[From golf course head groomer, Dave D.]
There really isn’t enough snow for either skate or classic. There would be enough snow to roll a skate lane, except there is no base. If we roll a skate lane, the base will be less than an inch thick and will be very soft. It takes a minimum of two days from the time it is rolled for the base to set up enough to prevent skate skiing from destroying the track. If we roll a skate lane, people will inevitably skate before the track has set up which will tear through the track all the way to the ground. The base won’t be thick enough to use the Ginzu, so we won’t be able to repair the gouges from skate skiing.
If you see a skate lane there today or tomorrow, your options are to get out there and tear the base up before someone else does, or stay off of it to give it a chance to firm up enough and hope no one else skates there until Saturday to give it a chance to firm up.
When we set classic track, it is cut into the skate lane and requires an additional two inches of base. There isn’t anywhere near enough snow for that.