Since there is some activity on the trails with the new snow, mega-bad wind and subsequent tree-fall, I thought I'd send an update.
So yeah, the wind did a number on all the weak trees around the trails. I estimate that close to 50 trees fell, many in clusters of 5 to 10 trees. That has made for a big mess to clean up, and with only a couple of us, it's been slow progress. But the good news is that it's getting close to being done.
To get out there, we did pull a groomer through the trails, so there is a little bit of "groomed" trail open for skiing. I hope to finish that up this evening, pending getting the tree cutting job all done. The last big snags have to be cleared off of Dave's Dogleg, but the rest of the system should be clear now.
Please take some time, if you go out to ski, to pick up some of the debris (branches, sticks, etc.) in those bad spots where we cleared out the deadfall. That stuff is a mess and although we did clear a lot of it out when we cleared the big trees, we couldn't get it all.
Coverage is still thin and you'll certainly hit a thing or two here and there, but some spots look great.
After this first round of work, we'll take a break and probably won't get around to grooming until next week. Dave is gone, and I will likely be doing stuff with my family over the holiday weekend.
Please consider renewing your membership if you haven't already this year. We can't operate without it (we're spending a fortune on chainsaw maintenance this year!). Thanks to those who have. You can renew/join/donate online here: http://www.newmexicosportsonline.com/events/details.aspx?id=10386
One last thing: if things look good after this round of storms, we may hold the "Annual Resolution Race" on either the 10th or 11th of January. I'll update on that as we know for sure (via email, on our facebook page and here on the blog). It's FREE and hopefully we can also do a fun event for the kiddos too.