Thursday, May 30, 2019

Washout Repair On Sunset

During the Father's Day flood this little ephemeral water crossing on the bottom of the Maasto Sunset trail took a beating. It got much worse during this spring's breakup. 

Earlier this week Colin Pekkala got out there with the new tractor and a culvert. Problem solved in time for the 2019 Chain Drive Race in just over two weeks. Now we can get the mower through there again as well.

Colin's next trick with the new tractor will be to begin improvements on the New River trail from just above the new gate to the top to improve drainage so we can groom the trails earlier in the ski season. Look for those to begin next week.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pine Loop and DNR Trail gates installed!

Over the last couple weeks we installed a single 16' gate off of the DNR trail next to Tomasi Rd. and a double 30' gate at the entrance to the Pine Loop. These gates will help keep vehicle and ATV traffic off our trails and Tomasi Rd. We no longer have to go through the hassle of using boulders as temporary gates.

Each post was buried around 4' deep with 160lbs of concrete added to the top and bottom 

Posts are in!

Some holes that we dug were filling up with water too quick, so a pump was used

This job would have been very difficult without our John Deere 4044m and backhoe

A big thanks to Mark R for helping with the hinge welding

Another thanks to the Hancock Public Works Dept. for lending us a portable arc welder


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New River trail gate installed!

Today we finished installing a much needed gate at the bottom of the New River trail. Our transition from fall to winter and winter to spring will be much easier since we no longer have to move boulders in place.

Posts were buried around 4ft deep and 240lb of concrete was added in each hole

A 4x4 post was added to support the weight of the gate

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Grooming Report #48 Last groom of the season!

All trails were rolled and tracked except the River trail in the gorge and Mud Lake. We are not able to continue grooming this season due to the many open water hazards and areas of exposed ground. Conditions range from good to poor.

Exposed culvert near Ruby Marsh. It won’t be long before water starts flowing over

More water hazards are found behind the church

The 6” of new snow was just enough to freshen the trails up one last time

Get out and enjoy the trails while they last!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Grooming Report #47 City-side and Gorge Dragged and Tracked!

Today all city-side and gorge trails were dragged and tracked. Quite a few trails are covered in debris from the constant melting. Our forecast shows warm temps and rain later this week, so this may be the end of our grooming season. Good spring conditions.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Grooming Report #46 Churning Rapids Tracked!

Today all Churning Rapids trails were tracked. Grooming will continue until overnight temps are no longer below freezing. Very good spring conditions.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Grooming Report #45 City-Side Tracked!

Today all city-side trails were tracked. We plan to track all trails if overnight temps are below freezing. Very good spring conditions!

Some sections were dragged first

Tracks are very soft, but should set up overnight

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Grooming Report #44 New snow Rolled and Tracked!

All trails were rolled and tracked this morning. Some tracks did not set up well due to the icy conditions. Trails are quite firm in most places. Expect very good to excellent conditions.

Around 6” of snow was rolled down. Ice was exposed in some areas.

Excellent conditions almost everywhere

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Grooming Report #43 Dragged and Tracked to Excellent!

All trails have been dragged and tracked. We were able to knock down most of the drifting from yesterday. Excellent conditions everywhere. We don’t plan to groom for the next few days or until more snow arrives. Please DO NOT walk on groomed trails! It causes unnecessary damage to the trails. Follow the rules to help keep trails in good condition, and if you see anyone walking please tell them to leave. Thank you!

These are the conditions we like to see!

Please show the trail and other users respect by not walking on groomed trails!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Grooming Report #42 Rolled and Tracked!

Today all trails were rolled and tracked. Tracks are getting covered quick, especially in open areas. We plan to roll or drag all trails tomorrow and reset tracks.

All trails on the south edge of the gorge had 2-3’ drifts

Tracks set up great, but will not last long!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Grooming Report #41 Churning Rapids and Mud Lake freshened up!

Today we dragged and tracked Churning Rapids and Mud Lake. We didn’t get any snow overnight, so we left the city-side trails alone. All trails are in excellent condition.

Tracks are excellent everywhere!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Grooming Report #40 City-side Re-Tracked!

Today all city-side trails were dragged and tracked. Trails are quite firm with the -20 temp this morning. All trails in excellent condition. Expect 1-2” of fresh snow on Churning Rapids/Mud Lake trails.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Grooming Report #39 Churning Rapids/Mud Lake Dragged and Tracked!

Today we dragged and tracked Churning Rapids and Mud Lake. Tracks are being covered quickly with the snow and wind. Excellent conditions. We plan to drag or roll the entire system tomorrow and reset tracks.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Grooming Report #38 City-side trails Dragged and Tracked!

All City-side trails were dragged and tracked this morning. All trails are firm and in excellent condition. We plan to drag and track Mud Lake/Churning Rapids tomorrow.

Tracks are excellent!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Grooming Report #37 More dragging, new tracks set!

All trails were dragged and tracked today. All trails are pretty smooth, but some areas still need a bit more leveling. Expect excellent conditions just about everywhere.

Trails are firm and tracks are excellent!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Grooming Report #36 Dragged and Tracked!

Today all trails were dragged and tracked. Trails are pretty smooth, but some bumpy areas still remain. Excellent conditions.

Mud Lake is looking better, but still a bit rough on top

Areas that weren’t exposed to much wind are looking excellent 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Grooming Report #35 Trails recovered!

Today we were able to pack down all trails. We also set tracks on all trails. There are many rough sections from drifting, but we hope to have smooth trails by this weekend. Trails are quite firm and in good condition.

We dragged St. Urho’s many times, but it will need much more work

Areas that saw little drifting are in excellent shape

Monday, February 25, 2019

Grooming Report #34 Trail recovery!

Today we are attempting to recover our trails. All City-Side trails have been recovered so far, but remain pretty rough from all the drifts. We are currently working on all other trails and hope to have them all packed down by the end of the day. Tracks will be set on all City-Side trails tomorrow. If we are able to recover the rest of the system today we will have tracks set everywhere tomorrow.

There was severe drifting next to the gorge. Lots of time was spent winching our way through

St. Urho’s was buried under 4-5’ drifts

We made many passes through the city trails, tracks will be set tomorrow

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Grooming Report #33 More snow, more Rolling!

We will be packing down all trails throughout the day to keep up with the snow. No tracks will be set until tomorrow morning.

Trails were packed by just a machine first. The snow was too dense to pull a roller
Then we followed with the small roller. We hope to have both rollers out later today