Well so far we seem to be heading slowly in the right direction and (knock on wood) we are doing better than we were last season and the season before at this time. Scouting missions to our regular early season haunts up north have shown good promise that we should have reasonable riding in the next couple of weeks on the shallower ponds and lakes. Ice boats have been out on ice nearer the coast and no further north than Umbagog. We had a good run of cold just prior to the arrival of the 2 recent snow events and may have built up enough ice up North to survive the weight of the snow while locally and South there was still open water. Which is good as we have a cold snap due in later this week and the ice making machine will be in full affect without having to deal with the insulating properties of a snow layer.
Some of our local land based riding areas, mostly in West Fryeburg, are shaping up nicely. I had a nice dawn patrol session this AM and rode several locations. To be clear, there is NO BASE. The snow that is here now is recent and if you edge too hard you will hit either dirt and rocks or cover crop. So funning a flat ski, a fat flat ski, is your best bet and if you crash, you will be crashing into ground.
Sooo, yeah, we aren't there yet. But we will be soon.
Speaking of West Fryeburg. A reminder that Green Thumb Farms very kindly allows kiter access on the properties they own or lease. But only if you have written permission. Written permission can be optained mid-week at thier office at 123 West Fryeburg Rd. They will keep a copy on file and you are required to keep a copy in whatever vehicle you are using to access the properties. In general they have no limitations on where we can ride except they specifically request that kiters stay away from the tree farm portions of the property.
At this time we are still waiting for ice conditions to become reasonable but in the interest of safety, there will likely be no ice based riding that we would recommend nearby for at least a couple more weeks.
Stay tuned. :-)
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