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Old 12-03-2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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Default Trail Conditions 12-03-13

First trail condition report of the season.

Things are starting to shape up very slowly out there. The cold nights are starting to put a little frost into the ground, and there is a little snow on the tail already - not really enough to ride well on, but it is there. We have even done just a little panning on the RR Grade, - unofficially.

The signing is all done. Brushing projects accomplished. Grading was all done. We were ready for the snow. The week before Thanksgiving, they started a logging operation North of Brevort, and it looks like we will be dealing with a lot of logging trucks on that trail for most of the winter. Huge numbers of logs to come out of there. With the rain we got, there were parts of that trail that were utterly destroyed, and so bad that Chris decided we could not wait. He spent almost all Friday night out there with the blade smoothing things out so it freezes in a ridable condition. If the loggers are willing to work with us at all, then we should be able to get through the operation OK. We are keeping the blade in that area for the next week or 2, just in case we have to fill in the ruts one more time before a big snow.

In Moran, most of you know we always have a problem with the snow blowing off the trail. Last weeks snow events but about 4" of snow down. After some discussion, we decided to take a short term loss, and hopefully a long term gain. When Christ was driving out to Brevort with the blade, he was panning the trail with the front blade, and it was packing in and turning out well. We decided to use the rear blade, and skim all of the snow and weeds off the the side of the trail in Moran, and hopefully this berm will now catch much more snow over the course of the season. We planned on doing this with dirt, so it is a good option to try. Yes we lost most of the snow over the stretch, but I think it will pay off in storms later this season. If it works as well as I think it will, we will berm it with dirt this summer, and then it will help with snow season after season to come.

The Brusher is back in SI to be converted over to grooming. An evening of maintenance and we should be ready to go. Other then that, it is the first week of Dec, and we have some snow on the ground. After tomorrow, forecast is in the 20s for the near future, so all we will need is a foot of snow to get things going.

So here is to a good season to come. Hopefully we will be grooming and then riding soon!
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