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First Ski on the New Trail!

Feli and Donna Iovoni and myself, John Mitchell, were the first to ski the new trial trail from the Dog Loop Junction at County Line , through the woods (some great downhill terrain) around the forest edge to Scales Glad. Well done, GMNC! This run was beautimus and the conditions were perfect – highly recommended!

Looking good!

Everything at Skyway was nicely groomed. Saw the cat heading across Scales Lake road towards Country Line.

Lower Ward – Friday AM, December 30, 2022

There were lots skiers on the lower part of Ward Trail this morning (Friday, Dec. 20, 2022). About 2 to 3 inches of new snow on the packing that had been done yesterday (Dec. 29). The Staircase and Wild backcountry trails were also tracked by skiers and snowshoe trekkers. The packing on Ward made it easy to access some hills, which were much fun this morning. I encountered 2 small, newly downed trees about 1 to 1.5 km from the Ward trailhead, but they were easy to ski around. Photo shows some “earned turns” on “Gretchen’s Hill” in the lower Ward area.

Lost ski

Lost Sun 12/11 Rossi medium 175 Evo cross country ski between Ward trailhead and Mesa Lakes

Lower Ward Area – December 9, 2022

The Ward Trail was nicely groomed by the GMNC today (Dec. 9), and classic track was set in time for the weekend – see attached photo. The 1 ft-plus of new snow on the backcountry trails in the southern part of Ward System has been tracked by skiers and snowshoe trekkers on Staircase, Wild, Finney, and Sheep Trails, the southern part of East Ward Trail, and the Skinned Horse-Overlook Route.

Ward Trail – December 1, 2022

Lots of skiers and snow shoe trekkers were out today on Ward Trail! The Trail was clear of downed trees today. The Ward area is a good option for avoiding crowding at County Line and Skyway during busy weekends! Today, the Ward Trail crossing of the outflow stream from Deep Slough Reservoir was not passable on skis – see attached photo. Hopefully the forecast snow will fix that problem soon. If not, take Deep Slough Trail, which parallels Ward Trail. Deep Slough Trail crosses the Deep Slough Dam and avoids that stream entirely. We saw a few exposed rocks, but we avoided hitting them. Still, rock skis are advised on the early season snow.

What a crew!!

A very nice job on the grooming at county line! The trails are so very nice for November and what a joy y=the crew has created!