Odin says: “See you in December!”

April 4

Grooming operations have ended for the season on the West Elk trails. Signs and stakes were pulled today.

Thank you Todd Kupka, Tod Tibbetts, Bruce Kime, Ron Reed, Brad Henry, and Art and Melanie Dahl for helping out with trail clean-up today.

Special thanks to our groomers!
Todd Kupka
Tod Tibbetts

Additional thanks to Todd Kupka for keeping the snowmobiles running through the season.

None of this would be possible without the many donations from trail users!

National Forest Service trailhead closure DOES NOT include the West Elk trails

Click here for the White River National Forest COVID-19 information page

As long as the public continues to practice social distancing the West Elk trailhead and trails will remain open for recreation.
Please be aware the Forest Service is currently monitoring traffic volume on the Buford Road.

In order to ensure the West Elk trails returns for the 2020-21 winter recreation season,
the Bearcat snowmobile needs major repairs and we desperately need a back up sled to pull the Ginzugroomer.

Please help!

Donate today with PayPal

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Thank you!

 

 

Blast of winter on the West Elk trails

***** National Forest Service trailhead closure DOES NOT include the West Elk trails. *****
Please practice social distancing.
Click herefor the White River National Forest COVID-19 information page

March 28

With 4 to 6 inches of fresh snow and temps in the low 20s it looks like winter on the West Elk trails. As the season winds down, the trails are in great shape!

Cloudy today with light snow and occasional sun breaks. Todd Kupka groomed trails. The snow on top of the groomed trails is soft. Tod Tibbetts and Odin tracked Eric’s Loop. They left plenty of powder!

Only one more week till grooming operations end on April 4.

Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Groomed
  • Kay’s Loop
    Groomed
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Groomed
  • East Cutoff
    Groomed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Tracked spring powder
  • James’s Loop
    Untracked powder

Print West Elk trail map

Remember!
Skis or snowshoes only!
Sleds ok under control

West Elk Trails Etiquette & Rules

Do you enjoy the West Elk trails?

Do you support the grooming operations?

Why not?

Donate today with PayPal

$40/Individual
$75/Family (couples)

Click here to donate by check

Thank you!

Miles of normal on the West Elk trails …

***** UPDATE *****
National Forest Service trailhead closure
DOES NOT
include the West Elk trails

Please practice social distancing

Click herefor the White River National Forest COVID-19 information page

Saturday, March 21

Spring arrived on the West Elk trails with 14 inches of new snow! Life is fairly normal up on the Flat Tops. Temps today were in the mid to high 30s at the trailhead with no wind. Partly cloudy with sun breaks. The milder temps this past week brought snow with a high moisture content. Soft and ski-able.

Todd Kuppka groomed trails today. Tod Tibbetts tracked Eric’s Loop. (See photo below)

Only two more weeks till grooming operations end on April 4.

Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Groomed
  • Kay’s Loop
    Groomed
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Groomed
  • East Cutoff
    Groomed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Tracked spring powder
  • James’s Loop
    Untracked powder

Print West Elk trail map

Remember!
Skis or snowshoes only!
Sleds ok under control

West Elk Trails Etiquette & Rules

Do you enjoy the West Elk trails?

Do you support the grooming operations?

Why not?

Donate today with PayPal

$40/Individual
$75/Family (couples)

Click here to donate by check

Thank you!

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