Autumn Newsletter — November 2019

Voluntary Membership Fee Increase

The voluntary membership fee is now $40 per individual

and $75 per family (couples).

Our last fee increase was in 2015. Since then our equipment maintenance and grooming budget has more than doubled and funding sources are increasingly limited. The voluntary membership fee is a grooming fee — not a user fee. Every dollar goes toward the costs of trail maintenance and equipment. A small price to pay for groomed trails in the back country.

Remember voluntary membership fees and donations are tax deductible!

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Do you love those nice groomed trails?

This season Todd Kupka and Tod Tibbetts will team up to cover grooming operations. Todd Kupka has been a volunteer with West Elk Trails Inc for more than 5 years, providing equipment maintenance and help with grooming operations. Together they plan to groom at least 2 days/week for the 2019-20 season. Our grooming program is funded by trail users’ voluntary membership fees and donations. Grooming operations are expected to begin in mid-December, snow depths permitting.

West Elk Trails Grooming Program

West Elk Trails Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our grooming program costs about $550 per week. 60% of our funding comes from government grants, including Garfield County & local municipalities. Those funds are predicated on matching user financial support. We rely heavily — 40% of our budget — on user donations to sustain our grooming program year after year. Help us provide you with a great ski and snowshoe experience!



Trail Etiquette Reminders

* HIKING IS PROHIBITED on the West Elk Trails after grooming operations begin in December. West Elk Trails Inc has a Special Use Permit (SUP) with the White River National Forest Rifle Ranger District. Hiking is allowed on the Rifle Snowmobile trails and the Buford Road beyond the blockade.

It’s up to you — the trail users — to ask hikers to use other trails.

Trail Etiquette and Rules

* PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK access to the West Elk Trailhead. Follow diagonal parking instructions in the parking lot.

Please help spread the word!

Thank you for your cooperation!

West Elk Trails Inc thanks trail groomers Aaron Mattix, Tod Tibbetts, Todd Kupka, and Eric Boley. We also thank Todd Kupka for his help with equipment maintenance. Special thanks to Mary & Marty Gervais for help with stakes, signs, & shoveling. Our groomed ski trails would not be possible without volunteers!

Be a trail volunteer!

We always need volunteers to clear trails, set stakes, shovel short sections (trail leveling). Training is provided. Any help is appreciated!
Contact Tod or Peggy Tibbetts:  970-876-2196

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Trail clean up

What a mess!

September 28 and 29 were trail clean up days. A late season snowstorm on the Flat Tops last June caused hundreds of trees to blow down and/or fall down. On West Elk dozens of trees fell down on all the trails.

Tod and Peggy Tibbetts cleaned up on the long hill on Eric’s Loop on Saturday.

The bulk of the work occurred on Sunday when Bruce Kime and Tod Tibbetts took a chain saw up and cleaned up all the main trails.

Above you can see the hill on Kay’s Loop was totally blocked with downed trees.

Thank you Tod and Bruce!

Thanks for an epic season!

Posted On April 7, 2019

Filed under West Elk Trails Inc

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April 7

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

Thank you Tod Tibbetts, Bruce Kime, Melissa DeHaan, and Art and Melanie Dahl for helping out with trail clean-up today.

Special thanks to our groomers for making it through an epic and challenging Winter and Spring:
Aaron Mattix
Tod Tibbetts
Todd Kupka

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

Thanks also to our trail volunteers for helping re-set stakes throughout the season: Mary and Marty Gervais, and Ron Reed.

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

See you next season!

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