
Please slow down and use caution when skiing near grooming machine in operation. Thank you!
Have a great ski to welcome a new decade!
Fresh snow! We received 2 to 4 cm last night and started our grooming operations at 4:00 a.m., as we are expecting between 10 and 30 cm more over the next 24 hours.
As always, please slow down and use caution when skiing near grooming machines in operation. This is for your own safety and that of our operators.
Clearwater Trails, including Cabin Loop and Wolverine Loop, are in excellent condition for both classic and skate skiing and are beginning to see some light accumulation on the skate lanes.
As of 8:00 a.m., Busk Euphrates is being freshly groomed for both classic and skate skiing.
Apex, Night Loop and Cottonwood Rail Grade will be groomed last, a little later this morning.
Expect accumulation of fresh snow on the trails as the day progresses.
Happy skiing at the end of a decade!
Grooming team out early again today to refresh the skate lanes and classic track on the Clearwater Trails. The trails up Clearwater were in excellent condition yesterday and will be again today. Go get it!
Busk Euphrates, Apex, Night Loop and Rail Grade last groomed on Saturday morning. We simply have not received enough new snow at lower elevations to continue touching up these trails with the snowcat.
We may attempt a refresh with the sled and ginzu, but with the limited base, the ginzu has been pulling up rocks, especially on Busk Euphrates. Classic tracks on those trails remain in reasonably good condition, but the skate lanes will welcome the fresh snow in the forecast today! ❄️
Clearwater trails are the best bet for epic world-class cross-country skiing today!
No fresh snow overnight. Clearwater Trail and Night Loop groomed late last night. Clearwater is in good to excellent condition for classic and skate skiing.
Apex, Cottonwood Rail Grade, and Busk Euphrates are getting quite thin and we will likely not groom these trails again with the snowcat until we receive fresh snowfall. These trails are all in reasonably good condition for classic skiing. Busk is getting a little skied out for skate skiing, but is still in fair condition.
We may be able to refresh the skate lanes a bit with the sled and ginzu today, but that is showing diminishing returns on Busk Euphrates. Thankfully, snow is in the forecast for Tuesday.
Busk Camp Loop remains closed. The grooming team will be working on a washout near the top of the Busk Hill on Sunday afternoon. Please respect trail closure signs and use caution if skiing in proximity to grooming machines.
Clearwater Trails groomed and trackset this morning for classic and skate, and in excellent condition.
Apex, Night Loop, Cottonwood Rail Grade groomed and trackset this morning for classic and skate, and in fair to good condition. Coverage is thin in places on the skate lanes.
As of 7:30 a.m., skate lanes on Busk Euphrates will be touched up next with the ginzu and should be in fair to good condition. The hill on Busk remains closed. We are looking forward to that snow in the forecast.
Finally, our snowshoe trails in the Busk Euphrates area are now open! Snowshoers must remain on designated snowshoe trails except at crossings/junctions. A snowshoeing day pass is $5 per person. Snowshoeing is included with your season’s pass for Nelson Nordic Ski Club!
Happy Skiing & Snowshoeing!