Grooming at Telemark

Why is wet snow a big problem from cross country trail groomers? Have you ever wondered why groves and balls of snow appear in the skate lane, even though there is lots of snow? Click here to download or read an article that explains why.

When the season starts there are processes that must be completed before the trails are opened. Rolling is the first step. Click here to learn more about this grooming task.


Nov. 5.  9 cm of snow, -2 C

Nov.7 @ 9:00 am, 15 cm of snow at the lodge, -2 c

Nov. 8 @ 9:00 am, 19 cm of now at lodge, 0c

Nov. 9 @ 9:00 am, 29 cm at lodge gauge, 0c

Nov. 15 @ 10:30 am, 15 cm at lodge gauge, snowing, -2 c
Nov. 16 @ 10:30 am, 15 cm new snow, 32 cm at lodge gauge, -2 c

Nov. 18 @ 3:30 pm, 4 cm new snow, medium wet snow coming down, 0 C, Low (stadium), medium (Teley and Pano, new spot) and high (High C. and Crystal intersection) 25 cm, 28, cm 33 cm respectfully.

Nov. 19@ 11:15 am, lost snow, wet, low gauge 21 cm, 3 C. Total bummer.

Nov. 20 @ 5:00 pm, -14 c at 9:00 am, creeks and tracks are freezing well, Adam rolled Fern flats, Carol and I think went up high country too, put a snow gauge by Carol and Fern intersection. still 21 cm in stadium. 30 cm at the new gauge. Rodney is picking up 3 containers of gas.

Nov. 21 @ 3:00 pm, -8 C, everything freezing solid, snow is deeper from 1050 M up, Telemark setting well, Eric – It never melted in front of the chalet so the earthworks worked as intented.

Nov. 26 @ 1:00 pm, -1 C, everything is frozen, rolled (2 pass) New Fern, Carol and High Country good snow up there; one pass Easy, Roller Coaster, Stadium Gauge 21 cm, mid station 40 cm, high station, 37 cm, trails under 1060 M and in the sun are frozen solid and needs snow, however more snow on shady trails like Roller Coaster and Easy, even down low.

Nov. 28 @ 1:00 pm,-1c, frozen, webcam working, single pass rolled the following Rabbit, to Telemark on blue hill, the reset of telemark, Panorama to the cut-off and the back side of Panorama. The general story is shaded areas have lots of snow, but sun is bring rocks through, in the open areas. Setting up nicely. Frozen solid. Telemark has no rocks showing and has 4-5 solid hard snow / ice base. Doesn’t need much more snow. Stadium 21 cm, mid south 25 cm.

Nov. 29@ @ 8:30am, – 2c, light snow

Nov. 29 @ 4:00 PM, – 2 C, 1 cm new snow, single rolled Bud’s, Biathlon, Forest, Memory, summer road, blue hill, right Rabbit, not loosing any snow, base is solid, no rocks on memory, summer or Teley. Scott out clearly trails today. Hunters on Panorama, but snow on cougar bluff surprisingly deep.

Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm, -1c, 2cm new snow last night, triple rolled Rabbit, Forest, Biathlon, double rolled stadium track and Memory, snow holding and still frozen solid.

Nov 30 @ 3:30 pm, -2c, snowing, also rolled Squirrel 3 times, single pass Summer and Telemark including the valley.

Dec. 1 @ 2:00 pm, -1 c, snowing medium-heavy, 14 cm new snow, 35 cm at lodge gauge. Roll, roll, roll. Please leave groom gear beside the quansam hut, and not on the tobogoning side of the skidoo shed as a kid could hit it. 40 cm at mid station gauge south

Dec. 2 @ 10:00 am, -5 c, 8 cm new now, 42 cm at lodge gauge, windy.

Dec. 2@ 2:00 PM, -10 C , light snow, Phil rolled this AM, not sure what he rolled, Larry and Rod rolled the inner trails, Scott coming up and will roll Telemark and possible Fern, Larry said all the ruts in Fern Valley are smoothed out, and there is lots of snow. Adam is com ing up to roll too.

Dec. 3 @ 10:00 am, – 9c, sunny, here is what Scott and Adam did on Monday afternoon-night.

Full Telemark is packed ( wide ). Also did stadium, biathlon area, Forest lane, single pass on Memory and south half of Rabbit due to trees down. Adam said he hit the lit half of Rabbit and Fern as well. We cleaned up multiple trees on Tele, but there’s a few hangers still to be dealt with.”

Dec. 12 @ 3:00 PM, 5 cm new snow yesterday, 32 cm lodge gauge, 60 cm middle gauge Carol. yesterday late I triple rolled Fern and Roller C., tonight I guinzu packed all the stadium and biathlon, Scott out rolling Panorama and Memory Lane. Need to Sbe thinking about rolling Carol, High C and Crystal Rim.

Dec. 20 @ 5:30 PM, 9 cm of new snow on top of Thursday AM’s 2 cm. Lodge Gauge 42 cm, 4 x packing rolls of Memory, rolled packed the Stadium and Biathlon with Black Mumba which has no light, and the blue press, Scott rolled Pano, Adrien currently doing High Country and Lower, South  Crystal Rim with old yellow and roller.. New Yellow is going into Banner, Adrien and I will coordinate this , will continue to try to start it, as it and the Guinzu, are parked in front of the office. Phil taking out the Bom in the AM.




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