DOWNHILL SKI REPORT:
Weather: Cloudy chance of light rain highs in the 50's
Trails Open: 12 of 13 Trails, (Woods Areas Are Open Use Caution!)
Lifts Open: Chairlift, T-bar, H-Tow
Conditions: Wet Granular/Variable Conditions
Base Depths: 20 - 30"
Please stay on groomed terrain, woods areas have thin cover, use caution!
Sledding Hill is Open
Cardboard Box Derby on Ski Hill @ 1:00p.m.
Skating Pond is closed due to warm weather
With over 20" of new snow from last week's two storms, conditions on the mountain have been spectacular for the kickoff weekend of the February vacation week. Despite the very warm weather this past weekend, the mountain is still almost 100% open and the trails have a thick base to ride out the upcoming warmish weather pattern. The natural snow areas are still covered but the conditions are variable with warm days and cold nights so please use caution when skiing in those areas as well as in the wooded areas.
The annual Torchlight parade was enjoyed by a record crowd of almost 400 people, followed by a very nice fireworks display. Thanks to all who participated in this family fun event!
The Cross country skiing has also been great since the natural snows last week. The warm weather has taken it's toll on conditions and our ability to groom the trail network, so please bear with us. We will groom when conditions allow to freshen up the tracks and skate lane, but if the snow does not set-up at night, any grooming operations will only cause more damage than good. For the most part, there is a nice wide skate lane and double tracks set on the golf course. In Section 5, we were able to pack and set track after the last storm, so conditions are good, but the warm weather has also caused some variable conditions so please use caution when skiing, particularly after a cold night, which will firm up snow. Just as a reminder, now that we have our Cross Country trails up and running; Please, when using the cross country trails on the golf course, do not bring your pets since they mess up the tracks. If you want to adventure with your pet, please do so in Section 5 and maintain control of your pet at all times. Also if snow shoeing, please do so outside of any set ski tracks.
The skating pond is safe for skating but on the warm days, it may be closed to protect the ice surface. The sledding hill has been packed and is open for the week, but again, with warm weather, conditions will vary and early on cold mornings, it might be icy so please use caution!
Enjoy & Think Snow!!!
Skiing & Riding Off Designated Trails
Please Use Extreme Caution and Good Judgement
If you ski or ride off the groomed trails or in the woods, you leave the open and designated trails at our Club. The Quechee Lakes Landowners’ Association is not responsible for any damage or injury to any person who utilizes the ski area facilities to access terrain outside the open and designated trails. [12 V.S.A. 1038.] Vermont law also states that you may be billed for search and rescue activities for your rescue.
Woods Skiing and Riding: Open and designated trails at the Quechee Ski Area are generally within the groomed edges of trails. All other areas, including woods that are accessible from the Quechee Ski Area facilities, are not part of the designated trails. If you choose to ski/ride in the woods (or in other non-designated areas), please know that these areas are not opened, closed, inspected, marked, or patrolled in any way by the Quechee Ski Area.
The woods (and other non-designated areas) will contain countless hazards and can be life-threatening, including the possibility of being severely injured in remote locations and/or becoming lost and freezing to death. Search and rescue operations are conducted
in Vermont woods each winter for lost skiers and riders who choose to leave the designated terrain and ski or ride in the woods. These searches are not always successful. If you do choose to ski or ride in the woods, or otherwise leave the designated trails, please be sure you are prepared to endure extreme conditions. Never ski or ride in the woods alone and never enter the woods after 3pm in the afternoon.
Pets, including dogs, are not permitted at any time on QLLA common land, including golf courses, ski hill, Clubhouse and beach areas. Pets are permitted on our Section 5 hiking trails, and we ask that you properly dispose of their waste.