West Elk Trails Inc to purchase used Bearcat grooming sled

Our 2010 Bearcat grooming sled needs major repairs

SNOWMOBILE FUND

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

In order to ensure that grooming operations return uninterrupted for the 2020-21 winter recreation season, West Elk Trails Inc is in the process of searching for used grooming snowmobile.

Our old 2010 Bearcat grooming snowmobile [above] needs major repairs. We need your donations to pay for repairs and fund a backup grooming sled.

PLEASE HELP!

Donate to the snowmobile fund today with PayPal
Or mail checks to:
West Elk Trails Inc, PO Box 129, Silt CO 81652

AUTUMN TRAIL MAINTENANCE

Head groomer Todd Kupka with Odin

On Saturday, October 3, Tod Tibbetts and Todd Kupka inspected the West Elk trails with Odin’s help. They cleared fallen trees and made trail repairs where necessary. The colors are magnificent and the trails are ready just in time as snow is predicted for this Sunday. Grooming operations are expected to begin in mid-December, snow depths permitting. 

Please be aware that rifle hunting season is underway through November 22. Click here for more details. Fall hikers should look out for the presence of hunters. Hunters please be aware of fall hikers and bikers. Wear bright orange!

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

Click here to donate by check

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!

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