Did you ski today?

Stuff that doesnt fit anywhere else.

Moderator: Moderator Group

User avatar
Biffbradford
Ski Forum God
Posts: 1345
Joined: Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:58 am
Location: Milwaukee

Did you ski today?

Postby Biffbradford » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:23 pm

Guess it's about time this thread was started. :-)

The weather folks missed it again by forecasting 36F but in fact it was 29F with small ice pellets falling. :-P My lower back was bugging me so I kept it down to 20 minutes of striding at Minooka Park in Waukesha. Tracks were glazed, skate lane was transformed snow, recently dragged.

Train don't strain!
Cycling pics: http://www.peloton-pix.com Season Wrapup
Skiing Pics: http://www.doublepolepix.com (updated Feb. 8, 2010 Wisconsin Biathlon Fest )
Midwest Cycling News: http://www.PelotonStar.com

User avatar
fishskicanoe
xcskiforum 40K
Posts: 327
Joined: Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:34 pm
Location: Merrill, WI

Postby fishskicanoe » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:03 pm

Skied last night. Just woke up (I work the night shift) and see that the temp has stayed below 30 today, contrary to forecasts. I'll be on snow this weekend.
Snow snow snow!

tundra
xcskiforum 20K
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:00 pm
Location: anchorage AK

Postby tundra » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:03 pm

It's been great. got 4in powder last nite to cover up all the tree debris from the wind. And temp of 22F and new grooming can't be beat.

We haven't had too much snow this year but it's been great nordic skiing. I think they are finally opening the Alpine ski resorts in Alyeska , usually they are open by thanskgiving weekend or week after.

If you're ever in anchorage/matsu valley.
http://www.anchoragenordicski.com/
http://www.matsuski.org/


trail conditions when visiting. Or post conditions in your area, it has michigan as an option :shock:
http://www.crosscountryalaska.org/trails/

NordicSnipe
xcskiforum 20K
Posts: 99
Joined: Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:22 am

Postby NordicSnipe » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:51 pm

Nope :evil: Lot's of grass showing, with about 1-2cm snow covering some patches...

User avatar
Montana
World Cup
Posts: 759
Joined: Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:13 am
Location: Choteau, Montana
Contact:

Postby Montana » Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:24 pm

Yep. Skied 2 hours on the Izaak Walton Inn trails. Got a close up look at a porcupine as I blew by skiing down a frozen granular groomed trail. As my daughter says, "Frightingly fast!!!!!!"

Rain is in the forecast for the weekend but there plenty of snow and skiing will be good.
39th consecutive Birkie in 2019!
Ralph Thornton, Ear Mountain Photography

lkm
xcskiforum 40K
Posts: 203
Joined: Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:50 am
Location: Wisconsin
Contact:

Postby lkm » Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:40 am

Yes. So far I'm happy that the forecasts have been wrong. Keep your fingers crossed. Zero melting so far.

User avatar
enevala
World Cup
Posts: 612
Joined: Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:05 pm
Location: Minne(hoping for some)SnowTa

Postby enevala » Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:04 pm

Got out this morning and skied for a couple of hours before things warmed up too much. Snow was still soft (it didn't freeze hard overnight) w. a nice frosty crust on top. Fast and fun!

User avatar
Biffbradford
Ski Forum God
Posts: 1345
Joined: Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:58 am
Location: Milwaukee

Postby Biffbradford » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:18 pm

I drove about an hour north to the Greenbush USA trails where there was a race today. Just kind of toured around on the classic skis since I had a backpack on filled with 20 lbs of camera gear. I checked out part of the new lighted loop they have now, and also part of a 'classic' only trail - very old school where they put the trail around trees instead of cutting them down. With this type of trail, there is one track set down the middle leaving about 18 inches of packed snow on either side. It got real interesting as I was going down a long hill, turning to the left and snow plowing with my right ski, when the trail suddenly made a sharp right around a tree, and split in between two others! WTF! :shock: Well, with way too much weight on the wrong ski, there was NO WAY I could make that turn with out having tree bark for lunch ... so I bailed. :dontknow: I've been skiing for about 34 years and I don't like to bail, but some times you've got to swallow your pride and hit the dirt! :D

Anyway, it was a good day. There is a TON of snow up there, probably 16 inches on the ground.

