Spring Skiing at Freedom Park, Randolph NJ

Five inches of wet new snow covered my car this morning.  More snow continued to fall as I dug out my driveway.  After getting my daughter to school, I took the rock skis to Freedom Park.

With the temperature hovering right around freezing, I applied Toko Silver grip wax to one ski and old Swix yellow klisterwax to the other.  I went out on the usual loop, across the football fields, downhill and across the power line.  Following the trail that parallels Millbrook Road I worked my way back up to the back side of the power line hill.  Both the Toko and the klisterwax provided adequate grip.

top of the power line hill in Freedom Park Randolph NJ

Top of the power line hill in Freedom Park.

Although  it’s great to have this much snow falling at the end of March, it’s covering bare ground as our base from January is gone.  There’s more coverage in the fields than in the woods.  Significant sections of the lowermost trails are slushy or watery; however you can ski around them.  Several times I punched down to rocks or the pavement; so bring your rock skis.

bare spot surrounded by snow in Freedom Park Randolph NJ

One of the wet spots in the park

The NOAA weather forecast calls for another three to four inches of snow tonight.  While I was skiing, the precipitation changed from wet snow to small, sharp crystals back to big, diffuse, poorly formed snowflakes.

There should be good skiing at Freedom Park tomorrow; on Friday, the temperatures will warm back into the 40s.  Get it while you can!