Meriden XC Grooming Report 1-12-2022

Hello all,

Grooming update from Bill:

All the trails have been groomed and are in fair condition for skiing. Coverage while thin is surprisingly good. Some rocks and roots are visible as is the occasional patch of dirt/leaves. So don’t wear your 800 dollars race skis, but you can use a pretty good pair and avoid the issues with a little care. So Inclined and Not So are the most problematic since the downhill snowplowing that people do scrapes the snow off.

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Donate to the trails fund!. Make your check payable to "Town of Plainfield" with "Trails" on the memo line. (They need to know it goes to our account.) Your contribution will be tax-deductible, and you can either put it in the donation box at the kiosk in the parking lot OR send it directly to the town at the following address:

Town of Plainfield
Attn: Bill Knight
Plainfield Trail Coordinator
PO Box 380
Meriden, NH 03770

Thanks for your support!

www.meridentrails.org

Meriden XC Grooming Report 12-26-2021

Hello and Happy Boxing Day*,

Bill Knight reports that they have groomed all the trails except the school fields.

The skiing is very good.

Enjoy!

– The Trails Group

*In the UK, Canada, Australia, and other countries, this is the holiday where the ghost of boxing great Joe Lewis will sucker punch you if you whine about your Christmas presents.

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Donate to the trails fund!. Make your check payable to "Town of Plainfield" with "Trails" on the memo line. (They need to know it goes to our account.) Your contribution will be tax-deductible, and you can either put it in the donation box at the kiosk in the parking lot OR send it directly to the town at the following address:

Town of Plainfield
Attn: Bill Knight
Plainfield Trail Coordinator
PO Box 380
Meriden, NH 03770

Thanks for your support!

www.meridentrails.org

Meriden XC Grooming Report 12-21-2021

Great news from Bill Knight to accompany the official start of winter:

All the lower trails are groomed, and the upper trails will be groomed tomorrow. Cover is pretty good in the fields and open but thin with some roots and rocks under the evergreens. Skiing will be okay for the next couple of days with the Smokehouse Loops having the best cover – only a couple hazards to watch out for.

Enjoy!

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Donate to the trails fund!. Make your check payable to "Town of Plainfield" with "Trails" on the memo line. (They need to know it goes to our account.) Your contribution will be tax-deductible, and you can either put it in the donation box at the kiosk in the parking lot OR send it directly to the town at the following address:

Town of Plainfield
Attn: Bill Knight
Plainfield Trail Coordinator
PO Box 380
Meriden, NH 03770

Thanks for your support!

www.meridentrails.org

Meriden XC Grooming Report 3-7-2021

Hi everyone,

Bill wrote yesterday (apologies for the late delivery):

We have loosened the surface of the trail system during the week just passed, and the skiing has been good on a frozen granular surface. We plan to groom on Saturday morning this weekend. All trails will have a freshly groomed surface for the start of the weekend. Should be pretty good skiing.

I skied yesterday afternoon and Bill was being a little modest – the skiing was excellent! All the trails were groomed (nice and wide, too) and the coverage was excellent. In dense areas of woods there was some pine needles, cones, etc. mixed in (beware, waxers), but it wasn’t too bad. Fast skiing on a hard base with enough soft corn on top to feel safe on the downhills and not skid on the uphills skating. Saw a few classic skiers (and fat bikers) out and everyone looked happy.

This represented hours and hours and hours of grooming – it takes multiple passes on the same trail to break down that icy, frozen snow. We are truly lucky to have such a dedicated group of volunteers, headed by Bill, doing this for us.

Hope you get out today!

Cheers,
Carin

Have you made your donation to the grooming and equipment fund yet this year? We’re going through gas, oil, and repairs every day! Make your check payable to "Town of Plainfield" with "Trails" on the memo line. (They need to know it goes to our account.) Your contribution will be tax deductible, and you can either put it in the donation box at the kiosk in the parking lot OR send it directly to the town at the following address:

Town of Plainfield

Attn: Bill Knight

Plainfield Trail Coordinator

PO Box 380

Meriden, NH 03770

Thanks for your support!

www.meridentrails.org

Meriden XC Grooming Report 2/19/2021

Great work by the groomers making this frozen garbage into lovely groomed trails. Nice fluffy stuff falling right now. This grooming work beats up equipment and uses fuel, so make sure to donate if you have not.

From Bill:

Over the last few days we have been out breaking up the crusty yuk that fell on the trails this week. After many hours of slicing it up, by 7:30 last night we had ground up the surface on all the trails. The new couple inches of snow promises some excellent skiing this weekend. We will be out packing it down today and tomorrow. If you come out to ski you will make our more than 20 hours of grooming a success.

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And….

