Although our September skiing at Birch Hill didn’t last long, we have made up for our slightly late start with an abundance of snow in November. The snow cover is so good that the SCUM (Sonot Kkaazoot organizers) skied the south side classical only trails in mid November. Today, we skied the Sonot Connector on piston bully groomed trails and tracks, which our SCUM groomer tells us is a first for this time of year. The packed platform is about 5 inches thick on the inside corners.
The winds accompanying the chinook on Friday removed the snow burdens from the birch and spruce trees lining the trails but the piston bully did a great job of grinding up the ice and mixing it with the abundant power snow.
Early registration for the 29th annual Sonot Kkaazoot is open now. Make the commitment to skiing 50, 40, or 20 km on March 26, 2016, and register online at the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks secure site.
Then get out and enjoy the wonderful trails. Please make sure that you donate what you can to help support our wonderful skiing conditions.