This past winter won’t go down as one of the better ones as far as conditions. We had that period in January where it thawed, rained, and the trails turned to ice. Thankfully, it was brief.
If you think we had some challenging conditions…I came across this forum for groomers and tracksetters(see map for locations) to discuss equipment and share news about snow conditions. It’s called SnowGroomingTalk. We had already been skiing for two months when this was posted Worst start to the season ever…
A few of the comments:
Dec 31, 2011: “I’ve been working at ski centers, or grooming own trails since 1989. I’ve NEVER seen a season begin like this. ”
Jan 1, 2012: “We are having the second or third driest year EVER ON RECORD in Utah. Mountain temps are in the mid-40′s this week, terrible, shallow mountain snow pack. All the nordic areas below 8,000ft are closed, or marginal. It’s heinous.”
Jan 1, 2012: “well here in Maine we’ve got nothing”
Jan 1, 2012: “Not much in West Central Wisconsin-had a couple inches early in Dec. packed that, then it rained and wiped it out. Nothing since then until New Years Eve night-a paltry inch, not enough to even think about packing. Fat-Bike was out again today. This has been one of the worst starts ever that I can remember.”
There are a couple groomers from Alberta, SledderGlen and Ole Uffda from Ft. Saskatchewan and Camrose giving some info on Alberta conditions, and I even came across a link to my blog from early November, as they were envious of our early snow. The site is interesting to peruse and there are some nice photos, too, from when they had snow on the trails.
Anyway, it’s important to maintain our perspective. We are really privileged and spoiled here.