Temperatures are expected to be getting colder into the weekend.
Folks can expect firm to icy conditions on most of the winter trails even into the afternoon. Groomed trails have become firm, in general, for snowmobiling and skiing.
Cold temperatures without new snow (it is not expected to accumulate in the near future) means crust may become a breakable crust. In my book, one of the worst of experiences for a backcountry skier.
We are asking adults and children alike to take precautions. I understand we had at least one ambulance run over the weekend — a back injury. I've seen people even on the minor bumps catch air and separate from their sledding instrument and land on the hard, packed snow.
Until we get more snow, those conditions will remain. One precaution is to not start from the high point. Start lower on the slope — only use half of the slope — to avoid maximum velocity. Wear a helmet and avoid bumps, whether natural or human-created jumps.
Do not build warming fires anywhere but in the established fire rings. Definitely do not build them in the run-out zone, which is from the bottom of the slope to the parking lot.
Try to avoid lingering in the run-out zone. Keep your eyes to the slope to avoid getting hit.
Occasionally folks do end up sliding into the parking lot during icy conditions like this. We've had people hit parked cars.
Dogs are allowed at Wanoga Snoplay Area, but need to be on a leash at all times when on the slope or in the parking area. The dogs can be mowed over or mow people over because of the icy conditions.
The cold temperatures can be a good thing for the snow-free, low-elevation summer trails because we won't be seeing the mud in the afternoons. Summer trail users should be aware that the trails will be icy throughout the day if cold temperatures continue.