by Mike Gladish
Skaters take note! It’s always best to skate where trails are most recently groomed. The World Cup 10K, Selwyn’s Loop, 7.5K and Pierre Harvey Trail were groomed with the Pisten Bully on Wednesday night so they are excellent for both classic and skating.
Dog Trail, Copper to Best Chance, Upper Valley, and Powerline were groomed Monday night and they are still excellent for classic but only fair for skating due to hard-packed conditions.
Lower Valley is still excellent for classic. There is some debris and a little frozen overflow.
Tracks in the Beaver Swamp are windblown. Sarah Steele outer loop was packed and tracked Monday and is very good for classic or skating.
The Yukon Championships race courses will be groomed again on Friday night. Copper, Dog and Upper Valley will be groomed Saturday night.
In spring conditions not all trails can be kept in excellent condition at all times.
It’s best to ski the recently groomed trails.
McIntyre Ascent Trail is reported to be skiable.
McIntyre Descent Trail is in good condition but very hard packed.
Experienced skiers only should use the McIntyre loop.
Use Rode super blue in the morning. If the temperature rises to zero, use multigrade violet. Toko green base binder will help to keep grip wax on longer. Ski at least 500 metres to test the grip wax.
Skiers with dogs may use the Stadium trailhead at the south end of the Canada Games Centre parking lot, with the exception of Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while the Yukon Championships race is underway. The alternate lot is open but not maintained. Use at your own risk. Membership, spring pass or a day pass is required to use Dog Trail.
Yukon Championships and Volunteer recognition runs March 31. Start time is 11 a.m.
The Yukon Ski Team celebration is Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Wax Room.
For updated trail conditions and event information call the ski club Information Line 668-7742 or check the website www.xcskiwhitehorse.ca