Bluebird!

Once again, conditions are phenomenal up here.  If you’re reading this and on the fence about coming up to ski, think about this:  The snow will be gone in a few weeks or less.  Some day in July or August, when it’s hot and humid and buggy (use your imagination!) a crisp, slightly cold sunny day skiing on a dusting of fresh powder is going to sound pretty appealing.  Get it in now while you can and store that memory!

Spring is Here! (really?)

Technically, yes.  Looking around, it is very much still winter.  We are 100% open and groomed, the end is not in sight.  Some of the best conditions of the entire year, in fact, with a couple inches of fresh snow on top of a 6″+ SOLID base that is not going anywhere for at least 10 more days.  Come and get it……

Sun and Powder!

Thanks to a couple more inches of powder, it is a great day to cross country ski!  All trails are groomed and it looks great out there!  The rental hut will be open until 5 pm today.

More snow equals more time!

It’s as simple as that, folks. The only question is, how much longer does today’s storm keep us open?  With close to 100% of our trails open, and in good to great condition, the best nordic skiing of the season may be yet to come for us….  I want to note once again our policy concerning trail usage when we are not open: Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other dayany time before we open in the morning, and after we close at the end of the day, you are welcome to park to the side of the driveway, before you reach the gate that may be open but will most likely be closed.  Our facilities are locked at these times, but our groomed trails are available for skiing, snowshoeing, or fat-tire biking.  Please no dogs or humans on foot, ever – we have a stiff foot and a half of snow in a lot of places.  Not only is walking (post-holing, rather) very unpleasant for walking, it makes the intended use of the trails harder.  Greek Peak season’s pass holders (nordic and alpine sides) use is free of charge, other users please deposit $5 per visit in the wooden box to the left of the entrance to our rental building.  Thanks very much for visiting the Nordic Center!

Sun Time, Ski Time

The sun is great out there! Warmer temperatures mean fast skate skiing conditions! Definitely a great day to be out on the trails.

We will be open until dusk, make sure to stop by!

Sunny and Warm

Come up and see us today! Lucky Beech, 911 and the 911 Bypass trails are recently reopened and skiable!  Thanks to Daylight Savings time, it’s now light until around 7pm, so there’s plenty of time for an afternoon ski, snowshoe, or fat-tire bike ride around our groomed trails.

Does it get better than this?

Lovely conditions today at the Nordic Center.  Firm and fast, but not icy, snow conditions on the groomed skate trails and in the classic tracks.  The sun is out and it’s warm… ish.  Led a full moon snowshoe last night – if you don’t know about these, we have all info in the Nordic Center as well as in Hope Lake Lodge.  It’s a two hour snowshoe around our trails, followed by a group dinner in the Lodge.  Lots of fun, the wine and cheese break on the trail is an especially popular moment.  Fyi, we rent snowshoes everyday we’re open for those that want to experience the outdoors in the winter but would rather not cross-country ski.  A little something for everyone, that’s what we’re going for.

Hello, March!!!

Great snow conditions up here at the Nordic Center today!! Come visit and enjoy the nice day!! Within an hour every single pair of adult snowshoes were rented out!! Skiers, come join them! We have moderate snowfall and the temperature outside is about 21 F. Great opportunities to come have a good time with family and friends on this beautiful first day of March!

Goodbye, February

It was more like Fat Tire Fest than Free Heel from the Nordic Center point of view today, though actually only a handful of bicyclists have braved our snowy trails to date.  The snow surface has hardened noticeably during the last week and is floatable by bicycle, the right kind of bicycle that is.  We have 5 fat-tire bikes for rent in a variety of frame sizes and invite people to bring their own.

Warming up for the Weekend

That’s also what the weather is forecast to do.  Right now the snow is very firm and fast, and if you want to beat the crowds and enjoy some cold, sporadic sunshine and an overnight dusting, today’s the day for you.  But also be sure to check out the FreeHeel Festival tomorrow at Greek Peak- a full day of workshops and events centered around Telemark and Nordic skiing, starting at 7am with a skin up the mountain  What is the difference between tele and backcountry, you say?  Well, you will find out these things and so much more at the workshops, including 3 taught at the Nordic Center (crossover alert!) by Yours Trulies.  It’s also a great deal – $25 lift tickets, good all day for lift-served AND the at Nordic Center, $20 workshop fee.  Rentals will also be available.  See the GP website or call the resort for more details.

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