Category Archives: Trail Conditions

Spring skiing

M, S and K were groomed for skating this morning.  There were some big branches on the trails and ground is showing through on the edges.  It is next to impossible to set track in the ice where the existing track is so DRX and C will be left alone.

Happy trails.

Spring

While the season is not necessarily over,  our ability to groom diminishes as temperatures warm.  The machines tend to overheat when the temperatures are warm. They will shut off automatically and not allow us to use them.  Enjoy what we have and perhaps we’ll get some temperatures where some grooming can be done.  As you know, our narrow trails start to accumulate debris at this time of year which also interferes with the grooming process and slushy snow starts to turn into ice, which is ungroomable.  It’s not over ’til the robin sings and we will do what we can.  Enjoy the sun and the signs of renewed life on our chunk of land.

Happy trails.

Wednesday, March 4th

Everything was groomed this morning although some windblown snow has affected some open areas.  Any ruts will be very hard after tonight’s cold snap.  Tis the time of year when chicken little sees evidence to support his hypothesis. If you encounter big bits, feel free to toss them sideways.

Grooming policy plus update

Update – R, X and C have been groomed today. Everything is now ‘freshly’ groomed.

While the snow conditions have been thin at the star of this season, we are now at a point where we have adequate snow on most trails. Exceptions include C and until recently B. If you’ve ever walked these trails in the summer, fall or any time without snow on them, you will notice the abundance of rocks, dips and wet portions.  Grooming without adequate snow can cause severe and costly damage to our equipment – our snowmobiles are around 800 lbs by themselves and fixing broken parts can be expensive and takes time before they are put back in service.  Injuries to groomers is also possible when opening trails – we’ve had tipped and stuck machines as well as at least one sprained wrist so far this season.  Therefore, grooming decisions always take equipment and groomer safety into account.  If you’re interested in the decisions made about grooming, please read the official ‘Grooming Policy’ put out by the club (follow the link in the main menu.).

If you have the time, interest and an adequate amount of strength please don’t hesitate to contact the club regarding your interest in becoming a part of the grooming team. We are a group of hard-working volunteers who want to make our trails safe and enjoyable for all.  Thanks to all who have expressed their appreciation so far this season.

Happy trails.