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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Black Mountain received an inch to two inches of new snow on a thin base. There is not enough snow for groomed trails, but classic and skate skiing is possible, and several classic skiers were on the trails today. Temperatures remain well below freezing. The system is covered with fresh snow, except for bare spots between posts 16 and 18, where the southern sky's sunlight is most direct. The rest of the system is easy skiing. If you plan to skate ski, look out for a few small twig branches that have fallen in the recent wind gusts. Temperatures are predicted below freezing all week with flurries to maybe an inch of new snow predicted, so conditions should be conducive to skiing throughout the week.

Jim Soubly

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The race this past weekend had excellent conditions with temperatures below freezing and trails in great shape for both classic ski races on Saturday and the free style skate ski race on Sunday morning. The trails were in great shape all through Sunday, and still good on Monday, with moderating temperatures. However, the rain storms Monday night and current temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s have made skiing conditions poor. Temperatures are supposed to cool off, but currently no new snow is in the forecast. Will update for Black Mountain if the conditions return to conducive skiing. Thanks to all the volunteers and congratulations to all the racers and tour skiers at Black Mountain for another successful event this past weekend!

Jim Soubly

Friday, March 3, 2017

March Into Madness!

Black Mountain received a foot or more of new snow, and the system has been expertly groomed for both classic and skate skiing for this weekend's big March into Madness races, the cross country ski event of the year! Registration takes place at the Bluffs Restaurant, and ski races will begin and end at the Bluffs Trail Head across from the registration headquarters. Racers start time is 10 A.M. Saturday with tour skiing at 10:05 A.M. Sunday's skate race begins at 10 A.M. at the Twin Lakes trail head. Come ski the race or watch the event!  Super ski conditions are predicted, with temperatures below freezing and clear to partly clear skies for a beautiful weekend of cross country skiing! Come out and watch or participate in the event. Join the lunch afterglow at the Bluffs.
 Skiing conditions should be outstanding with temperatures on Saturday from the teens into the twenties, and Sunday moderating temperatures. Take advantage of the conditions, as forecasts are calling for warm ups next week.

Jim Soubly

Saturday, February 25, 2017

New snow

Several inches of new snow has fallen at Black Mountain, so classic and skate skiing is available. Rolled grooming is tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning. Temperatures are currently below freezing with snow flurries, so conditions are currently favorable for good cross country skiing.  Will continue to watch weather conditions this week and update as needed if there are any changes. Come out and enjoy the new snow at Black Mountain!

Jim Soubly

Sunday, February 19, 2017

During the early morning and evening hours, trails are somewhat icy fast to regular with a solid base. There is still snow at Black Mountain currently. Temperatures in the 40s during the day cause the trails to be soft, but still ok for classic skiing, and some areas of the system are still good for skate skiing. Rain is predicted for Monday night into Tuesday, so conditions could deteriorate, so get out and ski before that! Let's hope the rain passes Black Mountain by.

Jim Soubly

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trail conditions are great, groomed for classic and skate skiing throughout the system. A solid base with fresh snow from this past week make for excellent current conditions. Weather is predicted to moderate for this weekend with highs in the 40s, so wax skis appropriately, or come make a morning ski before temperatures get above freezing, or a night ski with headlamps! The setting is beautiful at Black Mt!

Jim Soubly

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Trails were freshly groomed on Friday by members of the Black Mountain Nordic Ski Club. All parking lots are clear, and the new snow with the hard base makes for top notch skiing conditions. The extensive classic and skate skiing trail system has maps and donation information for the non-profit private grooming club at each of the four trail head parking lots. Please check those out when you come out to ski this superb system through hardwoods and pine forests. All trails are marked with mileage segments, rated novice through intermediate and advanced sections. Come out and enjoy this beautiful system of trails!