The trails have a hard base with a little powder that fell late Saturday afternoon. We went over the skate lane once to level things out. Classic tracks are skiable for the most part with varying quality. The parking lot is drying out some what but still muddy as it warms up during the day.
All trails are groomed, some are track-set. It took three passes to eliminate all the old, criss-crossing classic tracks. There wasn’t enough time or sunshine (to soften the snow) to set track everywhere. Nice, flat surface, tho.
And the bunny rabbits are leaving their snack-wrappers all over. Must be spring, when they get a yen for green.
If you are wondering what the weather is going to be like at the trails, best advice is to go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web site. ( NOAA). There is a location tab to fill in. Type in ” Onion Park” and it will get you the weather conditions that are very close to the trails. There is also an ” Hourly Weather Forcast ” tab to the right of the screen that will get you predicted temps throughout the day. A good tool for your waxing plans for the day.
A Big Thank You to all the racers and families who made the drive up to Silver Crest and raced. Another huge Thank You to all our race Sponsors: Benefis Health System, Benski Towing, Big Horn Outdoor Specialists, Dan Baileys Fly Shop and Gear store in Livingston, Great Falls Clinic, Great Harvest Bakery, Pepsi Great Falls, Sam’s Club, Scheels Sporting Goods, and Wild Montana (formerly Montana Wilderness Association), who donated significant funds and prizes that enabled Silver Crest Trails to host this event! Thanks also to Muddy Dog Timing for making the registration and timing possible, and to the folks who created and coordinated the Montana Cup Nordic Ski Race Series! We had 47 skiers, lots of great prizes, and 4 gallons of delicious Chili that was good to the last drop!
After fabulous conditions Saturday for the races, it snowed three to four inches Saturday night. We re-groomed Sunday so the trails are set for this week if you want to get in some more snow time. Double tracks on many trails and a nice skate lane.
We will be hosting the Silver Crest Nordic Challenge race series Saturday (19th). There will be four distances ranging from a 2km, 5km, 9km and an 18km. Races start at 10am and should be completed no later than noon. All trails will be open to recreational skiers but please watch for racers especially on downhill segments. Silverdyke trail will not be used by racers. We will not groom until Friday evening to be ready for Saturday. Join the crowd and glide along at your own pace with them in the 2km 5km or 9km if you want. Sign up at my.raceresult.com .. All events… Silver Crest Nordic Challenge. Have a great weekend ! Bob
Saturday saw it snowing lightly all day with 3 inches of new snow on top of a hard base. We regroomed Saturday so Sunday should be good conditions. We’re going to turn on the snow making machine early this week with 5 to 8 inches predicted by Wednesday !