With the last 2 days of 19C plus and the temperatures not dipping below zero, there was a significant amount of melt water that accumulated in additions to the slushy spring snow. The team did not groom last night to let the snow cool down and the water leave the snow. We plan to resume grooming as the conditions allow – stay tuned.
In the meantime, the trails are skier tracked and should soften up as the temperatures rise throughout the day.
We continue in spring skiing mode now – expect icy/hard/fast mornings, look for a possible sweet spot of the trails softening to ideal spring conditions as the temperatures bridge onto the plus side, then slushy/wet conditions once temperatures are above about 5C, especially in sun exposed areas, with ice forming in melted areas, particularly in the shade and when temperatures start to cool in the late afternoon and evening. Low spots on the trails have had water accumulation that are either ice or puddles/small lakes depending on time of day and temperature.
Overall, faster/harder trails with areas of ice and glazing. Downhills and uphills icy. Use caution.
Goldstick: Significant ice flows and icy trails. Not Groomable and Not Skiable – Not recommended.
Southloop:Significant ice flows and icy trails. Not Groomable and Not Skiable – Not recommended.
Happy trails from your Edmonton Nordic Grooming Team