TRAIL REPORT FOR JANUARY 14, 2016. Similar to last week's report. We have received some new snow!
The Groat Creek Trail and staging area has not been groomed yet this season as the low snow conditions make it impossible to have enough snow to fill creeks and to pull the drag. This trail remains open but is in very poor condition, hills are very icy and creek crossings are deep.
Goodwin Lake Trail to the Summit Cabin has been groomed and is in decent condition, with a few pockets of low snow.
The new Bessie Creek Trail (sorry out of towner’s, this one is not on the maps yet but is signed) has been groomed and is in great shape!
This also means that a large portion on the Manweiler from the Summit Cabin to the River has been groomed and is also in great shape. Grooming stops just a couple of kms short of the Athabasca River.
The Silver Summit trail has been groomed to the NEW Shiningbank Lookout. The trail is groomed well with a few pockets of low snow followed by great snow! The trail has not been groomed past the Shiningbank Lookout due to some unexpected industry activity on/beside the trail. We would ask people to avoid the area past the lookout heading towards Silver Summit until we have a chance to talk to the industry reps.
The North Groomer was went out this week as well and is currently working on filling all the creeks on the north trails. This is not really going to improve the trails to the north a bunch besides making the creeks easier to cross.
The Golden Triangle trail is being worked on to make sure that the trail is clear but at this time the trail North to Swan Hills is heavy with leaners and some unexpected industry activity north of the Blue Ridge Haul Road. We currently do not recommend travel north past the Blue Ridge haul road until we can get the trail clear. The Golden Triangle committee has a goal of having the Triangle cleaned and groomed by Feb 1st every year.
We are in full swing with preparations for the upcoming Annual Family Snowmobile Rally on February 12, 13 & 14. Rally ride is Saturday and Sunday. Please Note: WE HAVE MOVED OUR VENUE, it is now at the Westward Community Centre 8 km s on Hwy 32.