Sunday 26 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Sunday 26 March 2017,
The Bait Hole: bring your maxi-glide, folks. The hills are fast from
freezing overnight (still). Afternoons are getting sticky. There's still
skiable snow left but you may want to start bringing your rock skis soon. Call
Don Nodine after this for updates. His number is on the Northern Timber
Cruisers cross-country skiing webpage.
Don just called from the Clubhouse. It's till good skiing BUT the hill are
fast to very fast. He also said that he's having an easier time going UP the
hills to the side of the set track rather than using the tracks.
I'm leaving for a business trip in a few minutes so this is the last post
for the season. You can skiing conditions for the last week of March and the
first week of April at the Bait Hole/Clubhouse by calling Don or by calling New
England Outdoor Center for conditions at the Twin Pines/Millinocket Lake trail
Wednesday 22 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Wednesday 22 March 2017,
The thin layer of icy snow that fell this morning did not improve
conditions. Snow at the Bait Hole are currently fast and icy.and skiing
conditions are only fair. Below freezing temperatures and high gusting wind
conditions are forecast to persist into tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.
Monday 20 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Monday 20 March 2017,
Spring is here. All four areas (Bait Hole, Clubhouse, NEOC and KWWNM) have
snow, groomed trails and Spring skiing conditions. To remind you of what Spring
skiing conditions are: the mornings will be icy, hard and fast, especially on
the downhills and trails sheltered from the sun by shade; early to mid
afternoon will be very good skiing on softened snow as the temperature goes up;
late afternoons can be icy as the temperature starts to drop below freezing at
the end of the day. In the softened snow sweet spot in the early to mid
afternoon, skiing will range from good to excellent. Hit up the trails now
while the good snow lasts!
Sunday 19 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Sunday 19 March 2017,
Both the Bait Hole and the Clubhouse trails are groomed with track set. At
the Clubhouse, the trail to the warming hut is packed down. Right now,
conditions are fast so hills will be challenging for less experienced skiers.
As things warm up today, the snow will soften and conditions will improve.
Overall conditions are good, and they are expected to be very good this
Conditions are KWW Nat. Mon. and NEOC will be similar. It's near perfect Spring
conditions out there right now - go ski!
We will be shutting down this website a week early this year. The last day we
will post will be on Friday, March 24.
Thursday 16 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Thursday 16 March 2017,
The Bait Hole is groomed with track set. Snow conditions are excellent.
Skiing conditions are a bit windy, so dress to protect for the current 5 °F
wind chill temperature. Today's winds will stay above 10 mph, gusting to 25,
until late afternoon. Tomorrow's winds are forecast to be 5 mph or less.
Wednesday 15 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Wednesday 15 March 2017,
The five and a half mile loop trail at the Northern Timber Cruisers
Clubhouse is now groomed with track set. Snow conditions are very good.
The Bait Hole will be groomed tomorrow (Thursday) morning.
The Twin Pines Trails at NEOC are currently in the process of being groomed (4
By The Ice Fish Inn on Wednesday 15 March 2017,
Don just called. He is breaking out a trail at the Northern Timber Cruiser
Clubhouse five and a half mile loop, and will be packing down the newly fallen
snow all the way to the warming hut. The clubhouse trails will be broken out
The Bait Hole will be groomed tomorrow.
Monday 13 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Monday 13 March 2017,
We haven't received any updates on conditions since the beginning of the
weekend. Assume conditions are fast and icy and generally poor at the Bait Hole
and Clubhouse trails; fast snow w/ some ice, no track set but packed, fair to
good at the KWW Nat. Mon. and NEOC. Everyone is sitting on their hands right
now to see what tomorrow's (Tuesday's) snow storm brings.
Friday 10 March 2017
By Katahdin Woods & Waters Ski Trails on Friday 10 March 2017,
Groomed this Thursday. After another warm spell - we went up and ground up
some good frozen granular snow. It is still too hard to set track. We groomed
from the trailhead around the Old River road loop all the way into Haskell Rock
and Stair Falls. Today I will groom into Bowlin Camps and into Big Spring Brook
hut. That will set us up for some nice skiing this weekend. Please dress to
stay very warm; see Matagamon weather prediction for saturday:
Day: Partly cloudy with slight chance of snow showers. Highs around 7°F.
northwest wind to 19 MPH, gusting to 30 MPH.
Wednesday 8 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Wednesday 8 March 2017,
Conditions at the Bait Hole trails and the Northern Timber Cruisers
clubhouse trails are fast, icy and poor. The snowpack at the Bait Hole on
Monday was 28 inches so there may be a few more weeks left of skiable snow
assuming the rain stops sometime soon. Conditions throughout the area will
continue to be poor, icy and fast unless we can get some new snow to cover over
the current boiler plate surface on the trails.
For the sake of safety, the folks at Northern Timber Cruisers (who maintain the
trails at the Bait Hole and Clubhouse) would like to ask skiers to stay off the
multi-use trail and any other snowmobile trails in the area. There have been
too many snowmobile accidents this year - we don't want one here. Please stay
safe. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Tuesday 7 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Tuesday 7 March 2017,
Don called from the Bait Hole at 11 AM. There's no progress yet at the Bait
Hole. Skiing conditions will likely continue to deteriorate unless and until we
get some decent snowfall.
We wish we had something better to report.
