Snowpack is still holding

Aaron Mattix did a final trail grooming on Friday.

Thank you Aaron! You did a fantastic job this season!

About 3 to 5 inches of new snow over the weekend.

The trail from the trailhead to the groomer parking area is pretty rough but passable. Otherwise great snow conditions for spring skiing on Hwy 819, Zeus’s Cutoff, East Cutoff, and Kay’s Loop.

Trail Conditions

  • Hwy 819
    Groomed past the Ginzugroomer parking area
  • Kay’s Loop
    Groomed
  • Zeus’s Cutoff
    Groomed
  • East Cutoff
    Groomed
  • Eric’s Loop
    Not passable through the gully due to snowmelt
  • James’s Loop
    Untracked

Enjoy those groomed trails while you still can!

Grooming operations have ended for the season.

Signs and stakes will be pulled on April 1. Volunteers needed!

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James’s Loop is tracked

Bruce Kime tracked James’s Loop today. Thanks Bruce!

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Christmas Day

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Blizzard conditions brought 6 t0 8 inches of new snow to the West Elk trails for Christmas. Temps were in the teens with a wicked cold wind.

The photo above was taken in the aspen copse just past Dorothy’s view so we were out of the wind. Conditions were more severe in open areas on Hwy 819 and Kay’s Loop.

Tod machine packed Hwy 819 and Kay’s and ran the Ginzugroomer around both trails. Thank you Tod! However the wind was drifting over the trail on 819 as fast as he could groom it. But the stakes are out so the trail is visible now. As you can see by the photos the groomed trail in the woods is beautiful. The snow is cold and soft, but not powdery.

Eric’s Loop was machine packed and several of us skied it before today’s storm. So there is a base out there  for anyone who wants to break trail with snowshoes or skis. About 6 to 8 inches of new snow. And we didn’t get all the stakes set.

Next grooming operations are scheduled for Friday, December 30.

Happy Christmas!

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