The ABR Trails is open for the weekend but due to warm temps we will be closing this Sunday at 5 PM. We are still grooming the main trails daily in the trails are skiable with thin areas and spring corn snow.
We did not freeze last night but groomed again this morning. the corn spring snow is still skiing fine for spring conditions, a few thin areas and some wet spots to ski around. Very typical for late March, not so typical for mid March, We plan to groom daily through Sunday night and then review the forecast for next week.
We have had some warm temps this week, like other Midwest Ski areas. We even had 2 hours of rain today. What we have had is 165 inches of snow and almost daily grooming with a Pisten Bully so our base is packed and can survive warm temps and some rain. We are still grooming daily, today we groomed 31 km of skate and classic trails. We may not last until the end of March if the warm temps and or rain continues on a daily basis. My guess is we will make it through this weekend and then take a look at the trail and weather forecast to decide the plan.
Super Spring Skiing. We have warm temps during the day and freezing temps at night (NO Rain) and the skiing has been spring skiing with the snow converted to corn snow. This makes Classic skiing with klister and waxless skis fun and skating fun too at the right time of the day; We have been grooming about 25-35 km daily, some at night and some in the morning. If you like it hard and fast 9 AM works well , if you like it slower come a bit later. Ask at the trailhead for conditions before heading out. Since the trails get groomed almost daily the base is packed hard and only softens an inch or so in the warm afternoon sun.
The Spring Sale is on, discounted season passes on sale, ski free the rest of this season when you buy your 2010 pass, 50 % off Rudy’s, 25% off clothing and accessories and wax, Rental touring skis packages $199, Rental skate packages $279 and up, demo race skis 30-50% off!
The Taste of the Trails went off very well today. We filled up the main parking lots with skiers and the vendors. The food was rated excellent, the weather and snow was perfect. A good event had by all. (SKi Conditions: daily grooming and yes The base is still 1 foot or more)