Happy New year! Eagle River Staging Area parking lot was plowed Yesterday. Groat Creek Staging area was plowed before christmas and has 8ish inches of snow on it. Will be dicey getting back up to the highway until it is plowed.
Grooming has begun on the North side of the Athabasca, Gundy trail and the Athabasca loop have been groomed this week. There are LOTS of droopers on the ungroomed trails. These are a huge hindrance to the operators, if you ride the trails, please stop and cut one or two, they are mostly small and take a minute or two with the folding handsaw that everyone should be carrying. The Summit trail and Goodwyn Lake loop were groomed but both machines are on the north trails making up time. Golden Triangle is currently impassible due to blow down and drooping trees the goal is to have the whole trail groomed by 01 February.
Looks like the Golden triangle 5 Km either side of the letter N (Between the Blue Ridge haul road and letter O on the way to Swan Hills) is basically impassible due to Seismic crews blading the snow down to earth. On the plus side eight or nine club members have cleared all the blowdown caused by the recent windstorm from the Carson cabin up to that point.