Craftsbury Outdoor Center :: March 24-31, 2012
Welcome » Conditions of 19 March
Last update: 19 Mar 2012
Posted: 19 Mar 2012
Here’s another report on conditions at Craftsbury. We know you are all eager for info—and we know that many of you will be starting your travels soon.
The skiing is still amazingly nice, and firm, even crunchy in places, in the woods on our 2.5k man-made loop. The cover is very good, too. We’ve identified a few weak spots and will be patching them as needed. Pictures were taken this afternoon at about 3:30 p.m (click through for full slide show). Zeroes have been working surprisingly well!
The stadium is not as pretty right now, but that's where the stockpiled snow comes in. Our strategy in the stadium has been to consolidate the natural snow into the course, rather than leave it spread all over the field to melt. We also still have a large stockpile of snow in the upper field; and a smaller one in the lower field. By race time, we expect to be offering a snow “highway” through otherwise grassy fields. You can see the beginnings of this in the pictures.
The Hill Climb will now be held entirely on alpine snowmaking trails at Jay Peak. That map should be coming out soon.
Can we guarantee 100% for certain that everything will go off as originally planned? Nope. It depends on what Mother Mature throws at us next. It is possible that the Jury will decide to tweak the schedule and/or modify the start formats if they feel it will make for better racing conditions.
But as of now, we still have nice skiing and plans are moving along full speed ahead.
Looking forward to hosting you,
-the folks at Craftsbury