Monday, 18 February 2019

Monday Feb. 18 2019, 9:00 AM

Large Pond

Safety:  very good; most of the ice is 22-28 cm thick; the extreme northeast corner is 18 cm thick.  Thanks to Eric K. 

for ice measurements.

Caution: the path from the parking lot to the pond is very slippery.

Surface: excellent on the track and on small patches at the north and south ends.  The rest is of variable quality and littered with frozen foot prints.


Small Pond

Deep and unstable; do not use! 


Thursday, 14 February 2019

Thursday Feb. 14 2019, 5:00 PM

Large Pond

Safety:  not measured since Tuesday, Feb. 12, but likely to still be very good, as little to no rain fell.


Surface
Darrell S. reports the 15 cm of snow from yesterday's storm is sitting on the ice but not fusing to it; the surface is still good underneath.  He has snow-blown a track, and we hope to clean it up with shovelling tomorrow.

Small Pond

Deep and unstable; do not use!  The snow cover will hide potential danger spots.


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Tuesday Feb. 12 2019, 12:00 PM

Large Pond

Safety:  very good.  Ice 20-30 cm thick over most of surface, with a small area of 15 cm thick ice at the extreme northeast corner. Most ice is dark and only somewhat bubbly.


Surface:  good to very good; completely free of snow or crust; at least 90% is skatable.


Small Pond

Deep and unstable; do not use!  The ice looks beautiful, but has not been measured.


Sunday, 10 February 2019

Observed:  Sunday Feb. 10 2019, 4:00 PM

Large Pond

Safety:  very good.  Ice 18-25 cm thick, and of good quality.  There is a tiny spot or two of open water along the eastern side, but ice two metres away is still 18 cm thick. 


Surface:  good to very good; completely free of snow or crust.  At least 90% of the surface is skatable, and thanks to some timely snow blowing by Darrell S., most of the large track is especially smooth.



Thanks to Chris D. for the enthusiastic report that prompted this visit.

Small Pond

Deep and unstable; do not use!  The ice looks beautiful, but has not been measured.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Observed:  Friday Feb. 1 2019, 5:00 PM

Large Pond

Safety:  good overall.  Ice 18-25 cm thick. There are some surface wet spots close to the east edge, but the ice underneath is still 18 cm.


Surface:  fair to poor.  Thanks to shoveller Chris D. who cleared a rink and twin ovals on the east side.  Most of the remaining surface is crusty and cannot be shovelled, although can be skated on with caution.


Small Pond

Deep and unstable; do not use!
Observed:  Thursday Jan. 31 2019, 5:00 PM

Large Pond

Safety:  good.  Not measured since previous visit, but no signs of degradation.


Surface:  fair to poor.  Most of the surface is now covered with a thin crust that makes skating difficult or impossible.  This crust is tough enough that shovelling is not feasible on most of the pond.  A small rink and partial track were cleared on the northeast corner which had no crust, but last night's snow squalls have probably covered it again.  That section might be worth clearing again.


Small Pond

Deep and unstable; do not use!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Observed:  Tuesday Jan. 29 2019, 9:00 AM

Large Pond

Safety:  good.  Ice 18-25 cm thick; upper layers bubbly, but dense overall.


Surface:  fair to poor.  Finely bumpy overall, with patches of 0.5 cm crumbly ice, and frozen skating tracks which must have

been made in slush.

Small Pond

Deep and unstable; do not use!