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    Christie conditions?

    Anyone been at Christie since the big thaw?
    Pure ice or rideable?

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    To answer my own question - Christie is in great shape. Was on the Pugsley.
    Thanks to all the people that must have been out picking up branches.

    The double track is icy with about 2 inches of fresh snow on top but it wasn't a problem, no slipping.
    The single track has a couple of inches of crunchy old snow with 1 to 2 inches of fresh snow on top. The crunchy snow gives great traction.
    No problems with ice at all. Open areas need a bit of traffic on them, they are hard work but very rideable.
    Happy Hawthorn was like that since it's open - rideable but hard work, needs a couple more bikes through it.
    The Trillium trail is rideable and good end to end. I cleaned up a couple of big deadfalls and its all clean.
    Crash and Berm had a lot of branches on it but I cleaned it up and it's good end to end. Couple of branches are frozen down so I had to just break the small branches off. There is the top of a pine on the trail at the top of Crash and Berm that I couldn't move but I was able to break the end off so you can get by.
    Didn't make it to Runway or the new part of Crash and Berm.

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    Was at Christie today. The section of the Trillium trail in the pines is rideable - from the start to the X crossing at Happy Hawthorn and back through the pines. I walked most of Happy Hawthorn - it's not rideable without a lot more traffic. The eastern part of the Trillium trail hasn't had much traffic, I didn't try it.
    The snow is so fine and cold that it doesn't give much traction, lots of side slipping traversing hills. Will need to age a bit. Lots of ski and snowshoe traffic on the Trillium trail through the pines. I went back and forth a bunch of times so it's not bad.

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    What's the werd out @ Christie these days? Rideable or no...? Would be nice to switch things up a bit.
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    I was there Tuesday afternoon.
    Hard to describe. Definitely fatbike only. The snow is crusty so rideable anywhere there has been traffic. The road back in is very bumpy but rideable. I rode the Trillium trail back to the X interchange at Happy Hawthorn and back several times. It's OK and rideable, a bit frustrating trying to stay on the foot wide track. But I can't ride a line if my life depended on it. The open area going east after crossing the double track is a bit loose. Traction is good, any time I walked it was just due to getting off line.
    Some of the other tracks look like they could be ridden if they got some traffic on them.

    I see they are finally starting to clean up the downed trees etc. in the park.
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    Anyone been on the trails at Christie? I haven't been there since the thaw.
    Assuming we don't get much rain today and tonight will they be rideable for the weekend?
    Otherwise it will be Turkey Point or Puslinch.

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    Christie trails are in great shape and all cleaned up. A few spots where the ground is soft enough to leave tread marks but thats it. There is some rutting in 2 or 3 spots where people have been on it when it was wet.

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    Was at Cristie today, Saturday. Took the fat bike cause I expected conditions to be soft. Big surprise, trails were solid, no soft spots at all. One tiny puddle but even it wasn't soft.
    Wanted to try out the OnOne floater that just arrived, replaced the Endomorph. Seems like a good tire, wish I had ordered 2. I've been playing with a 22lb carbon 26er lately, couldn't believe how heavy the Pugsley was. Sounds like a tractor going through the berms but once you get it rolling it keeps going, corners like you wouldn't believe.
    My 2nd fastest time for Ebb and Flow and G-out trail, seems hard to believe.
    A bunch of kids were up there playing on the G-out, having a ball. Was waiting for someone to crash but they were doing great.

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    It's been really busy at Christie every time I've so far this season. I always seem to see at least one or two riders out there no matter what time it is.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Was up at Christie late this afternoon. Looks like lots of people have been riding when it was wet and soft - lots of ruts. Was surprised, even G-out had ruts on the loops.

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    Anyone been up at Christie this week? Wonder if it is icy after last weekend's thaw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    Anyone been up at Christie this week? Wonder if it is icy after last weekend's thaw?

    I can't speak directly to Christie, but I've attempt to ride locally in Hamilton and it's extremely icy. I made it around the Iroquois trails on my fatbike (no studs) but it wasn't very much fun. Heard reports of Waterdown being very icy as well.

    So I suspect that Christie saw a fair amount of traffic before the thaw to pack down the trails and is likely very similar as that's all turned into ice.

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    I was there for a walk around on Wednesday, looks like singletrack is all ice, but I did see someone riding a bike with their dog on the doubletrack, it was some crunchy snow mixed in with the ice, they weren't crashing so I'd assume they had studded tires.

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    Mr. Monster's been there really recently and says it's a skating rink. The doubletrack is barely rideable without studs and the singletrack is impossible. Also, there was obviously someone who rode there in the late fall when they really shouldn't have, leaving deep ruts. That said, the logging is supposed to start sometime in the next couple of months, so one bad bike track might be pretty minor.

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    Yep, was polished ice almost everywhere. Even the double track. Put the studded tires on the 26er last night.
    Even with studs, had to put a foot down sometimes. Still had a good ride.
    Other than the ice, the trails are pretty good, not too narrow. Some ruts, must have been a few people riding last Sunday in the slush.
    Ran into 3 guys with regular tires - not sure how they made it as far as they did. One other rider with studded tires.

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