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Old 12-25-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Storm 12-21-12

So if you have been following anything in the sledders Internet realm, you know that certain parts of the state got seriously hammered by last weeks storm. This thread is a wrap up for the storm and a place for people to post up any pics that you may have.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: Storm 12-21-12

Trail Conditions:

My forecast was correct, on my street we got 5", but up on top of the hill, and just outside of town looking at 10". 10" reported in Moran, 12"+ in Cut River, and 14"+ in Trout Lake. This is the best storm I have seen for sledders in over 3 years, I can't remember the last time we got this much of HEAVY WET snow. The ground is still warm, and we didn't have much frost with all the rain last morning, but we will work it a little and it should form a good base.

Forecast for the next couple days is sun and cold temps, so it should stay around. Santa delivers a white and RIDABLE Christmas this year. Trails will be busy all over the state this weekend, so please remember this is still early season riding, there are no corner signs out there, and sometimes people are stupid - be safe. The heavy wet snow was pulling tree branches down, so be on the lookout for trail obstructions today and tomorrow.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:50 PM   #3
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OK, I thought this storm was fantastic, and I just went from hero to zero. Trails are in very very very bad shape, bordering on impassible. The groomer is aborting his run out of Iggy, and returning via Castle Rock Road, as the grade is not fit to run, EVEN ON RETURN! At this point, I am not sure what we are going to do. The trees, up to 6" are bent over the trail, and are NOT springing back after the snow is knocked off them.

I may have to find crews to hire and go and clear the trails. I am trying to find guys with sleds that can do a recon trip yet today.

There will be no more grooming today.

Take note of these pics, and take special note of the ones taken BEHIND the drag. I have never seen this before.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:52 PM   #4
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Default Re: Storm 12-21-12

Here is the skinny so far.

Iggy to Castle Rock road, very tough going, you may be able to pick your way through with a sled, I would not guarentee it.

Castle Rock to Moran, is passable, but you will have to deal with some issues.

Castle Rock and Round Lake Roads, starting the Western loop are CLOSED until further notice.

I am trying to hire guys to clear the damage tomorrow. Updates will come here.

500' of solid trees on Caste Rock Road
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:56 PM   #5
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Default Re: Storm 12-21-12

Morning update from crews. We have 4 crews of over a dozen guys and gals out there working to clear trails. They started at the outer limits of the damage and are working to wards each other. The Dam Rd is clear, and the 2 crews working the RR Grade just linked up at Castle Rock, which means you can now ride out of town. All 4 crews are now working Castle Rock and Round Lake roads.

This means the western side of the lower loop is still closed until further notice, but the eastern side is open, and ridable, but ungroomed. The lower loop may not be groomed for a little while.

Bobby reported in at 4am on the Northern loops. Trails are in good to very good condition with 3 water holes. He will be headed up to the caffey today. He has cut a few trees, but not nearly the problem that we have in the Iggy area.

Make the reservations, we are getting things fixed up for ya.!
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:16 PM   #6
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Default Re: Storm 12-21-12

OK, an after-storm update. A quick estimate is over 120 man hours of brush cutting. It looks like aside from a few trees here and there, and 8-10 on the Cedarville trail, the damage was confined to South of Moran. We formed up several crews and attacked the problem from 4 directions. The Castle Rock Road, and Round Lake Roads were in the worst shape. Everything is currently brushed open, and groomed up. There is still some work to be done on overhanging stuff on those roads, but sleds will not have any issues. Check out some of the stuff the guys had to deal with.

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Notice how the snow is caked to everything even deep into the trees.
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Christmas card quality.
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This is Round Lake Road. About 1/2 the entire length looked like this, and it was tree after tree - endless.
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It didn't take long for the crew to punch through, but then it was move up 100 feet, and do it all over again.
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The fir trees loaded down were just crazy. Branches we though were way clear, and had been in previous years were causing big problems, even hitting the hood of my truck.
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Cleaned that corner up well.
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Over to Castle Rock Road, mostly bigger trees here.
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Some of the leaners were 15' off the trail, and were just not springing back.
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Just look at this mess! I am amazed the crews punched through this stuff in one day.
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Even with all the work, we are not going to get every last leaner. These ones are in OK shape, and really high. I'm not sure if these trees will ever come back. Hope so.
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Everything is STILL caked out there.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:18 PM   #7
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Default Re: Storm 12-21-12

We lost a lot of trees out on the trail. We lost a lot of trees around town too. Things are getting cleaned up, slowly.

If you got any pics for experiences post them up!
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:21 PM   #8
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Default Re: Storm 12-21-12

Wish we could have made it up to help. Looks like alot of work to get the trees down in a foot or more of snow. Nice job, Looks good!

I am going to get one of those fold-up hand saws to keep on my sled.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:39 AM   #9
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Default Re: Storm 12-21-12

A few extra pics I just got.
All on RR Grade
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