Saturday, February 17

Trailhead

The Bearcat that pulls the ginzugroomer is in the shop for repairs. Please donate today!

It’s still winter on the West Elk Trails!

In total last week the trails saw 18-24 inches of new snow. Thanks to Eric Boley for bringing up his driftbuster and manual tracker to help Aaron dig out on Friday!

Sunny and low 30s today at the trailhead with a stiff 10-15 mph wind out of the west.

Trail Conditions

The snow is cold, soft, and deep.

  • Hwy 819
    Machine packed, track set
  • Kay’s Loop
    Machine packed, track set
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Machine packed, track set
  • East Cutoff
    Machine packed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Machine packed

More snow in the forecast for Monday!

Check out these photos. Even without the ginzugroomer, Aaron and Eric did an amazing job! Thanks guys!

Kay’s Loop

Kay’s Loop

Do you love those those nice groomed back country trails?

Show your love for winter recreation on the West Elk trails!

And help pay for the Bearcat repairs!

Voluntary membership fee is $30 per individual and $50 per couple.
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.

Click here to print West Elk Trails Inc Membership Form

Hwy 819 & Kay’s Loop

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Friday, February 2

Lots of shovel work done on Eric’s Loop today.

Thank you Aaron Mattix, and Mary and Marty Gervais!

Shovel work on Eric’s Loop [Photo by Aaron Mattix]

Groomer’s Report from Aaron Mattix

Marty & Mary were welcome help on shoveling Erik’s loop, and getting more lath distributed.

After Marty’s help shoveling out the worst of the off-camber spots, I was able to drag the groomer over Erik’s twice, which leveled out the base nicely. However, the snow is very thin in several spots, so it will take more snowfall before the groomer can make any more laps.

I set track on on 819, Kay’s loop, and some of the meadow sections. As the snow was soft from melting, it set up nicely, and with the freeze tonight, should be some prime skiing Saturday morning.

Cheers,

Aaron

Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Groomed, track set
  • Kay’s Loop
    Groomed, track set
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Machine packed
  • East Cutoff
    Tracked snow over machine packed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Groomed

Shovel work and machine packing on Eric’s Loop [Photo by Aaron Mattix]

Ginzugroomer on Kay’s Loop [Photo by Aaron Mattix]

Groomed and track set on Hwy 819 [Photo by Marty Gervais]

Wednesday, January 31

 West Elk Eric's loop 1-31-18

West Elk Aaron Mattix small 1-8-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groomer’s Report from Aaron Mattix

Today was flat and grey, but the snow packed in well on Erik’s loop. I distributed more lath & trail markers along Erik’s, and got it packed in pretty well with the Bearcat.Bruce’s Bridge, and the corner near the road both need more shoveling before I can take the groomer around. I plan on going back up on Friday, and will work on shoveling, and will also take the groomer around 819 & Kay’s to set track for the weekend.

Cheers,
Aaron

 Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Groomed
  • Kay’s Loop
    Groomed
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Machine packed
  • East Cutoff
    Tracked snow over machine packed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Machine packed


Please remember!
Skis or showshoes only on the groomed trails. The West Elk Trails grooming operations are user funded for skiing and snowshoeing. 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. Please help spread the word!

Below is a photo of Eric’s Loop at the crest above the gully. Brush is poking through the snowpack. A sure sign the snow cover is quite thin.

Show your support for winter recreation on the West Elk trails!

Voluntary membership fee is $30 per individual and $50 per couple.
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.

Click here to print West Elk Trails Inc Membership Form

 

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