We have received some new snow!! While its not much we will take it.
The South Groomer operator has been hard at work this week with one day even starting at 3AM!!! The following trails were groomed this week and look pretty prime for the weekend.
The Groat Creek Trail 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 descent 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 Shinningbank lookout. The trail groomed well with a few pockets of low snow followed by great snow! The trail has not been groomed past the Shinningbank 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 in low spots on the north trails. This is not really going to improve the trails to the north a bunch.
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.
I am still getting lots of positive reports of people finding snow in our area, also people reporting back that even though the trails are rough it beats not riding at all. I have been receiving pictures daily of people that are out enjoying what little we have for snow and being told that they will continue to ride until all the snow is packed or gone.
If you do decide to come ride Whitecourt in the next week or so, please keep in mind that we have no control over the snow, we are all VOLUNTEERS, and we are doing the best we can.
Please use Extreme Caution when crossing water including rivers, lakes, ponds and streams. Some of these smaller water spots may look frozen but may have rotten ice due to the recent warmer weather.
The trail behind Millar Western has eroded to the point of not being able to get the groomer through this season. A meeting was held between the Town of Whitecourt, The Whitecourt Trailblazers and Miller Western and it was decided that the trail would be closed for the season. This is due to the erosion and the unpredictable way the river is eroding the bank at this spot. We apologize for the inconvenience but it was deemed a hazard that could not be contained. The Town and the Trailblazers are discussing possible other routes from downtown to the trail system, and we will keep you updated as a solution is found.
Next General Meeting is Jan13th @7:30 Downstairs at the Legion
Pick up a trail pass or raffle tickets for a sledder in your life today!!