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Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Black Mountain Groomers Nordic Ski Club is poised and ready to schedule their first meeting, and anyone who is interested is welcome to join us at the first meeting to learn about the club and the upcoming pre season tasks that will be undertaken before the first groomings take place during the snow season.

Please check back with our blog soon, and I will post the meeting day, time and location as soon as that is finalized. Dust off your skis, the season will be here before too long!

Jim Soubly

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Early spring

This may be a bit early for spring, but as of now skiing at Black Mountain is on haitus. If we get snow conditions I will keep this blog posted with new conditions, so check back if any spring snow occurs!

Monday, January 26, 2015

BMNSC Meeting

There will be a meeting January 28, 2015 starting at 6:00PM. The meeting will be held at the Bluffs Resturant and on the agenda is the ski race and trail issues. 
All interested parties should plan on attending. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday Report

Bill A was out skiing today and had the following to say about it.

There is still an amazing amount of snow at Black Mt!  Coverage on the north ridge of Presque Isle side is especially good.  More bare spots to tip toe around on Cheb Co side.   Had a very enjoyable classic ski out there today, with the added bonus of running into Allen Sorgenfrei who was skating like a rocket, and later skiing with Tracy Hardin.  Suggest rock skis, just to be on the safe side.
Happy Easter All! - Bill

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Call it a season !

Well it has been one of the longest grooming seasons.  But it has come to an end.  The equipment was picked up and moved to it's summer storage.  We need some snow on the ground to be able to load the equipment onto a trailer.  So things are thawing quickly at the Buffs so it had to be this week.

There is still plenty of skiing to be had on Black Mountain.  The snow will be there for some time to come.,,

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Grooming Effort

Went out from the Bluffs this a.m., covered those predicted areas mentioned in last night's "What if" tentative report for this a.m.
However, was not able to reset new tracks, so it is just skate lanes that are refreshed with no new tracks set.
Last grooming was this past Wednesday. This a.m., there were no visible signs of anyone having skied classic or skated since then. There were no pole plant impressions along the tracks I set on Wednesday. Nor were there any sign of anyone skatiing since.
So today those same areas have refreshed combed surfaces, but with no new track set.
Had to stop constantly to knock ice balls out of the track drives even at 24 deg, due to yesterday's rain having saturated the trail base with rain water. Also stopped to pick up alot of new wind-blown limbs & tree trash.
Today may have been the last grooming, depending on what happens in the next couple of days.
The snow base is plenty deep, more than I've seen in recent years. Being able to manage that depth in spring conditions in another thing ~
                           Observed several skiers out there enjoying their Spring skiing day.

Grooming Saturday ???

Snow blowing around here for several hours, looking like mid-winter again~
Not sure how today's earlier rain at 33 deg. affected the trails before it turned to snow.
IF it gets & stays cold enough early Saturday  a.m. for the snow pack to support the groomer's weight without Blazer tracks sinking in too deep like it did Wednesday, I'll take another shot at doing some grooming wherever possible. Most areas the snow is still 2 ft deep out there.
Might  try going out the hilly side of Bluffs loop, down to Twin Lakes & back......up the long hill past the Cheboygan shelter, across the ridge  (bypassing the black hill turnouts), do the upper triangle & rollercoaster loops. If it looks possible, will try going down around the Presque Isle shelter, across to #11 & back up to the I did on Wednesday.
All of the above is just  guesswork up for grabs...depending on whether conditions will allow without sinking in or clumping ice balls in that older set of track drives on the Blue Blazer.  If temps actually stay below 27 long enough to get that much done, maybe it will work.
If not, there may be enough new snow for anyone interested to just get out there and ski back in the tracks I set on Wednesday, assuming they'll be visible.  If I can do two laps to include skate lanes & set new track on second pass, will do.
If you go and don't find fresh grooming, that probably means I tried but these Spring conditions didn't allow.
I am not sure how many are still interested in skiing at this point of day-to-day?