Summer Home, Campground, and Oxcart are open for skiing. Early season conditions, of course, but initial reports were that it’s pretty good.
Yes, it snowed! We received about 12 inches of great snow overnight, on top of a few inches that we gradually accumulated over the past week. So the answer to the question of the day = soon. Not yet, but soon. Almost all our staff is on vacation this week, and Bob is the sole groomer/plower/shoveler/snow-blower on site. Today was a “digging out” day. The road and driveway are plowed, steps are shoveled, paths have been snow-blown — it’s possible to get to Bearskin now. Next we will concentrate on grooming.
Normally we pack these trails over and over with the snowmobile roller first, to firm up the base, then we go out with the Pisten Bully afterwards to create our beautiful trails. Bob will start in on the trails Friday and see what happens. We will post on Facebook and on here as soon as we have groomed trails ready for you to try. The season has started!
It snows a little every day at Bearskin. Of course, soon we will get the huge snow dump that signifies the true beginning of the season, but meanwhile we seem to get an inch or two on a daily basis.
The first trails to open are always the Summer Home and Campground Trails. Quinn gave it a shot with the groomer a few days ago, but it was too soon. We’ll post on Facebook and on this site as soon as he makes the first successful grooming run. It won’t be long.
“Work Weekend,” Bearskin’s annual ski and snowshoe trail trimming party, was held this past weekend and it was great fun. These groups covered so much ground, and were in high spirits while they did it.
Our trail trimmers attempt to spot the branches that are likely to hang out into the trails and annoy skiers. It’s tricky to do because many of the branches that will be at trail level after we receive tons of snow are 6 or more feet up in the air now. We have a large number of guests who keep this “Work Weekend” tradition every year, so they’ve mastered pine tree nipping.
All of our trails have been mowed at this point, so we’re just waiting for snow. We usually have a few November gales that will send us back out on the trails to clean up fallen tees, but currently the trails look great. We’ve a few inches of snow over the last few days, so Quinn is eagerly waiting for enough snow to accumulate that he can get out and groom Summer Home. We’ll keep you posted. He groomed for the first time last year on November 7th.
Next year’s “Work Weekend” will be held October 30 – November 1. Yes, Halloween weekend. We promise you’ll still get some Halloween candy and if your heart is set on wearing a costume, you are welcome to come to the Saturday dinner in full Halloween dress. The weekend books up fairly far ahead of time, so it’s never too soon to make a reservation. All cabins rent at the same price, $115 person for the full weekend, including the Saturday dinner.
Fun pictures from the weekend.