Monday, March 2, 2020. Another Thaw. But, the Loppet was Great!

Mother Nature and Allegany State Park collaborated to give us great conditions last weekend, and the Art Roscoe Loppet was a resounding success.  By Sunday afternoon temps were rising and we are again having a major thaw.  The season was marked by repeated cycles of freeze/thaw, and the lower trails were never more than passable, but ASP did a great job establishing and maintaining base on the upper trails and we had several weekends of good skiing.

The climate scientists tell us that the new normal is that there will be no normal, so we can hope that in future there will be XC skiing here at least some years.  That is as close to optimism as I can manage.

02. March 2020 by Allen Knowles
Categories: Trail Conditions | 7 comments

Comments (7)

  1. I benefited from the lot from reading this article, thank you so much for writing such great article, I will definitely follow your blog and read every article you write.

  2. One more thing. The tracks are about gone so better for light touring gear.

  3. We did Sweet Water and out Ridge to the turns. Very good coverage, packed granular some ice spots but not bad. The great grooming is paying off now as we should have skiing for a while now. Well worth a try. Probably klister would be required.

  4. Amazingly good conditions this morning on Christian and Sweetwater. Only the one spring seep on Christian we had to get around. Still a lot of base there that was just starting to soften up. Should still be enough for decent skiing again tomorrow AM if you can make it!

    As Allen said, these last two winters have been tough for skiing, but if you could run out when conditions were good, it was far better than we had a few years ago where I think I only got to ski about 3 or 4 days and instead trout fished a bunch more than that! Think it was only three winters ago when we still had skiing into early April, so if you don’t need perfection in your ski conditions, we probably have a few more years before you need to sell the skis.

  5. The summit trails made for wonderful skiing today. Sweetwater is in good shape, and Christian Hollow and Leonard Run each have one wet spot but otherwise are smooth skiing. Enjoy the trails this weekend!

  6. I agree with Matt. Checking my training logs, in the past 5 years rollerskiing hours have been 2-3 times more than snow skiing. Living almost two hours from ASP and having low traffic roads right out my door, combined with the inconsistent snow base are factors. Having this website, and the great grooming by ASP certainly maximizes the time I do get to snow ski. Thanks again to ASP for prioritizing grooming when the snow finally comes.

  7. Roller skiing is the future. With some nordic skiing now and then as available.

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