XC Ski Trail Conditions 12/30
Happy New Year!
Forbush Corner: We received at least 6 inches of lake effect snow over night and it’s still snowing (a lot!). Larry is out grooming now. We will be grooming the east trails first (Rollercoaster, Badlands, etc.) and then the west (Green Loop, Back Forty). Skiing should be amazing today. We will be open from Thursday, December 22nd through Monday, January 2nd, except for Christmas Day when we will be closed. Our hours are 9-5 daily.
Hanson Hills: We received 2 inches of new snow overnight! All trails are being groomed this morning, we will be resetting tracks as well today. A big thanks to Groomers Jason and Tommy G. for their hard work the past few days on clearing and cleaning our trail system from that massive wind storm on Monday. Trails are in great shape. Lodge and Trails Open at 9am.
Fat Bike Trail: Has been groomed this morning. Is in Great Shape for riding.
XC Ski Headquarters: Greetings from Higgins Lake! As of 6:45am we have received 3 inches of overnight accumulation and it is still snowing. Ginzu Dana started grooming early this morning and is snow combing all the skating lanes and setting new tracks, resulting in prime conditions heading into the holiday weekend. We now have a 6-7? packed base on the trails, and 10-12? of snow in the woods.
TV 9 & 10 weather forecast:
This Morning/Today: This morning we have lake effect snow showers with the heaviest of the snow falling in the Northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula and the Northern half of the U.P. Most of us have light snow falling with some small bursts of snow but the heaviest bands of snow are sitting over the Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, Otsego & Crawford County areas. Northern Luce & Northern Chippewa Counties are also still seeing heavy snow. Temperatures this morning are in the mid to upper 20s. Winds are out of the West/Northwest at 10-20mph with gusts near 25-30mph. This will blow and drift the snow and create reduced visibilities. Today will start off with heavy bands of lake effect snow but you will see snow slowly fade away as we work towards this evening. Most of the lake effect snow showers will be ending around mid day. Winds will be out of the Northwest/West at 10-20mph to start but end up more around 5-15mph this evening.
Tonight: We will start to see the leading edge of the incoming clipper system tonight. That means some light snow across areas of Northern Michigan heading into tomorrow morning. Overnight lows are going to be in the mid teens to mid 20s. Winds will be out of the Northwest/West but start to change more to Southeast/South by tomorrow morning.
The Weekend: A weak clipper system will move through tomorrow bringing widespread light snow with moderate bursts in areas. A fresh few inches of snow can be expected for Northern Michigan with highs in the upper 20s to upper 30s. New Years Day is looking nice with partly cloudy skies. Highs are going to be in the lower to upper 30s.
Monday – Thursday: Monday will bring a chance for some light rain/snow at times. Highs are going to be in the low 30s to low 40s. Tuesday is looking cloudy with a chance for some light rain/snow. Highs are going to be in the mid 30s to mid 40s. Wednesday and Thursday are going to be windy with some lake effect snow showers. -Meteorologist Michael Stevens