Over the course of the season, we have around 25 high school teams come to Maplelag for training camps. For 7 years now, the Rochester Nordic Ski team has come up. It used to be called Rochester Area Ski Club. The first year there might of been 30 students but this year was all time high of almost 150 students. One thing neat about this group is there are kids from all the Rochester schools, including Mayo, Century, John Marshal, Lourdes and one other private school. Rivals in other sports, they all come together as Nords to form a team. It is awesome to see and be a part of the growth. The energy and enthusiasm of the kids is inspiring.Team assembled for the Saturday morning ski.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I didn't feel like Christmas this year with browngreenish grass the day before Christmas. Yikes!
Night plunge with the boys. Since we got the hole open, we've plunged over a dozen times this year. Good way to get rid of some of the gunk going around.
As of this week, over 30 loads on Skaters Waltz and considering only 5-6" of snowfall since the "melt off" skiing isn't too bad.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Last weekend was not a good weekend weather wise for snow retention. Before this past weekend, we enjoyed about 4 weeks of early season skiing. The base remained constant but provided some great skiing. About 2 weeks out from the meltdown, I saw some indicators that it could get warm. Maybe it wouldn't but had to assume it would. I beginning clearing snow from fields, the basketball court, our deck, our patio not before starting with the ice rink that had snow from Thanksgiving that hadn't been cleared. Focused on about 5km of trail that was mostly skaters waltz. I wasn't going to blog this but Jonell said I should document it and hopefully I can look back down the road and say "glad I don't have to do that again".
The pickup loads went near the start and big south facing slope hill "kamikaze" on skaters waltz.
We had to cancel a ski camp with 200 kids from four different teams. Major bummer. It was tough to stomach the warm weather after all that shoveling but thankful for the good skiing days before the melt. Jens's home hockey tournament and a lot of ping pong games with Jon helped ease the torture. Ha!
Weather pattern looks bit more favorable next 2 weeks. All it will take is 3-4" to get gliding again. Soon it will come!! Think Snow!!
Friday, December 12, 2014
Having two kids in hockey means lots of road trips to catch some of the games. Jon is in his second year of high school hockey which means less games and travel with the team on a bus. Jens in first year Pee Wees and the number of games has bumped up from last year. So far has worked out good this year that most of the farther away games on weekends we have been before we crank up big time (hopefully) for the winter season.
Saturday morning stopped by Zippel Bay State Park to check out conditions before going to Warroad. I skied here a few years ago when Jon was playing in tourney in Warroad. It wasn't groomed but enough snow for a nice ski. Sleet earlier in the morning made for FAST conditions. The best part was checking out the ice formations on the shore were most interesting. Looked like mini volcanoes. Full trail report:
The trip was planned to bring Jens to his game on Sunday in Crosby, half way home . Fun game for Jens and his Pee Wee A team, going to OT with Jens getting a hat trick on the overtime winner.