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Discussion: Snow conditions

in: Vermont Ski-O Weekend (Jan 19–21, 2013 - Chester, VT, US)

Jan 16, 2013 5:15 PM # 
Snow coverage was very thin yesterday, but we are getting 4" today.
Ken and I will be making the final call on where races will be held this evening after we see how much snow is on the ground.
Jan 17, 2013 3:02 AM # 
We got the 4" of snow needed and all the trails are covered.
The races will be held as planned.
Jan 17, 2013 3:38 AM # 
Any suggestions on rock skis vs. race skis? Are there many exposed rocks, or did the base of ice do a decent job covering?
Jan 17, 2013 3:47 AM # 
Medium skis. There are no exposed rocks on the trails we will be using, but there may be sticks and grass sticking through on some of the hills.
Jan 17, 2013 11:38 AM # 
The cover is thin as you'd expect, so traffic will scrape it and uncover some spots. I'd use rock skis, if I hadn't given them away to Dan.
Jan 17, 2013 1:25 PM # 
har har har
Jan 17, 2013 1:44 PM # 
Let new snow dry out overnight and groomed everything this morning at day break. 100% cover, but thin. Will let set tonight at 10F and groom again Friday morning. Should be a firm, but not icy surface for skiing Saturday.
Jan 17, 2013 1:59 PM # 
Hey Ken, when you groom are you just packing and not tilling? My daughter wants to ski classic at your place. I imagine you aren't setting tracks but she's ok with that. Just wondering if we're going to need to do hard over klister for her or if all hard wax is safe.

(I have 4 people to wax for, for a 3-day, 3-race trip. One of which is a BK classic/freestyle duathlon, so trying to get as much of the waxing done as I can before leaving home!)
Jan 17, 2013 4:55 PM # 
You're correct, just packing. Not enough snow depth to set tracks.

With a really cold forecast the snow will be slowish and grippy. So hard wax should be okay, unless it gets scraped off and frozen stuff is exposed. Then klister would be good. But otherwise the powder snow we have will ice up. Maybe thin blue klister with hard wax on top?

We'll have waxing area set up in the garage if you want to do all the skis at the last moment.
Jan 17, 2013 5:44 PM # 
Thanks, that helps. And yes, that's what I was thinking. I don't really want to do any last minute waxing if possible, but (I think) this is the only pair that will need kick wax on Saturday so will just save it till we arrive. And yeah, with 2-way ski-O traffic it just takes a few people snow-plowing down a hill to scrape the powder off and expose the crust for the folks who come later and want to stride up it. The WRE crowd is probably all skaters, but the later starters could be a mixed bunch.
Jan 17, 2013 10:49 PM # 
Will there be a good place to watch the Ravens upset the Pats on Sun evening?
Jan 18, 2013 12:33 AM # 
Message for eddie.
Jan 18, 2013 12:52 AM # 
Area Man wishes to watch the game nonetheless. Party at the Weston cabin? I can bring some beer and cheese orbs.

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