Monday 6 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Monday 6 March 2017,
Conditions at both the Bait Hole and Clubhouse trails are poor due to
Susan at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument sent the following
report: Five of us braved the cool temps, along with others that were in the
huts this past weekend. Conditions were hard and fast, although the parts that
the Groomer Guy managed to "scratch up" were just enough to make a very
pleasant ski around the Old River Road loop . Beautiful sparkling day by the
river. Going forward, grooming will take place either on thursday or friday,
depending on temperatures. We will update this report at that time. Snow levels
are holding up well but watch out for the Moose holes and use caution when
NEOC reports that the Twin Pines trails are very fast with icy patches.
Saturday 4 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Saturday 4 March 2017,
The folks at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument groomed
yesterday. They report that conditions there are "frozen, granular and fast."
They were not able to set track.
Weather conditions today and tomorrow are just perfect for wind chill, so dress
Friday 3 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Friday 3 March 2017,
The skiing is poor right now in Millinocket. There's a thick icy crust on
the snow that can't be broken up with our towed groomer behind a sled. This
applies to both the Bait Hole and Clubhouse trails. Grooming won't be possible
until we get new snowfall or the temperature rises enough to soften the crust
of ice. No news yet on KWWNM and NEOC yet.
Thursday 2 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Thursday 2 March 2017,
Don's out skiing right now (11 AM) at the Bait Hole. He reports that there's
very little track left but the glide is good. The snow conditions are not bad
though with some fast patches. The snow will become more and more fast as the
day progresses because of the falling temperatures - so if you plan to ski
today, earlier is better. He is planning on grooming tomorrow but makes no
promises that he'll succeed because it might be too icy for the sled to pull
the groomer. Either way, he'll let me know so watch this space tomorrow.
Temperatures are not falling fast enough for the folks at the National Monument
to get out and groom all their trails so grooming there is now scheduled for
tomorrow. They will let us know tomorrow afternoon what their conditions are
like once they are done grooming.
The Twin Pines trails at NEOC are open and have enough snow to ski on.
Conditions are okay. There are currently a few busloads of kids skiing there
right now so expect the snow to be packed and getting faster as the day
Wednesday 1 March 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Wednesday 1 March 2017,
Sorry for no updates for the last two days - our internet connection decided
to take a couple of days off without telling us beforehand.
In theory, temperatures are supposed to drop below freezing sometime towards
tomorrow evening (i.e., Thursday) and will stay under freezing through the
weekend and into next week. The next possible snow is forecast for
Reports from both KWWNM and the Bait Hole say that the snow has been surprising
good for the last couple of days. There's little to no track left because of
the thaw but the trails themselves still have snow. The snow fall from two
weeks ago was so substantial that it hasn't completely melted away despite the
last few days of above freezing temperatures and intermittent rain. If we
receive much more rain and above-freezing temperatures, this may change.
Expect conditions to be on the fast and icy side once this thaw is over. Also,
a lot of local ice has become rotten so exercise caution when skiing or shoeing
across bogs until we've had a few days of below-freezing temperatures.
Sunday 26 February 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Sunday 26 February 2017,
Don got down the beginning of the trails at the Northern Timber Cruisers
clubhouse and turned around after a hundred yards or so. Too much ice and no
sign of tracks after the rain.
The skiing at the Bait Hole is "fair." It's not so poor as to be unskiable, but
there's hardly any set track left and everything is very icy.
Don & Co. will not be able to groom until there's about 6 inches of new
snow, otherwise, the sleds that pull the groomers won't have any traction.
By The Ice Fish Inn on Sunday 26 February 2017,
The rain is still falling, folks, and it's 50 degrees out at midnight. It
might as well be Halloween. There's still some skiable snow at the Bait Hole
but take your rock skis and do not assume that any ice on the bogs is safe. Wax
for soft wet heavy snow. There is now rotten ice out there so be careful on the
bogs. You may be better off avoiding any bogs until the temperature falls below
freezing early in the week, if indeed the weather decides to do what the
weather forecast says it will do... It might as well be mud season.
Just tell yourself: it's better here than in Northern California right
Friday 24 February 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Friday 24 February 2017,
No one has given me any updates since the beginning of the week. Just
thought I'd let folks know that, If things were different at the Bair Hole and
Clubhouse since the last time we talked, Don would have told me since he's
really good at keeping this blog in the loop - so assume the state of those two
area are the same as the last post about them a few days ago. Conditions
overall are wet, with soft heavy snow under a softening icy crust. Wax for
Tuesday 21 February 2017
By The Ice Fish Inn on Tuesday 21 February 2017,
The Clubhouse trails at Northern Timber Cruisers are not groomed yet to
remove the ice crust.
At the Baithole, with the current weather pattern of below-freezing nights and
near- to above-freezing days, the morning snow is icy and the afternoon snow
softens up. This is more like Spring skiing right now than our usually-expected
Winter conditions. The warmer the afternoon, the softer the afternoon snow. So
morning skiing for today, tomorrow and Thurday is expected to be somewhat icy
and the hills will be fast. The earlier you ski, the faster the hills and the
icier the trails. As the days progress, the temperatures rise and the snow will
soften. The snow this afternoon will soften up and the skiing will be good.
Tomorrow afternoon, the temperature is expected to get up to 38 degrees and the
afternoon snow will be soft and the skiing will be good. The same pattern
applies to Thursday, but the temperatures are predicted to be above 40 so
expect slush to form as the afternoon progresses. The earlier in the afternoon
you ski on Thursday, the better the softening snow will be. That's the
predicted snow conditions forecast for the Bait Hole.
No updates yet this week from either NEOC or KWWNM. Those will get posted as
the come in.