Thursday, April 17, 2014

Summer Trail Opening

It just snowed 8 inches so all bets are off.
The normal opening date for summer time trails is May 1st, but keep conditions in mind.  Don't ride when it will wreck your bike or the trails.  Stay tuned.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Ski Trails: All tracked. Very firm but not icy YET.
Snowshoe Trails: Tracks all the way.  Very solid but chunky.
Fat Biking: Nothing we're supposed to ride is good to ride.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Ski Trails: All tracked Friday.

Snowshoe Trails:  All tracked, especially solid on the Big Bog loop.  No slush except for a bit on Mist Lake that could be frozen by now.  Map signs past Dog Lake have been removed because Spring is coming.

Fat Biking: Good to the Big Bog.  Marginal but improving to Dog Lake.
The surface is solid enough to float, but offers marginal grip.  I've never made so many snow angels.  The tread is so high and narrow across the bogs that one wrong move can bury you.  After diving off the trail on the Bumpy Bog the trail tread was almost to my waist as I was standing there.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

So Much Snow

Ski trails were groomed on Friday.

Snowshoe trails have tracks to the Big Bog and minor slushing that should be solid by now.  Dog Lake would be a good hike for someone who wants to break trail, but don't go to Mist Lake unless you know the way and can deal with some slush.

There will be no fat biking in the Underdown for a week and maybe longer.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snowbound Results

Chris Schotz :46
Gary Barden :47
Paul Wagner :51
Pat Blakeslee :53
Scott Trierweiler :55
Paul Kage :56
Jen Barden :57
Andrew Schiltz :58
Beth Wagner 1:02
David Mayer 1:03
Kevin Nowack 1:07
Butch Piontek 1:10
Luke Schuttenhelm 1:11
Nelson Wahlstrom 1:11
Karen Piontek 1:17
Rick Mueller 1:31

Photos are right here!

Race Conditions

Trails were perfect on Tuesday, and only a couple inches of powder fell on Thursday.  The Dog Lake loop has been dragged extensively since then so the race is definitely on.  Ski trails were all groomed Friday and grooming has been going on at Bradley Park for days.

The solo race runs counter-clockwise to Dog Lake at 10AM, and the 2-hour team race will run clockwise on trails A and Z at noon or whenever we get set to go again.    Pasta and sausage at halftime.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snowbound in the Underdown

Saturday, February 15th
Solo race 10AM: Taking a ride to Dog Lake like last year.  Those trails are super, but the conditions to Mist Lake never came together.

Team relay 12PM: 3-person relays for 2 hours on trails A and Z  (Note the change in time and distance.)

Registration and Intergalactic Fat-Bike Championship Stage Race details here.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snowshoe Hike Saturday 10AM

Guided hikes from one to four hours.  Fire and treats.

Ski trails: Great tracks
Snowshoe trails: Solid all the way
Fat biking: Great to Big Bog; pretty good to Dog Lake; possible to Mist Lake, but great by Saturday afternoon

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Underdown got another 5 inches of snow this week so the base has nearly reached the seat of the benches.

Ski: Trails are all freshly tracked including a great skate lane down Loop Road
Snowshoe: Beautiful with no real slush problems
Fat Bike: Pretty good to the Big Bog.  Not ready to Dog Lake, but we're working on it