Things are shaping up!
As we had hoped the recent cold snap has opened up some new riding that is free of the death crust that covers anything that had snow on it when the last storm rolled through. We spent the better part of yesterday drilling holes at Melvin and the ice has set up great. It's still variable thickness ranging from 3.5"-7" but most of the ice we drilled it was between 6-7". The image below shows the approximate area we drilled and found the most thickness. The red zones denote spots that are traditionally thinner and we did not venture into to drill. The surface is slight windslab with little to no adhesion to the plate so you are essentially riding hard ice, just a bit quieter. We recommend taking precautions that you would normally with new ice as in make sure you're not alone, bring self rescue picks etc.
We are not taking clients out on the new ice at this time.
We're working on finding other areas on Winne that are in play. Leavitt has been ridden a bit by kite wings and ice boats in the past few days but they have not ventured far within that area. The New England Ice Yacht Association is rumored to be holding a race there Saturday 1/10/2015. We also have word that Jordan on Sebago is locked up and potentially in play. Have fun out there and be safe.
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WARNING. No ice is ever 100% safe. We offer condition reports as a service to our students and clients who are familiar with the area and as a source of general condition information to others. These reports are not intended to replace common sense or up to the minute first hand knowledge of a given area. Nor is it a substitute for common sense. When in doubt don't go out.