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Offline JeffOYB

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What's best way to redo trails after blizzard?
« on: February 04, 2011, 08:04:26 am »
What's the minimum needed to get a homestyle ski trail back into shape after a blizzard?

3 snowshoe passes?

I'm talking: ski track plus firm poling.

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Re: What's best way to redo trails after blizzard?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 11:13:43 pm »
I'm sorry I can't help here Jeff, I stay off the groomed trails for the most part. I enjoy breaking trails for my exercise and being on virgin when traveling back country. Unless out with a group!
       I do have some tracks through tight paths that I come back to fairly often, I just try to stay where I had my skiis before. The small amount of snow we've had here locally hasn't disturbed the paths that much.
       If you drag a sled, like mine which is wide, you could groom your path yourself and excercise at the same time.
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Re: What's best way to redo trails after blizzard?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 02:18:47 am »
Either ski on it, or two snowshoe passes.    But ski trails almost always blow in, so its an ongoing need to ski it.

On multi day travel treks we have used a "rest" day to punch in a snowshoe trail for ski-hauling sleds the following day.  So that's 2 passes, out and back on snowshoes.  Even if it snows and blows in during the day and night, the fact that it is packed is of enormous benefit for the next day.  But if it blows in deep, you may need skins on your skis to eliminate shear.    In my video "Solo sled hauling boreal lake 01"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI46_iRnGeQ , I mention that I am ski hauling on a blown in packed snowshoe and toboggan track.  It had 2 passes.    I needed skins on my skis for the grip to haul the sled in tough cold, sand papery conditions for sled sliding.   Without a load on a flat lake, I often don't need skins.    I have found that blown in snow has some sort of crystalline structure that reduces glide and adds drag on a sled. 
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Re: What's best way to redo trails after blizzard?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2011, 06:58:24 pm »
Of course this kind of "grooming" sure isn't much!

I guess I like including some kind of firm poling area in my local trails that I ski on every day.

If I just ski a few times over a deep snow area I get good ski tracks -- but the poling stays crappy. So I'm wondering what's the easiest way to get the poling to be good.

I'm talking about real skiing not skiing that's like snowshoeing. :) I like lots of glide. It's singletrack skiing. Backwoods but on a trail. A homemade trail.

I'm thinking that 3 passes on skis would do it. One for the center and 2 times more to add each poling lane. Then one night to set up...

If it keeps blowing in... then rats. It's hard work keeping a good poling lane!

I like skiing the backwoods but I do it fast. Without a poling lane my poles sink in WAY far. Maybe carbon 160's would solve it. : ) ...That's my skating poles. But that would still really mess up my tempo, to stick those things in deep then haul back out once a second...