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TrailCam – work in progress

Update:  Sun Mar. 20 2016

The coaches after church:


Looks like 4-6″ new snow


Still a work in progress, but we are becoming cognizant of cellular glitches and loopholes.  FYI: the camera takes a picture every hour.  Every 2 hrs it is supposed to transmit the photo via Union Cellular to a server in Canada.  The server was unable to relay the photo back to my Union Cellular phone, but can send it to a Google Voice phone #, which then forwards it to my Union phone.  While at Google, we are trying to collate and upload the photos to a public WordPress account.  Wordpress lacked the necessary collation codes, so now the head geek (who we will call Matt) is developing another site that we can all link to.  Meanwhile, above is a manual upload of a recent photo.

Hopefully, we will have the kinks worked out soon, so that you will be able to see sequential photos of the conditions at Beaver Creek.  The camera is installed and functioning, but the links to transferring the photos in an automated fashion are slow to function properly.  Above is todays latest photo, note that the date and temp are time stamped on the bottom of the photo.


OCR Results – revised

Good show everybody.  Results are OCR Results 12-26-15 – Sheet 1 revision1



Old Coaches Race will be at Golf Course!

Due to the forecast for harsh cold at Beaver Creek on Dec. 26th, the race WILL instead happen at the Golf Course at noon.  Register there by 11:45.  Skiathon, classic or skate tech’s acceptable.    Email forthcoming with more details.  Spread the word – plus you can pop into the clubhouse to buy some hot chocolate etc.

Citizens Race Saturday Dec 26th

xcskiworld mass photo

Start and Finish at the Yurt.

No Charge to Lander Nordic Members or guests/pledges (sort of like a fraternity we are)  Non-members may also race, but we will glare at you until you commit (and the officials may add time/distance to your effort).

NOON – LVHS Time Trial & Old Coaches Race Start. You can choose your technique and your distance; 5km, 10km or 15km options. This is open and free to everyone. Mass start is self-seeded waves of approximately 20 people.

This is supposed to be a fun intro to citizen racing, or it can be as serious as you desire.  Lycra to wool knickers are appropriate.  Youngest and oldest entrants will receive appropriate commendations.

Questions:  email wwebster@wyoming.com

Timing by the ValleyGirls Timing Consortium (or somebody)

Valley Girls Timing, not to be confused with Summit Timing!

Valley Girls Timing, not to be confused with Summit Timing!






Honest Scotties Ski Report for 4/16/14

SVO reported on todays skiing using a movie theme……….SVO trails report 041614

Click on the photo to enlarge.

Seemed accurate to me.

Snow vs. Copper

Snow is a Good Insulator!

As groomer dudes, we enjoy the Fall and follow the weather like we’re stalkers.  I have at least 5 different bookmarked websites dealing with weather conditions near Beaver Creek.  Now, you may believe that all of this recent/early snow is making us happy.  But the truth is, that it is also causing us some anxiety and sleepless afternoons in the process.  In an ideal world, Earl (the god of weather) would allow the ground to freeze hard before he excreted a layer of snow up there.  Frozen ground  means that a minor snowfall will be easier to groom, and last longer than a big dump on unfrozen ground.

Snow will insulate unfrozen ground from severe atmospheric cold, hence mud will persist longer, and the mud is more apt to get tilled up into our snowpack.  Dirty snow is not fun to ski, and it absorbs more solar heat leading to faster melting.

Not much we can do about it though.  Earl doesn’t always respond to reason or bribes.  Our choices are sort of limited, but include:

1. Do nothing until the ground freezes (hoping for no further snow, coupled with cold temps, for a few weeks).

2. Solicit volunteers to shovel the snow off the trails until the ground freezes.

3. Start grooming as soon as practical, so as to decrease the insulating ability of the snow, and hoping not to disturb unfrozen soil nor to brutalize the equipment.

After much cogitation (with limited mental resources), we will probably go with option #3.  Although we did feel that #2 (the option!) would be good preseason cross-training for the devoted, and also that Earl might look on that as an offering of penance, and reward us with a stellar (pun possible) year.

What all this means, sort of:  the grooming equipment is being prepped, the groomers are taking double the number of showers (2/week) so that we can skip some when grooming commences, and I have idle time to write idle missives while the idling snowmachines sit idle.

BUT, we do hope to be grooming before Thanksgiving, so get your affairs and equipment in order.   Gannet Peak Sports has new gear arriving, wax for sale, and operators standing by to take your calls (and to operate).  Also, the Fall Gear Swap (details coming soon) is scheduled for the morning of Nov. 23rd, so out with the old-new and in with the new-old.

Remember, snow is a much better insulator than copper, which is the focal point of this message.

The opinions expressed here are solely the responsibility of this computer, and are not to be attributed to the Lander Nordic Ski Association or any of its members/officers/lackys or offspring.  Just accept it on faith that all of it is true.

Humbly submitted 10/31/132012-10-24 BC Temp

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