Welcome to the 2018-2019 X-country Season at TOP!
CURRENT CONDITIONS at TOP
Thursday, March 14 – TOP was groomed today for probably the last time this season. Typically, ski season ends on the Ides of March ... Beware! And if you see him around town, be sure to thank to our tireless volunteer snow groomer Chris Haaland. What a winter we have had!
Monday, March 11 – TOP was groomed on Saturday evening, March 9. Conditions are kinda blown in, in the meadow, kinda icy out back. This will be the last week that TOP is groomed for the season, with the final grooming session likely taking place on Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 6 – Our volunteer groomer is back on the job, reporting that TOP is freshly groomed today, but very wet and soft.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 – TOP was most recently groomed on Sunday, Feb. 24 to smooth out the dog tracks. This time of year, conditions vary from Rock-Solid-Frozen to Wet-n-Soft. Best to go late morning or later in the afternoon. Our volunteer groomer will be gone until March 5, but don't let that stop you from getting up there and kicking around. Have fun!
Saturday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m. – TOP groomed with 12 inches of new powder. Spectacular views today.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. – TOP is freshly groomed for classic skiing at North 40 and skating in the meadow.
Sunday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. – Classic track set in meadow. Skating all around. Bluebird day!
Friday, Feb. 15: TOP groomed with 5" of new heavy powder.
Wednesday, Feb. 6: Our volunteer groomer will be out of town until Feb. 14. Have fun kicking and gliding through the powder!
Thursday, Jan. 24: TOP is groomed for classic and skating. Snow shoers, please stay far to the opposite side of the trail from where the classic ski tracks are placed. Thanks!
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019: TOP was groomed this morning!
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019: TOP is groomed for classic and skate skiing. Make sure you park in the first parking area. You will get stuck if you attempt to drive to the Pavilion. Conditions are super!
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019: TOP was groomed this morning!
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019: TOP is freshly groomed. On warm days it is usually best to ski between 10 a.m.-noon or 3:30-5:30. It can be very icy earlier in the morning, and too soft around noon. Get out and enjoy! (And don't forget to pay your skiing fee at the link below.)
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2019: TOP is groomed for both Classic and Skating. Best conditions of the last 3 years! Enjoy!
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018: TOP is groomed for Sunday. Conditions are as good as they have been in three years but still thin in places. Don't forget to donate!
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018: TOP is groomed. Be careful – snow cover is still quite thin and rocks can suddenly appear on downhill stretches.
Monday, Dec. 17, 2018: TOP is open for skiing; however it is very thin with rocks and bare spots. Best to ski in the meadow around the lake where there is a base. Enjoy!
GROOMING SCHEDULE: Our volunteer groomer typically grooms the TOP ski trails in the evenings on Thursdays and Sundays, and after big snowstorms as conditions merit. If there is enough snow, both classic and skate-skiing track will be laid in the meadow area. The North 40 is groomed for everybody with a double-wide corduroy track.
PARKING: The TOP parking lot in the meadow below the pavilion is not maintained through the winter season. Park at your own risk; several people have gotten stuck this winter.
WINTER DOG POLICY: Dogs allowed on Thursdays and Sundays.
TOP is pleased to offer 7 kilometers of trails groomed for nordic skating and classic flat-track skiing and a snowshoe trail from the parking area to the meadow. We hope all those who visit the park will appreciate it and help to preserve its pristine nature.
Guidelines for the Nordic Trails Program:
Please honor the request to pay a donation use fee. Donations are necessary for trail equipment maintenance, oil and gas. The donation box is at the trailhead. Season passes are available by calling 970-626-9788. $50 individual/$90 family donation. Season passes are fully tax deductible. Click PAY FEES button above
- No horses or dogs. The only tracks on the groomed trails are to be skiers and wild animals.
- TOP is surrounded by private property. Please stay on the designated trails to minimize impacts to the land and to avoid trespassing on private property.
- The trails are open from dawn till dusk.
- Vehicle access and parking is allowed only within the designated parking area at the trailhead. Do not drive up the Highland Drive roadway past the trail head parking lot.
- Skiers & snowshoers only; no mechanized vehicles of any kind (including ATV’s, snowmobiles, etc.) are allowed. Please do not walk on the ski trails. The footstep divots tend to freeze making it dangerous for skate skiing.
- A rustic warming hut is available – located upslope of the main pavilion building in the campground area. Please stay off and away from all structures other than the warming hut. Only use the stove and fireplace for fires. Kindling and cut firewood is located outside hut. No campfires or firearms. A stove is available for warming water, tea or coffee.
- Composting toilets are near the warming hut.
- No potable water is available on-site. You must bring your own water supply.
- There are no trash receptacles. Please pack out what you pack in.
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- All persons entering the property do so at their own risk. It is understood that TOP, Inc. assumes no risk or liability for use of the facilities.
Trail User Safety
- Safety must always be a high priority. You may encounter obstacles, ice, bumps, branches, holes, wires, etc.
- Be prepared for rapid chages due to bad weather or other unexpected outing circumstances.
- Ski with a buddy. Keep your group together. Don’t let someone lag and become lost. Keep small children in sight.
- Be considerate of others and use common sense and caution. Yeild to uphill traffic.
- The trails are not patrolled. You are responsible for your own safety Use at your own risk. Leaving the trail can be extremely dangerous – Stay on trail!