January 17th, 2013
Snow conditions in the Midwest have been far from ideal but the trails at Wirth are looking good for the up coming Tour de Twin Cities Supertour races. What natural snow there was in MN took a beating when it rained and now almost all trails are closed because they are glare ice, like this pic from the outer loop at Elm Creek, or because the coverage is simply too thin. Fortunately, Wirth has been making snow and conditions are solid. All 5 of the upcoming Tour de Twin Cities Supertour races will now take place at Wirth. Details on the races can be found at http://www.tourdetwincities.com/.
With 5 races in 9 days I have been doing some prep work so I am ready when things get busy. A big part of this is getting skis figured out. The temperature has been all over the place so testing has been a little bit of a challenge. It looks like it will be in the high 20′s Saturday and then O Sunday. Additionally, the course is a mix of old transformed man made snow, sharp new man made snow, and icy old natural snow. To do any accurate testing, all ski must have the same wax for fair comparison. With the rapidly changing temperature and various snow conditions that meant getting a lot of different skis ready.
Snow conditions throughout the state are poor but thanks to the hard work of Wirth we should have great conditions for racing.