Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Todd Kupka takes a break during trail maintenance day on October 5, 2014. Todd was our Head Groomer last season, and groomed/maintained trails for several years.

Todd Kupka takes a break during trail maintenance day on October 5, 2014. Todd was our Head Groomer last season, and has groomed and maintained our trails for several years.

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!

Send to:
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!

THANK YOU!

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.

WEMUC Executive Director Tod Tibbetts poses with his trusty old Jeep CJ and his chainsaw on trail maintenance day, October 5, 2014.

WEMUC Executive Director Tod Tibbetts poses with his trusty old Jeep CJ and his chainsaw on trail maintenance day, October 5, 2014.

GROOMERS REPORT

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.
Phone: 970-366-6857
Email: peggyt@siltnet.net

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS!

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