Rockwood State Forest

Rockwood State Forest
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Melting Fast

Yesterday, 8" of wet corn snow in the woods and the same on the trails for the most part. The drawback is dirty, icy sections that have developed under conifers, where the snow is often thin. In some places you can ski or walk around the ice; other patches are downright difficult, such as on hills.

Anywhere the tree cover is hardwoods there is decent skiing. The snow is soft, wet corn. I could punch my poles a few inches through it; it won't last long. On the bright side,--no matter the post-holing of some trails,--it's now soft enough to plow right through.

I skied the Forest Edge east to D-East Rd. and took that south to Camp Road Trail. Took that west to D-Spur and then skied Spring Rd. to Big Bowl, which has 10" of clean, nice corn. I started back via the C-Connector Valley Trail and skied across the forest on South Loop Rd, turned north on D-East and had to climb two bare slopes on that trail before getting out to the Forest Edge. I skied the Forest Edge back to the vehicle, getting in a few telemark turns on the downhill before the parking lot.

Myself and two other guys on skis crossed paths. They seemed to be making the most of what is left of winter in Rockwood.

Air temp: low 60's. 4:30pm-6:30pm
Skis: Black Diamond Polar Star's w/ 3 pin bindings, plenty of Swix Red/Silver kick wax for the wet snow.
Just a shirt and nylon running pants

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