Welcome to the 2019-2020 X-country Season at TOP!
CURRENT CONDITIONS at TOP
Monday, March 23 – TOP meadow is groomed and skiable. Come on up and enjoy the peace and beauty! Conditions should be good before noon.
Wednesday, March 4 – TOP groomed Tuesday p.m. The best time to ski is late morning or before sunset.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 – TOP groomed corduroy all around. Be careful of bare spots on North 40.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 – TOP re-groomed Wednesday evening to smooth things out.
Tuesday, Feb. 11 – TOP groomed classic and skate all around; 6 inches of fresh snow!
Tuesday, Feb. 4 – TOP groomed corduroy all around.
Wednesday, Jan. 29 – TOP groomed for skate and classic!
Tuesday, Jan. 28 – TOP groomed for classic only; too warm for skating.
Thursday, Jan. 23 – TOP groomed skate and classic. Room for snowshoers on opposite side of classic track. Share the trail!
Saturday, Jan. 18 – TOP groomed.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 – TOP was freshly groomed on Monday afternoon.
Tuesday, Jan. 7 – TOP groomed but getting hard packed. Next groomings will be done on Jan. 13 and Jan. 19. Conditions are variable right now, so bring your skate skis and your classic skis just in case.
Monday, Dec. 30 – TOP groomed - classic and skate skiing all around.
Sunday, Dec. 29 – The most recent storm system brought 12 inches of new snow to Top of the Pines. Trail system is packed down and classic track is set. It is currently too soft to skate.
Thursday, Dec. 26 – TOP groomed corduroy all around. Will set classic track after next storm. A few bare patches on North Forty Loop.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 – TOP groomed today. Classic and skating all around.
Monday, Dec. 9 – Freshly groomed with 8’ of corduroy all around. A few bare spots on North Forty trail. Ski in control.
Saturday, Nov. 30 – TOP is open for Nordic season 2019/20! Thin conditions will exist until we get more snow. Please park in the first parking area.
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. Black Thorne Construction is plowing the road beyond the TOP cross country ski trailhead to provide its crew access to a job site at a private home on Highland Drive. TOP ski users should not attempt to drive beyond the trailhead since several vehicles have become mired in deep snow and have blocked the road. Please park your vehicles at the trailhead and proceed into TOP on your skis or snowshoes.
WINTER DOG POLICY: Dogs allowed on ski trails on Thursdays and Sundays. Please clean up after them and keep them under voice control.
EMAIL ALERTS: If you would like to receive trail condition updates, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add you to the list!
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. Dogs permitted on Thursdays and Sundays. Otherwise, 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 in the winter. 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!