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    Rob DeBoer
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    Indeed. Anyhoo… Rode Pottery -> Crothers -> Ridge -> Boo -> Swamp -> Woods Gundy -> SHT as well as Flats this morning, all pretty decent apart from a few greasy spots and some bad rutting on Boo and Flats. Came out with a clean bike! Loving this weather.

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    #820763

    Slab
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    Rode the ridge and everything in the west Don this morning. Everything is running great. It’s all frozen solid and a good challenge with a light dusting of snow. Our group had a variety of tire sizes with and without studs. Being studded made a big difference. Looking forward we’re going to be getting lots of nights with below zero temps. Should be great for riding.

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    #820769

    kwarwick
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    Anyone been in there today? Just wondering if riding (without studs) would be possible.

    #820770

    Dark
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    The condition was awesome last night. The thin layer of snow actually added more grip surprisingly. No need for stud. However I’m not sure how the condition will be today and tomorrow since the weather will rise to as high as 5 degrees. Get out there when you can!

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    #820783

    Dark
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    The temperature is starting to drop and I wonder if the condition is too icy to ride for non studded tires. Appreciate if anyone riding who can report back.

    #820786

    jjb
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    It’s obviously frozen now. I have studs but Gundy/Swamp/Bunny/Boo look ok for non-studs. A couple spots on Oob you might want to watch out for.

    A black glove on the north side of the big Boo log-over.

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    #820788

    jjb
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    House keys found on swamp… right after this flyby. Someone hook us up if you know him.

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    #820804

    mcbain
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    Not as cold, snowy or windy as expected this morning but that seems to be changing. All the low trails from Crothers to SHT were good to go on non-studded fat tires. Expect some glacial build-ups on Beaver Flats mainly at the two washouts that will be hidden by the snow.

    Hopefully a steady stream of riders throughout the day will pack the snow as it comes/if it comes. Consider following some fresh tracks as you may discover some new-ish bits of trail. Or you may get lost. Either way it’ll be an adventure.

    Road closure at Millwood/Laird: If you’re driving to the Loblaws trailhead be aware that as of 9:30 am the railway underpass was still closed in both directions for a brutal accident investigation.

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    #820805

    ldpldp
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    Was out this morning and rode the ridge and moletown. Perfect conditions! 2.2 Conti Xkings were totally fine. hopefully it doesn’t snow too too much, as it should be good all week.

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    #820806

    flydyl
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    Time for studded tires? Hey folks, been away and off the bike for over a month. Seems like its cold and snowy and is going to be that way going forward. So: I was thinking about putting studded tires on my cyclocross bike (for the Flats, Boo, Beltline, etc.) and my MTB (for Pottery, the Ridge, Beaver Flats, Swamp, etc). Would be glad to hear if folks think it’s time for studs or no.

    #820807

    mcbain
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    Challenging conditions but worth the effort. Fat tires track WAY better than skinny and studs don’t seem to make a difference as the riding is definitely floaty. This snow is slow hardening moreso than packing so be prepared to work. Best bets are the Flats/Beaver/Boo having all seen multiple passes of boots and tires. They also seemed extra hilly! The few riders on skinny tires were definitely working considerably harder. Also saw a solo rider *nearly* end up in the river off the N end Flats underpass. yikes!

    #820824

    mcbain
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    Yesteryday/Saturday was a studs-only affair. With the new snow I thought I’d give 4.6 stud-less a try and found it to be generally hard going. Fingers crossed that the fluffy snow bonds to the ice beneath. Time to break out the snowshoes!

    Good – lower trails with a scalloped tread were fairly forgiving, as was the paved path and wide open fields. Check out the amazing piles of ice chunks in the river. The Science Centre pond is also worth exploring.
    Not-so-good – anything with outslope, hills, and sharp turns
    Ugly – Crothers. I could barely walk up and out!

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    #820860

    mcbain
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    Conditions are highly variable: expect highs and lows, laughter and tears.

    Paved path from Pottery Road up to south end of ET Seton is one long narrow bootpacked skinny, then plowed from circle parking lot northbound to ???

    Solid bootpack on central parts of Crothers, the Flats, the Swamp. I’m *guessing* there’s more bootpacked skinny trail further north through Serena Gundy & SHT.

    Beaver Flats has had enough boots, skis, and snowshoes to make it mostly do-able with fat tires.

    Most of Boo saw its first snowshoes this morning so not advisable. Same with trails in and around the Science Centre pond.

    -8 almost feels like shorts and t-shirt weather! Hopefully tomorrow’s plus temperatures will result in a well-packed (but not icy!) tread.

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    #820861

    mcbain
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    On snowshoes for a second lap of Boo / Beaver / pond trails. Lots of deep-bass whooooomp snow compaction happening and way more rideable today than yesterday. Low pressure fat tires will rule the day and put the finishing touches on grooming.

    Since the trails are essentially kilometres of level 20″ wide skinnies without passing lanes, who has the right of way?

    #820862

    GeezeeRider
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    Road my way from the Beltline at Yonge to the pave Don trail at Pottery Road, to Seaton park. Totally rideable, even when you fall off the 20″ wide packed bit. I tried to ride boo, but my rear tire kept washing out on anything off camber. (4.8″ on 80mm front, 3.8″ on 50mm rear). That whole Sun Valley area was rideable as well.

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