Thursday, December 13, 2007

Trail Report 12/13/07

Well, the trail reports keep rolling in as we do a little bit each evening to get on top of things. It's been a bit rough so far, with a new machine (see Tom's blog) that needed some tweaking and tuning, and our handy trackster Kermit out with a broken track (!), thus we haven't been able to get in a really good complete session of grooming just yet.

Slowly, but surely, we're getting the bugs ironed out, everything run and hopefully by this weekend, we'll have everything groomed out for both classical and skate to full width.

As of now, the upper trails are somewhat groomed for both skate and classical, and the lower meadow trail to the lower road is groomed for classical only. The lower road still has a lot of work to be done for skating, but it should be nice for classical, unless the foot traffic and pets destroy it before the next go-round.

If you can spare some time this weekend, there are some small trail projects that make a BIG difference and REALLY need to get done:
  1. some portions of the front hill shade fence need to be reset. The big storm pulled the whole lower portion down and the posts need to be reset (further into the trail) and the fening restrung. This will keep it from happening again.
  2. The signs need to be set up
  3. There are a lot of aspen shoots on the far upper portions of the trail, mainly from the last switchback all the way to the top of the meadow trail. The lower road also has a lot of them. A little set of hand loppers would do the trick...just dig down as deep as possible below the top surface of the snow and snip them off.

That's about it for now. We'll see what we can get done for the weekend. We have to replace Kermit's tracks with some that we had to purchase and have shipped. They were quite expensive, so the club budget took a big hit this week =(

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