Crust! The crust cruising was outstanding Friday morning from about 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Based on today’s temperatures during that time and Saturday’s forecast, I expect the sweet spot Saturday to be between 8:30 A.M and 9:30 A.M. For those of you who are new to crust cruising, it is skiing off the groomed track on the smooth, fast surfaces that have thawed and refrozen smoothly. This is way different than skiing a frozen, rutted groomed track. Best done on skate skis. The window is short each day and if you miss it you either have a terrifying ride (too early) or you are rutting the surface (too late) and ruining it for everyone else for future days. If you are breaking the crust with your skis or your poles start punching through, find your way to the closest groomed surface and head home.
Snow is likely Sunday. Our contract with the city says we are done grooming for the year. The striding will probably be a blast Sunday and crust might be good again by Tuesday and Wednesday. No track fee, no maintenance. Please respect the golf course and stay off the greens. Enjoy!
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