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    Cape Snow

    Anyone been out at Otis or ToT? looking for a snow report.
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    Not yet, but interested in heading down soon if we get some positive news on here.

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    id be interested to hear about pine hills or duxbury too

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    Since I'm 3 miles from Duxbury, I'll speculate based on the conditions in my yard - the well-traveled areas will be a mix of hardpack, a bit of ice, and soft snow, and much of the singletrack will be untouched breakable crust and difficult to ride due to the up/down terrain. Probably ok to get in a short ride where it's gotten a good amount of foot traffic.

    We rode Wompy again last night (I rode it solo during the storm Tuesday night), mostly on the roads, but a few areas of singletrack as well. The sled tracks were firm where the snow was thin, but soft in a lot of other places and it took a bit of skill and low air pressure to finesse it. Definitely a good workout. Untracked snow had a slight breakable crust, rideable on the flats or going downhill (I aired down my Pugsly tires pretty low). The others behind me were able to make it through as well, but they probably had a more difficult time with smaller tires. Here's the area we covered.
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    cool man, thanks a ton for the info!

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    Hah! Cape snow!?

    Come on down boys (and girls), the cape is good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceboxsteve View Post
    Hah! Cape snow!?

    Come on down boys (and girls), the cape is good to go.
    Great, thanks!
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    My buddy rode ToT this afternoon..His quote "Use a fender if it's your pleasure..Pretty muddy. Hose down bikes n' dog".

    Still snow left in areas that aren't hit by direct sun at Otis as of 3:30pm. I work on the same property as some of the trails..Not 100% gone. I'll be out there tomorrow AM regardless

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    Pinehills is good to go. Same as above for the snow. Only a couple spots that are always shaded have snow. Place drains very well so mud is never a problem but the wet leaves and roots are very slick. Place doesn't see as much bike traffic so the fall leafs stick around a little longer.

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    Rode 13 mile loop in Yarmouth today. Dry as a bone.
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    Cape Snow

    ToT was good today, just a few muddy spots here and there. We rode mainly north of the power lines and west of Chase.
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    FYI for anyone looking for trail conditions on the Cape. The local riders are doing their best to post all recent trail reports to the Cape Cod NEMBA Facebook Page. We are also using it to help organize trail days, meetings, and group rides.

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    doesn't look good for snowless riding on the cape for awhile. did anyplace sneak by and not get blasted by this stupid storm? maybe nickerson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adumb View Post
    doesn't look good for snowless riding on the cape for awhile. did anyplace sneak by and not get blasted by this stupid storm? maybe nickerson?
    Based on weather reports, I would expect the entire cape to be under snow.
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    I just drove from Falmouth to Sandwich and so far I see snow.

    That's why I'm breaking out the skis. Hopefully its not too cold tonight. Or I'll have to ski faster.

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    After yesterday's warm temps and rain, does anyone know how TOT or Otis looks. Is there still snow or icy conditions? I would be traveling from the Worcester area on my day off tomorrow to ride.

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    Not sure if this helps but here's the current snow depth map. According to this, there shouldn't be much snow on the cape.

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    I also saw that snow depth chart and am contemplating a Thursday trip to Otis... Confirmation of no snow would be great.

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    in Plymouth which is pretty near by we have less than an inch of snow with less than 50% coverage. the small layer that is left is pretty hard packed and crunchy. it shouldn't slow you down like the slushy stuff does. not sure where you guys are from but if you can wait until the weekend when it is a little warmer i bet there won't be any snow left, and it should be in the 40's. i plan on going out on Saturday so I will try to report back.

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    I live in Falmouth and haven't been out riding (but man did I love tossing on the skinnys), but from work (I was surveying in the woods yesterday) and just being here it looks rideable. I may or may not be joining some guys tonight, if we/they go I may have a better idea how Otis is. Also if anyone is planning on coming down, I'd likely be up for an Otis ride Saturday.

