RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY!
The $25 voluntary membership fee is a grooming fee — not a user fee. Every dollar you donate goes toward the costs of trail maintenance. It’s a small price to pay for groomed trails in the back country. For one small dividend, you can insure your winter recreation fun on the West Elk trails.
Send in your $25 voluntary membership fee today. And since we’re still paying off the trailer we bought last year, how about adding in a little extra to make life a little easier for our grooming crew. If we have enough funds we hope to add a track setter. Help us make this the best season ever. Renew your membership today!
Peggy Tibbetts, Sec/Treas
West Elk Multi-Use Club
PO Box 129
Silt, CO 81652
DID YOU KNOW?
Some people think the Forest Service is responsible for grooming the West Elk trails in winter. Please tell your friends and fellow trail users that dedicated volunteers groom the trails year after year. All they ask is that trail users pitch in $25 to show their support and appreciation. Donate today!
West Elk Multi-Use Club thanks Holy Cross Energy Round Up Foundation and the Town of New Castle for their financial support. We thank all trail users who continue to support the West Elk trails with their volunteer hours and their donations.
On October 5, Tod Tibbetts and Todd Kupka spent the day doing fall trail maintenance, brush cutting and clearing downfall. The recent snow accumulations combined with cold temps make for the perfect beginnings of a great base layer. Snow conditions permitting, grooming operations will begin in mid-December.
Last season, groomers logged 270 volunteer hours on trail maintenance. Our grooming crew included: Todd Kupka, Art Dahl, Tod Tibbetts, Bruce Kime, Peggy Tibbetts, Brian Schwarz, Edgar Davidson, and Melissa Dehaan. We thank them all for their hard work.
Did you notice the camera mounted on the tree along Hwy 819 last season? We count trail users — including deer and coyotes. We counted approximately 700 trail users (including repeat users) during the 2013-14 ski season, which is about a 20% increase over last season (2012-13). The majority of West Elk trail users are from Silt, Rifle, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, and Carbondale.
This year — as every 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.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS!
Beautiful Spring Day on the Trail
The season is winding down. Tod Tibbetts ran snowmobile around Erik’s Loop and Todd Kupka ran the ginzugroomer on Hwy 819, Kay’s Loop and the Cut Off Trails. Last week, the trails got around 6-8 inches of spring snow. With the warm days and cold nights, the trail will get glazed.
Trail marking stakes will be pulled next Saturday so get out and enjoy the last couple weeks of a maintained trail.
Todd Kupka ran the ginzugroomer on all trails on Friday, March 21. All trails are in excellent spring skiing condition. The hills on Hwy 819 are beginning to ice up a little, but otherwise the snow is still fairly soft. Prepare for changing snow conditions, fast in the sunny areas and slower in the woods.
The last weekend of March (29-30) will be final grooming operations. The signs and stakes will be pulled the first weekend in April (5-6). If you can help please contact Tod Tibbetts: firstname.lastname@example.org