From: Dave Dalthorp
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:44 AM
To: Last Chance Nordic Ski Club <>
Subject: Golf Course Conditions 2/10/21
The skate skiing should be good today. The base of the skate lane has finally set up enough that skate skiing doesn’t destroy it. As usual, it took three days for the base to set up. The base is approximately 1 inch thick overall. It’s thicker in some places and thinner in others. When going over the golf cart paths with the snowmobile, I couldn’t feel the gravel under the skis last night, as I could the previous two nights. The track is very thin by the buildings because someone pushed the snow off there when plowing. Also there was an excavator parked partially on the skate lane last night in that same place.
Classic skiing should be good along the side of the skate lane. However, there is not enough snow to use the track setter to make a groomed track. The track setter needs a few inches of base to make a track suitable for classic skiing because the classic track is nearly three inches deeper than the base of the skate lane. You can do the math. With a one inch thick base, there isn’t enough base to set a classic track with the track setter.
We use a roller and a Ginzu to prepare the skate lane. The roller packs soft snow, whether the snow is freshly fallen or a soft base that has not yet set up. Since the roller merely packs snow, it can be used when there is no base, in addition to when there is new snow on an established base. The roller doesn’t do anything to refresh the track after the base has firmed up over time. That is where the Ginzu comes in. The Ginzu has many dozens of blades that shave the snow, so we can refresh the track by shaving firmer snow. However, there has to be a thick enough base so the Ginzu doesn’t cut down to the grass.
So far, the base at the Golf Course hasn’t been thick enough to use the Ginzu to repair the damage done by dogs or skate skiers, which do a lot more damage to a soft base than dogs. Fortunately, we got enough new snow each day that we could use the roller to repair the damage done to the soft base by skate skiers and dogs. The base is firm enough now to skate ski without tearing all the way through the base and destroying the track. The base may be thick enough now to use the Ginzu, but if so, it is barely thick enough. Have fun!