Trail Conditions/Grooming Report

Thur Jan 17, 2019

Our Blackwater Board President has been working tirelessly to get the details ironed out so we can get back to grooming at the Fairgrounds. But for the moment we are still NOT sking there. The grooming team is making preparations to groom up at Gould Hill Orchard with the big snow arriving this weekend.  We look forward to grooming up there again - its been a few years since the snow conditions have been inviting enough for us to do that. Thanks to Tim Basset and family at GHO for welcoming us at this beautiful site. Skiers - we'll let you know when we've got things groomed and ready for you - watch for news here and on our Facebook page. Remember it can take a day (or so) for snow to settle and groomers to pack and groom what sounds like a lot of snow coming our way. /Groomer Sasquatch/

Sun Jan 6, 2019

January and still no snow? So we wait, and wait and wait...  Maybe best for the present as the Fairgrounds are still closed while we implement requirements of the Fairgrounds Board. We're confident it will be resolved soon. Then, LET IT SNOW!!

Wed Dec. 26, 2018

Its the day after Christmas and it appears that Santa did not bring the Fairgrounds grooming team what we were most hoping for.  More snow.  So we wait. And trust that you all are enjoying this holiday time with family and friends.  /Groomer Sasquatch/

Tuesday December 18, 2018

PLEASE NO SKIING AT THE FAIRGROUNDS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  The Blackwater Nordic Ski Club Board of Directors is working to quickly resolve an insurance issue and until that happens we have been asked to NOT USE the Fairgrounds for nordic ski activities. We anticipate a quick resolution to the situation and will post notices here and at the Fairgrounds when we're all cleared for skiing again.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.  /Groomer Sasquatch/ on behalf of the Blackwater Nordic Board.    

Friday December 14, 2018

Fairgrounds trails were groomed EARLY this morning.  The snow has been holding up well and getting a LOT of use from the HMHS Nordic Teams and younger BKL skiers.  No sking on the big hill or back 40 as the snow is too thin or nonexistent there.  But elsewhere the reports are that skiing is pretty good.  We're SO GLAD that the temps have been cold enough to provide this early season skiing.  However we're not optimistic for the next few days as temps move above freezing and some rain showers move in.  We'll hope for more snow but until then....ski the Fairgrounds today while its stll cold.  /Groomer Sasquatch/

Saturday December 8, 2018

Fairgrounds trails were groomed late this afternoon as dusk was coming on. Only the front section - no grooming in back 40 or on the big hill until we get more snow.  But the conditions on the rest of the front are pretty good. Hard and fast for sure. It groomed up nicely after a lot of use Friday from the Nordic teams and BKL skiers.  Hoping for more snow soon but we're very grateful for what we've got.  Ski it while we can!!!!  /Groomer Sasquatach/

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Fairgrounds trails were groomed this morning.  You'll find the front half much better than the "back 40".  Avoid the big hill also.  So, yes, skiing is limited and the conditions are hard and fast. But we've got snow and skiing at the Fairgrounds and that's amazing !! Expect the high school Nordic Team to be out skiing from 3-5. Enjoy the day. /Groomer Sasquatch/

Tuesday December 4, 2018

YES there is skiable snow at the Fairgrounds.  Trails were groomed this morning by Groomer Sasquatch and Coach Rothe.  It takes a lot of time to work this hard frozen white stuff into a reasonably skiable surface.  We need more snow but we have some surprisingly okay conditions out there at the moment.  You may wish to AVOID the big hill and the northern cut-through to the back 40 due to VERY thin cover (rocks and ground exposed).  But otherwise you'll find some okay skiing at the Fairgrounds. The nordic teams and BKL group will be out after school so there will be lots of actiivity then.  Otherwise, get out there and enjoy the sunshine and snow.

Sunday December 2, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for today but it doesn't look as if we'll get much snow. Some ice mostly followed by rain. That's NOT much help for our early season ski conditions at the Fairgrounds. Conditions are currently less than ideal. Fingers crossed that the snow cover will hold. Maybe Tuesday morning when its cold again we groom it a little and try to make it skiable. We'll see what happens and keep ya'll posted.  /Groomer Sasquatch/

Saturday, November 24, 2018:

Fairgrounds were grommed this morning before the temperature warmed up.  Still some great skiing out there.  There are a few thin spots on the "island" trails, but all the main trails are solid and fast for skate skiing.  Get out and enjoy these awesome "fall" conditions before the rain comes in.
Coach Rob

Friday, November 23, 2018:

Fairgrounds were groomed for skate today.  Conditions are good overall with some soft spots in areas where wind blown snow settled yesterday and where some new trails were added.  Conditions should remain good through tomorrow.  It's a beautiful day, get out an enjoy it while it lasts, it is still fall afterall!!
Coach Rob

Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018

Good morning Blackwater Nordic members and Hopkinton Nordic Ski Team.  The Fairgrounds is READY TO SKI.  Yesterday's new snow has been rolled and groomed and its a beautiful early winter (late fall??) morning at the Fairgrounds.  The conditions are a bit soft but you're probably not ready for super fast conditions yet anyway.  Head on out and get some fresh air and exercise before Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the holiday with family and friends.  GIve Thanks. /groomer Sasquatch/