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    Rode Otis last night, right off the bat hit some snow and was surprised. There were still pockets of snow deep enough to make you push the bike. It was definitely a grueling pedal in places. That being said I still was spinning for at least 80-90% of the time. The snow seemed to get worse the "deeper" into Otis you got, we didn't go all the way to the rotary. Also, amount of ice in spots. Was one of those sort of miserable rides (freaking cold too) but worth it. But, temps are suppose to increase so I doubt this stuff will be much of an issue moving forward.

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    Not exactly MTB, but this will be a great event and on the Otis trails. Sadly it is the weekend of NEMBA's Northeast Summit.

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    what cha'got?

    Out here on the lower cape seems like 6"+. Kinda light and drifted in spots with a sub layer of crust maybe 1"? The 10 day forecast says this stuff is going to be here for awhile temp wise. The past few days we've been snowshoeing out at Nickerson. Got a couple good miles packed in out around the Ruth pond stuff out to freemans. Going out tomorrow in the am to see how it set up. I'll report back..
    So where are ya? How much did you get? anything rideable?
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    Hey Dan, how was it? Anything passable on a 29'er?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the kraken View Post
    Hey Dan, how was it? Anything passable on a 29'er?
    Fat tires we're the way to go today, 38° compressed the snow to about 4" of mash potato. I'd say 90% of trails have seen some sort of traffic, snow shoes,xc skis, dog walkers so the trails are packed. It's snowing lightly right now and then supposed to freeze later and not get much above 20° tomorrow. As long as it cold enough I'm sure any tire size will work. Studs might be the way to go as it freezes up this week.
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    Cool thanks!

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    anybody know what the snow situation/trail conditions are at either tot or nickerson. I am in Plymouth and we still have probably 3 inches that isn't going anywhere soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adumb View Post
    anybody know what the snow situation/trail conditions are at either tot or nickerson. I am in Plymouth and we still have probably 3 inches that isn't going anywhere soon.
    Nickerson has around 3" of the hard and crusty stuff. It was really hard to get around. Some pics from today:












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    Does anyone have a recent trail report from Otis or ToT?
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    Dirtyjack, I just posted in the Nickerson thread.

    Per the Wednesday crew Otis was good to go. They walked one section and were riding skinnys. I assume this cold means its nice and frozen.

    That being said, snow is looming for Sunday. Get out and ride tomorrow is my advice. I'll be out there.

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    Cape Snow

    Thanks Steve
    Will probably ride Sunday morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyjack View Post
    Does anyone have a recent trail report from Otis or ToT?
    I was there on Tuesday and it was pretty great. I know they got a little snow since then and the snow depth chart I go by looks questionable. I'm considering Duxbury and trying to find out if it's better there.
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    Cape Snow

    I rode Dux today. I was glad I mounted the studs, there was a lot of ice. But lots of bare too. Lesser travelled trails are still best on a fat bike
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    Can some one update us on the riding in Ottis, i know your going to get some snow this week but it looks like it going to warm up and rain a few days after. I'm getting my new bike any day now, and will drive 2.5 hours to ride it if the trails are in good shape
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    As of yesterday, the trails were in awesome shape. NEMBA had about 20 people doing a trail clean up ride, and there were several large groups from off-Cape enjoying the trails.

    Now, as we're apparently about to get a few more inches of snow, and then rain later in the week, I'm going to assume that Otis will be saturated this weekend. I suggest you check back in midweek next week. Cape trails drain very well, so Otis may be ready again by the weekend of 4/5 (if the snowstorm misses the Cape, though, this weekend should be good).
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    Thanks LS, i wouldn't be heading down for a week or so but thanks for the update, keep us posted on the trails please
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    Sooo how did you guys make out in this last storm? Think the trails in Otis will be snow free a week from now?
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    Made out fine. 3" maybe. It'll be gone in a couple days. Trails should be good for Apr 4-5-6 weekend.
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    Thanks LS
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    Quote Originally Posted by vice grips View Post
    Thanks LS
    I plan to head down there soon, too.

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    No snow on the Cape at all.

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    Sweet. Otis or Duxbury tomorrow...

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