Image

The Greenbush trails are very unusual around here because they are up on a high ridge, several hundred feet above the land surrounding it. Because of that it seems to have it's own weather and today that was real evident. At Greenbush it was 24F, cloudy, foggy, with light snow falling. As soon as I drove maybe 5 miles the sun was coming out and it was much warmer. Here at home, 45 miles south of there, it's sunny, 32F, and the snow is melting! Very weird. :D
Cycling pics: http://www.peloton-pix.com Season Wrapup

Skiing Pics: http://www.doublepolepix.com (updated Feb. 8, 2010 Wisconsin Biathlon Fest )

Midwest Cycling News: http://www.PelotonStar.com

MN Hoser
Ski Forum God
Posts: 1140
Joined: Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:26 pm
Location: St. Paul, MN

Postby MN Hoser » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:26 pm

I'm a bit late...on the 15th, I was planning to test some skis on the Birkie Trail, but they shut down the lights for race grooming. I played around in the dark with some Powergrip Purple, but I ironed it in (I don't think you should do that), and it had absolutely no kick. I crayoned in some blue extra and smoothed it with the can, and that kicked. Hmmm. I ironed in Powergrip Green at the TC Champs and that worked. Weird.

Sat was the Seeley race, but I came back later and skied 18 km on the same course (Birkie Trail) with John. Then on Sun I had to leave by 9am, but I started at sunrise and did the same ski again since it was freshly regroomed (I was the first one to ski it). There is nice skiing on the Birkie Trail now.

Jay

User avatar
kaNUK
xcskiforum 40K
Posts: 238
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:44 pm
Location: Tundra Bay

Postby kaNUK » Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:20 pm

Even though we could do with a little more snow, I haven't missed a day since shortly after Christmas. Went out twice yesterday. In the morning coaching Jackrabbits (kids programme), and a headlamp ski in the evening. This morning I squeezed in a hard ski. 60 km in about 3 hrs. I'll feel that one a bit tomorrow.

kaNUK

User avatar
Biffbradford
Ski Forum God
Posts: 1345
Joined: Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:58 am
Location: Milwaukee

Postby Biffbradford » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:21 pm

Sunny, +33F today. Sun was really feeling warm, so I tossed the MTB on the rack and headed over to Minooka Park for an easy ski. Park people are starting prep for the Waukesha Janboree Winter Festival that happens next weekend. Tracks were groomed perfectly. Too bad the body didn't feel so hot. Anyway, I rode around on the park roads first, then skied.

Image
Cycling pics: http://www.peloton-pix.com Season Wrapup

Skiing Pics: http://www.doublepolepix.com (updated Feb. 8, 2010 Wisconsin Biathlon Fest )

Midwest Cycling News: http://www.PelotonStar.com

User avatar
Biffbradford
Ski Forum God
Posts: 1345
Joined: Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:58 am
Location: Milwaukee

Postby Biffbradford » Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:02 pm

Another easy ski preceded by a short bike ride. Nothing major, just enjoying the January sun. :-)
Cycling pics: http://www.peloton-pix.com Season Wrapup

Skiing Pics: http://www.doublepolepix.com (updated Feb. 8, 2010 Wisconsin Biathlon Fest )

Midwest Cycling News: http://www.PelotonStar.com

tundra
xcskiforum 20K
Posts: 77
Joined: Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:00 pm
Location: anchorage AK

Postby tundra » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:07 pm

No grooming on the MUP so it's fast hard packed bumpy condition . Till I hit the APU loop - Russian Jack park which is freshly groomed. 15F and sunny :D

User avatar
kaNUK
xcskiforum 40K
Posts: 238
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:44 pm
Location: Tundra Bay

Postby kaNUK » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:08 pm

I just had the best ski in at least a decade.

It was short, only 12 km or so. The terrain was steep and freshly groomed after a dump of wet heavy snow over the weekend. It was also quite cold (close to -20C) and I had absolutely no glide whatsoever on the skate skis.

It was also very bright, lit by a 3/4 moon reflecting off the fresh snow and the loaded trees. If I'd picked the classic skis it would have been the best ski evar :lol:

I'm plan on heading out tomorrow during daylight; with a camera.

kaNUK

kuan
Ski Forum God
Posts: 1287
Joined: Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:28 am
Location: Golden Valley Minnesota
Contact:

Postby kuan » Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:11 pm

I skied twice today. One hour classic this morning, 1.5 hour skate this evening. :diabloanifire:
Support http://www.mattliebsch.com

Pie. It just fills the cracks of the heart - Paul Blart


Return to “General Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest