Category: Grooming News

New Tracks on Turkey, and Most Other Trails (updated and edited at 8:45am)

Snowcat/Ginzu combo has the snow tilled pretty well.

11° at 7:00AM, forecast high 32°

17km Open Double tracks on the Turkey, Woodcock, Snow Goose, Grouse, Goshawk, and Lower Blue Jay. Single track on the  Chickadee.(Chickadee is a little thinner than the lower trails, so a little rougher.)  The tracks are beautiful. The skiing is going to be nice. Wow, the sky is blue and the sun is out and warm. What a great day to be outside. ... 

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Adding snow to Chickadee

It doesn’t look too bad out there. We had to leave one area alone – two big wet spots that would melt any snow that we put in before it drains and freezes more. Lots of spots with dirty snow (tree debris), but it’ll be open another couple days at least!

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Perfect Tracks Cause Stress!

I was the first to get to ski up the Blue Jay. I did not want to be the first to herringbone and wreck the tracks.  And anyone who has skied up the hill behind the barn know it gets pretty darn steep. It was a super hard arm work out.

Ian gets a ski, after grooming and before heading out to take the Burr and Burton ski team to a race. He is a very happy camper with the way the new groomer is working, the tracks are great and the corduroy is pretty. A very happy camper!!!!  ... 

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Dirty Snow

We’ll call it “off-white”

We’ve definitely got some nasty snow out there. A couple weeks worth of wind and rain have knocked down lots of leaves, bark and pine cones. It looks slightly better after the groomer mixes it a bit. New snow would improve things considerably!

Sometimes pre-winter trail work doesn’t last through the winter. In one of our major rain events, this culvert got plugged with leaves, so the water found another way down: through the snow on the trail. With Jonathan and Helena’s help, we pulled the culvert out, cleared the leaves, reset the culvert and shoveled the trail back in with snow. ... 

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A New Groomer!

The side X side is here. A Polaris Ranger 900 with tracks.

Chuck and Ian have been wanting this for a while. Chuck tells me I can drive it instead of my beloved 4 wheeler and it won’t hurt my hip. I love my 4 wheeler, I hope he isn’t right.

We also have a new groomer coming. This new piece of equipment is what you pull behind the Polaris. A  Yellowstone Track Systems groomer called a ginzu. ... 

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