||Wednesday, December 22, 2004-
AMAZING! We had a couple of light snowfall, one in late November and
another the second week of December, but only enough to let us know
that it was cold enough for snow. It got really cold the Middle
of December and days ahead, the weather forecast predicted a major snow
storm for right here. On this day before the night that it was
predicted to arrive, the temperature rose to nearly 50ºF. and we
had to wonder if the weather forecast of Gulf of Mexico moisture
colliding with an arctic cold front was still in store...IT WAS...
Starting after midnight as we were sleeping, snow started falling and
kept coming down until around noon. We got 9" of dry powder
snow. This is unlike any first snow ever. The ground had
been frozen, but Tuesdays warm temperatures made me wonder if sticking
would be a problem. I waited until 5 pm to go out and had zero
problems at the IU Golf Course. I talked to two others, Bonnie
who had too thick of wax on her skis from years earlier and a man at
the Golf course. Both had transported their warm skis in the
car. Mine were in the cold all day on the roof of my truck.
Deep snow is never fun to make the first path, so I both shared the
duty and took advantage of trails set by others. I did each about
equally. The snow was starting to come down again as I skied and
the weather report was calling for another 10" tonight... Ten
inches.... we are measuring our snow in feet! The weather channel
was broadcasting from Bloomington IN. when I got home... this is the
real deal. Tomorrow we start getting real arctic temperatures of
below 0 F. Friends, Linda, Staffan, Bonnie, and Mark have
already let me know they want to join me this year.... lot's more fun
to be had on the white stuff.
Oh yeah! the first tracks I got on at the IU Golf Course went straight away, right over a green. DON'T BE AN IDIOT, THERE IS NO GOOD REASON TO SKI ON GREENS! Don't do it. Golfers pay big money to access the golf course. If you don't think we could be turned away... think again. Greens cost big dollars to build and maintain. I have been told by IU Golf Course management to "Stay off the Greens" on two occasions!
Last thought on this first day, I have never been a fan of back country skis. If you've got them... flaunt them in this deep snow. If you like to ski in the woods... this snow is for you. This would be a great season to check out the Knaw Bone Cross Country Ski camp on the road to Story Indiana. Head to Columbus from Nashville. When you see the sign to story turn right. It's about 2 or 3 miles and on the left, as I remember. Nice folks and challenging skiing for the cross country set.
Corbin, Thank you for your report and question. Maybe you will start a write-in trend.
Frustrating first day of the year. Got out late at 10:30 at night and drove to the IU Golf Course. With the conditions worsening I could only tell that one other person had been at the parking lot in the past few hours. The wind was pretty bad from the north and carrying a lot of snow with it. So I started to look for tracks heading out of the parking lot but could find none. So away I headed and sank straight up to my knees! So much for the skinny skis tonight. I needed some good wide BC skis.
This only lasted about 15 minutes and then I turned and headed up to the truck. Maybe after the conditions settle a bit it will be better. Snowshoes would have worked much better tonite! The one time in a decade we need someone with a snow machine and a track setter.
Read your report I am glad you enjoyed the freshies. Do you know if Gnaw Bone grooms?
"It doesn't have to be "fun" to be Fun!"-Mark Twight
|Martha A. Decker, 67, a resident of Frances House, 3322 Frances Lane, died 9:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Howard Regional Health System. She was born Aug. 31, 1937, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Lawrence W. and Meta C. (Schultz) Decker.|