Grooming Report #3
Jerry and I groomed the Pathway today. We would rate conditions at 8 out 10. We could have used a little more fresh snow to work with in some sections of the Pathway. With all the wind that we have had lately there are quite a few leaves in the track. We groomed the Big Kahuna and the Neiss (between #5 and #8) sections today. We did not groom the bypasses for these two sections, as they are very skiable.
We appreciate the assistance from Dave Mackey and his class.
Jerry and Roger
Grooming Report #2
Jerry and I groomed the Pathway this morning. We had quite a bit of snow to work with and we would rate conditions at 9 out of 10. The snow had a fairly dry texture and that usually brings into question how well it will hold up. The last snow that we groomed was similar in texture and it held up very well. We think the Big Kahuna bypass came out better this time and it includes a suggested adjustment from fellow skier, Dave Foley.
Our thanks to Dave Mackey and his Career Tech students for getting our grooming equipment out and ready to groom.
So, get your cross-country skis out and enjoy this wonderful trail. Roger
Jerry and I groomed the Pathway today. The groomed trail actually turned out very nice. We would probably rate conditions at 8 out 10. We questioned a skier and he said conditions were no less than a 9. The groomer hit a few tree roots, but there seems to be plenty of snow. The snow is fairly dry so it may not hold up real well.
We did not groom the Big Kahuna, but we did groom the alternate path thru this section. We did not get the track exactly right through this alternate path and we should be able to improve that a little next time.
Our thanks to Dave Mackey for his assistance. Dave just happened to be working in his classroom on a snow day.
Grooming Report #6
Scott, Steve, and I groomed the Pathway today. We used two snowmobiles and one groomer. We used a new snowmobile today that was made available between the Cadillac Rotary Club, Bear Claw Epic Mountain Bike Race and Yamaha for our use in grooming the Cadillac Pathway. It is bigger than the one we were using, so, in order to use it, we had to have the trail widened in places.
This trail is a State of Michigan owned trail, so it is very appropriate that Scott Slavin from our DNR accompany us and cut down the trees that were impediments. Scott is a XC skier with XC trail maintenance experience and it was very nice to have him join us on the Pathway today.
There is more to do, but for the duration of this season this is probably all the remodeling that we will do. Steve and I pulled the groomer with the older snow mobile and helped stack brush where needed.
Skiing conditions are probably better than the were, but a 4 out of 10 is probably fair. There is a track in most places, but it is not that deep track that we are accustomed to. I tried skiing the Pathway prior to our grooming and it was way too fast for me. We need some fresh snow to improve conditions.
We would like to thank Dave, Ken, and their students for their efforts in getting two snow mobiles and a groomer out and ready for our use. Steve and Roger
Grooming Report #5
Jerry and I groomed the Pathway this morning. “It may be as good as it gets this year skiers.” We would probably rate conditions at 9 out of 10. It’s still a little thin in the pines at the Clam River end of the trail. I skied those sections with the pine trees and they are pretty good, but they may not hold up quite as well as other sections. We did groom the Big Kahuna and its bypass. We are grooming the Neiss bypass near #5 and we probably will not groom the original section this season. Enjoy.
Our thanks again to Dave, Ken, and their crew for helping us make this happen.
We actually did not groom the Pathway today. We were advised not to as the snow was wet and sticky. Perhaps you can imagine packing wet snow and then having the track freeze tight. We are planning on grooming tomorrow. Check the grooming report tomorrow if you want to see how it turns out. I skied a couple of miles of the ungroomed trail today and I would rate the track at 2 or 3 out of 10. Roger
Grooming Report #3
The XC ski groomers had every intention of grooming early this week however mother nature has gotten in the way. With the colder temps expected today and tomorrow they hope to get out and groom for some fresh tracks this weekend. Stay tuned for further updates.
Happy New Year from the Cadillac Pathway! As you can see we have not groomed in a while due to not enough new snow has been received. Our current equipment sets a 2 inch plus track and with our current base if we groom we would do more damage then good. Who wants to ski in dirt…. right?
We hope to do a fresh groom by early next week. However the trail is still skiable. People are out skiing and keeping it manually groomed. So bundle up, grab those skinny boards, open those heater packs to keep those toes and hands warm and get out and ENJOY! See you on the TRAILS. 🙂
XC Ski Update – Received 1-2 inches of new snow over night. This should help with covering up the pine needles and icy spots. It hasn’t been groomed since Tuesday 12/20 but people are still out skiing and keeping the tracks manually groomed.
Grab your skinny boards and get out and explore our trail system.
Please refrain from walking or snow shoeing on the groomed XC ski trail. Please use the Winter Sports Trail or walk next to the groomed tracks. Let’s make this a trail usable and enjoyable for all.
Monday 12/12/2016 1st groom!
Jerry and I groomed the Pathway this morning. We had six inches of snow in most places and grooming went pretty well. We would rate skiing conditions at 5 or 6 in the pines area (#1, #2, #3, #6, #7) near the Clam River end of the trail system. I skied this section and it went very well as there is a little less snow on this portion of the trail. We would bump skiing conditions up to 7 or 8 in the hardwood portion of the trail. Our groomer hit a few tree roots in this portion of the trail, but there are also some very good stretches of smooth well-defined track. There are a few places on the trail where the snow is a little yellow and that is a result of the warm earth under the snow. Those sections were not icy today.