Sunday, January 15

Eileen Wysocki reports:

Hi Trail Users,

FYI, my husband and I broke trail on James’s Loop today, so if you follow our tracks, it’s a fully packed loop now (at least until the next big snow). We went counter-clockwise and the downhill was already packed, but when we hit the creek at the bottom of the drainage, the tracks went to the right. We followed them for a bit until we realized we weren’t going the correct way, and we also saw that the tracks were from a skier/boarder who had come down a steep slope. We back-tracked and then realized the rest of the normal loop was completely untracked. We broke trail to the cabin, met up with the road, and continued breaking trail almost the entire way back uphill. The last 1/2 mile or so was packed by another snowshoer. Anyway, it might be good to have another sign or flagging at the bottom of the drainage where you need to turn left and start heading toward the cabin so people don’t get lost. Just a thought. Great workout though, and a wonderful day!

Peggy Tibbetts responds:

Thanks Eileen and Glenn! What a workout! Bet it was gorgeous.

Yes, that left turn is a problem. We just haven’t had enough volunteers to get trail markers out on James’s Loop.  Now that you tracked it, we should be able to get some stakes and posts out there.

Saturday, January 14

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Lots of folks out enjoying the foot and a half of new snow on the West Elk trails.

Aaron Mattix, Bruce Kime and Art Dahl worked hard all day packing, shoveling and grooming the trails for everyone’s enjoyment. Hwy 819, Kay’s Loop and Zeus’s Cutoff were packed and then groomed with the ginzugroomer. They packed Eric’s Loop with snowmobiles.

Thanks so much guys!

Eric’s Loop is always a special challenge in deep snow. Check out these photos.

First they open up the trail with snowmobiles.

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Then Bruce’s Bridge needs to be shoveled to keep the snowmobiles and ginzugroomer from sliding off the trails.

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Finally Eric’s Loop is ready for skiers to enjoy the fabulous snow conditions!

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Go outside and play!

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Aaron Mattix groomed Hwy 819 on Friday and ran the tracker, too.

The West Elk Trails are the perfect cure for the winter blues. Exercise doesn’t get any easier than cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Plus all the fresh, clean air your lungs can handle.

Temps were in the low 20s at the trailhead today — Saturday, January 7. Warmer than the temps in the valley.

Only a half dozen or so trail users yesterday and today. Don’t let the cold weather trap you indoors. It’s a lot warmer on the trails than you might think.

Here’s what you’re missing.

Kay's Loop

Kay’s Loop

Tod and Peggy Tibbetts tracked Eric’s Loop on skis in 6 to 8 inches of dense powder. Tracking Eric’s makes it a little easier for the Bearcat to get through the drifts. Then Tod packed Eric’s Loop with the Bearcat so the trail is in great shape.  More snow expected tonight and Sunday!

Eric's Loop before Tod ran the Bearcat around

Eric’s Loop before Tod ran the Bearcat around

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