January 27 Update: corduroy and a skiff of new snow!
Corduroy is back and luckily we finally have cold temperatures to help preserve the snow in Calgary. Yaaay for that!!! (happy-dance time!)
All skate lanes have been groomed and we are leaving the track setting as there's now a light dusting of fresh snow on it.
It took 8 hours of volunteer time Tuesday evening to renovate and groom the skate lanes at Shaganappi.
Skiing is awesome on the trails where Shaganappi's managed to keep the snow. Winter's back, so the skiing will be fantastic this week and through the weekend if the weather holds!
Get out on your skis the skiing's awesome, even in the colder temps!
Trails to avoid:
Condo Alley (trail between junctions 6 & 7 ) is not recommended and has barriers up warning folks the skiing is marginal at best. The trail will be icy, and the bottom of the hill has the shale cart path rocks melting through by the sun heating up the rocks, even on these cold days.
Trail between junctions 1 & 2: The snow has been plowed away on part of the ski trail to enable contractor access to the pump house by the Valley 5 green. This trail may not be salvageable unfortunately, not without a LOT of volunteer work moving snow back onto the trail.
Westgate corner: (SW corner of the golf course) Westgate corner is bare and done for the season unless we get a good March snowfall. No point fighting nature on that one. There is a workaround nearby that is skiable that takes skiers down to the straight away from Westgate corner to junction 5 or 6.
Volunteer hours on snow Tuesday night: (total of 12 hours of volunteer effort for the evening)
Volunteer #1: Skate lane grooming: 4, and 0.5 hours breaking and resetting one section of track setting in the driving range (5 or 6 passes to get the snow to the right consistency to set the new track)
Volunteer #2: Skate lane grooming: 3.5 hours
Volunteer #3 mentoring hours: 4.5 hours tutoring the two volunteers on the two drag groomers then guiding/advising them throughout the evening on areas of deep and shallow snow, where to renovate and not renovate to hopefully avoid hitting the grass in the shallower areas!