WEST ELK MULT-USE CLUB ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:30 p.m. at the Silt Branch Library
Executive Director Tod Tibbetts will conduct a short business meeting. We will also have a groomers meeting and discuss our grooming program for the 2013/2014 season.
On October 3, Tod Tibbetts and Todd Kupka spent the day doing fall trail maintenance, brush cutting and clearing downfall. Kay Robinson recently rode the trail on horseback. They all say the trail is ready for snow!
Last season, groomers logged 270 volunteer hours on trail maintenance. Our grooming crew included: Tod Tibbetts, Peggy Tibbetts, Edgar Davidson, Bruce Kime, Melissa Dehaan, Steve King, Kay Robinson, Art Dahl, and Todd Kupka. We thank them all for their hard work.
Perhaps you noticed the camera mounted on the tree along Hwy 819 last season. The Forest Service asked us for a count of the number of trail users. Our camera helped us count approximately 600 trail users (that includes repeat users) during the 2012-13 ski season. According to our past guess-timates we feel this represents a 30% increase in trail users from the previous season (2011-12). The majority of West Elk trail users are from Silt, Rifle, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, and Carbondale.
This year — as every other year — we need volunteers to help with trail maintenance, which includes snowmobile packing, snowshoe packing, trail leveling, trail marking and stake placement.
You can add your name to the schedule by contacting Tod Tibbetts.
West Elk Multi-Use Club thanks Garfield County, Holy Cross Energy Round Up Foundation, and the Town of Silt for their financial support.
The $25 voluntary membership fee is one way you can show your support and appreciation for the hard work and dedication that goes into the maintenance and grooming of our trails year after year.
Renew your membership today!
The End of Grooming for the 2012-13 Season
Taking stakes down was a multi-day event this year. Art Dahl started it off on Friday, 4/5 by gathering and piling the stakes on Eric’s Loop. Then Saturday, 4/6, Tod and Peggy Tibbetts gathered and piled the stakes on Hwy 819, Kay’s Loop and the Cut-off Trails. The snow got too soft by mid-day to run the snowmobile on the trail to pick up all the stake piles. With the cold snap and fresh snow early last week, on Wednesday, 4/10, Todd Kupka and Tod Tibbetts were able to run the snowmobiles on all the trails to pick up the piles of stakes.
For those of you that are still up for a ski or snowshoe, the base is still between a foot and 3 feet. With the warm temps two weeks ago and then the cold snap last week, the base is solid so you can go almost anywhere in the woods or meadows. With the longer days now, any place that gets direct sunlight are melting fast when it’s warm and the sunny spots on the trail have bare ground next to them and the packed snow on the trail is receeding fast.
This was a busy year on the trail with a record number of users. Thanks for all the financial support from the contributinng members. Your contributions have made it possible for all the users to enjoy the trails. Many thanks to the volunteers that gave their time for grooming the trails this year. Having the funds to operate the grooming equipment is essential, but if it weren’t for the volunteers that actually groom and maintain the trails, no one could experience the trails as they were this year. Next season, please consider giving a couple hours of your time helping out.
Last week’s snow and colder weather added about 6″ of snow on top of a firm crust. Traffic on the trails has diminished to less than a dozen poeple out last week. The skiing is good and snow shoeing will be fast.
We will be pulling stakes Saturday, April 6th.