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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Bonus skiing continues at Black Mountain, with conditions holding well as of Sunday night. NO bare spots and very little leaf litter. Groomed classic skiing (no skate skiing is possible) is excellent on the beast as well as the outer loop (excluding the roller coasters) which also was snowmobile track groomed by Denny. The best lots to access the groomed trails are Twin Lakes or County Line. The Bluffs trail in and 489 lot trail ins would need trail blazing to connect with the groomed tracks. Conditions should hold until a big warm up or rainfall.

Happy spring skiing!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Bonus spring skiing!

Even though Blackie and Bluey have been put away for the year, Denny was able to groom with the grizzly and snowmobile tracker, and spent several hours white knuckle grooming this past  Friday. There is a solid base and now tracks on the beast for anyone interested in classic skiing. I was out today and it was in great shape - very little leaf litter (some new beach leaves in a few spots) and the snow is very soft off the trail, but the loop is very good classic skiing.

The parking lots have all been plowed at all trail heads, and at the Bluffs and County Road 489 trail heads, even a couple hardy souls skied in the deep snow, blazing their own trails. I do not know how far these skiers went, so I can't say what conditions are in those loops. The Beast is the place to go! Thanks to Denny for grooming this late in the season!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

As another ski season draws to a close, congratulations are in order for all who traversed the mountain this past season, whether recreationally or competitively, or both. Thanks are in order for all the volunteers who donated time for grooming, equipment upkeep, and all who participated and volunteered for the modified March race event this year. Thanks to all who helped John with Nordic Rocks, and those who helped with the meetings and clerical duties. I hope everyone will look forward to our fall Nordic Club meeting, as we will begin preparations for hopefully an even better snowy season in 2018-2019.

Thanks again to everyone and have a great spring and summer!

Jim Soubly

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sunday's thaw at Black Mountain has created icy conditions on the groomed trails throughout the system, so skiers should use caution. There is a few sporadic bare spots and leaf debris, but the system is still doable for careful skiers. The trails are icy fast in most areas. Skiers should avoid the upper P.I. track between posts 18 (by the County Line trailhead)-16. Due to the increased sun exposure in the areas of the DNR clear cuts, the trail has prematurely deteriorated to mostly bare ground. The rest of the system is mostly intact, with more snow depth in the lower P.I. and dense evergreen tracts. The temperatures are predicted to stay below freezing this week.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Black Mountain's entire system was freshly groomed for classic and skate skiing on Friday, March 16, and has excellent conditions for skiing throughout. There is a solid base, and high temperatures are predicted in the mid 30s this weekend and highs in the 20s through next week, so skiing conditions should hold in the excellent range.There is virtually no leaf litter throughout the system. Wildlife tracks and activity are on the increase. Black Mountain has deer, coyote, fox and many different small mammals throughout the system. Beautiful vistas on ridges overlook Lake Huron and Black Lake. Several different evergreen species as well as mixed conifers and hardwoods exist within the system. There are over 30 kilometers of trails. Get out and enjoy the superb conditions before spring weather arrives for good. 

Thanks again to the efforts and extensive time of our Black Mountain Nordic Ski club groomers, especially to Al, Denny, Jim M and John G, for creating the current super skiing!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Classic skiers have been out at the mountain breaking trail, and have laid down a good base of classic ski tracks throughout the system. There is six or more inches of snow on all parts of the system. Denny expertly has also groomed the more challenging "beast" section of the system, with excellent classic and skate skiing available. The weather is calling for temperatures near freezing and snow showers for the next several days. There is a possible warm up predicted for next weekend, so use the extra daylight hours and get out to the mountain this week and take advantage of some good skiing!

Friday, March 9, 2018

About six inches of new snow has fallen at the Mountain, giving skiers some skiing. The trails are too soft currently for grooming, but classic skiing is possible. There is ice underneath the snow, so be careful in spots, but otherwise the conditions are pretty good for classic skiing where prior skiers have cut trails. Should be a good weekend of skiing if conditions stay below freezing. No new significant snow is predicted, and temperatures are predicted just under freezing. Come enjoy the beautiful Black Mountain Recreation Area.

Congratulations to the forty some skiers who braved the mountain last weekend for a 20km skate race! Thanks to all the volunteers from registration to the road crossings to the shovelers who prepared the event, to the entertainment at the Bluffs restaurant, and to Andy Liebner, winner of the event, who also offered tours at his Ski Pole warehouse in the afternoon.