Many of you have donated this year, thank you so much. For those of you who want to send in donations: We’re going through gas, oil, and repairs every day! Make your check payable to "Town of Plainfield" with "Trails" on the memo line. (They need to know it goes to our account.) Your contribution will be tax-deductible, and you can either put it in the donation box at the kiosk in the parking lot OR send it directly to the town at the following address:

Town of Plainfield

Attn: Bill Knight

Plainfield Trail Coordinator

PO Box 380

Meriden, NH 03770

Thanks for your support!

www.meridentrails.org

Meriden XC Grooming Report 2/12/2021

Happy Friday,

Yesterday, Jon Nichols groomed everything across the bridge. This is ideal, get out and enjoy it.

Lost and Found:

About two weeks ago, a dog collar remote control (black and looks like a small walk-in-talkie) was found on the Smokehouse Loop.

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The donations spiel: these trails do not maintain themselves. Make your check payable to "Town of Plainfield" with "Trails" on the memo line. (They need to know it goes to our account.) Your contribution will be tax-deductible, and you can either put it in the donation box at the kiosk in the parking lot OR send it directly to the town at the following address:

Town of Plainfield
Attn: Bill Knight
Plainfield Trail Coordinator
PO Box 380
Meriden, NH 03770

Thanks for your support!

www.meridentrails.org

Meriden XC Grooming Report 2/11/2021

Hello,

Two days and two reports!

From Bill:

Yesterday, great conditions for racing classic today, some sun and temperatures in the low to mid-20s – blue kick wax for some, green for the old hands like me. More than 100 high school and middle school skiers spent time on the Smokehouse Loops this afternoon. Some PES students not in the ski program got to watch the racing, as well as folks there to just use the trails.

We did manage to groom everything after the nice snow of Tuesday, and have set tracks on the Smokehouse Loops and in the fields. Across the bridge are some fine skating and good classic with no tracks. The snow is a nicely firm powder – it won’t get better than it is right now! Time to ski.

We found a Tesla card out on the trails today. Email us if it is yours or send your Tesla to come to get it in autonomous mode.

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And…

Many of you have donated this year, thank you so much. For those of you who want to send in donations: We’re going through gas, oil, and repairs every day! Make your check payable to “Town of Plainfield” with “Trails” on the memo line. (They need to know it goes to our account.) Your contribution will be tax-deductible, and you can either put it in the donation box at the kiosk in the parking lot OR send it directly to the town at the following address:

Town of Plainfield
Attn: Bill Knight
Plainfield Trail Coordinator
PO Box 380
Meriden, NH 03770

Thanks for your support!

www.meridentrails.org

Meriden XC Grooming Report 2/10/2021

All the trails are groomed, we were able to groom yesterday afternoon. Racing today (2/10) from noon to 4 pm on the Smokehouse trails. Cross the bridge and there will be a lot fewer folks for those out tomorrow afternoon.

The first annual Women’s Skate Ski Clinic at The Plainfield Trails was a huge success!

image.jpgAmy and Vicki report: We had 26 women who came out to work on their skate skiing technique and meet some new ski buddies. We had a range of abilities from beginner to advanced intermediate skiers and all learned new skills that they could take with them as they continue to ski this winter. Our beginning/lower intermediate group worked on V1, no poles skiing, and uphill technique while our intermediate/upper intermediate group worked on V1, V2, V2A, and uphill technique. We were able to cover a lot in the two hours and the perfect grooming with light snowfall on top made for excellent teaching and learning conditions. A huge thank you as always to Bill Knight for the superior grooming! It was a treat to work with so many lovely ladies and we can’t wait to do it again!

Meriden XC Grooming Report 2/5/2021

Bill Knight reports:

We have managed to get a couple of passes on all the major trails including Ira’s Loop. There is a women’s skate clinic there Sunday, so I hope to get more grooming done there this morning to form the surface – trails that have been groomed just once are slightly soft – it takes a second day of grooming to firm them up. The classic skiing is very fine on those surfaces, however.

We held a classic race during the day Wednesday, our first chance to ski on the Smokehouse trails this calendar year. Much fun was had and other folks had fun skiing across the bridge. We anticipate Wednesday racing on those trails every Wednesday in February.

Trails should be in good shape for the weekend. One groomer is down for repair, so set tracks are limited to what was done on Wednesday. I hope to have the machine fixed by the end of the weekend.

– Bill

It has been a beautiful week out on the trails thanks to the snow (of course) and the great grooming work. Smokehouse trails open all the way over across the bridge up to Ira’s. Carla Chandler shared a photo from Wednesday morning of the perfect corduroy up toward the top of so inclined.

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And….

Many of you have donated this year, thank you so much. For those of you who want to send in donations: We’re going through gas, oil, and repairs every day! Make your check payable to "Town of Plainfield" with "Trails" on the memo line. (They need to know it goes to our account.) Your contribution will be tax deductible, and you can either put it in the donation box at the kiosk in the parking lot OR send it directly to the town at the following address:

Town of Plainfield

Attn: Bill Knight

Plainfield Trail Coordinator

PO Box 380

Meriden, NH 03770

Thanks for your support!

www.meridentrails.org