ANNUAL FAMILY SNOWMOBILE RALLY - FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

Trail Report Feb 11/16

Feb11

Good Morning Sledders

It snowed and is snowing!

BUT, We had a HUGE windstorm last saturday and reports are filing in that there are trees down everywhere and the trails are very hard and icy through out the entire trail system. This snow will help and will make the trails rideable again, but extreme caution is needed. Conditions before this snow were Extreme Late Spring Conditions with dirts spots exposed rocks and debris. Again the trails are very hard and icy if you are riding please use EXTREME caution.

Unfortunately, the Whitecourt Trailblazers Club has cancelled the 2016 Annual Family Snowmobile Rally due to the lack of snow throughout the season. This is the 3rd Rally in 36 years as a club, that one has been cancelled. We want everyone to have the best riding experience on our trails and believe that with the large number of snowmobiles that participate in our rallies, the trails may be compromised. In looking forward at the forecast for the next 10 days, there is very little snow fall expected in our area. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you and your family.

We have two snowmobiles to be raffled off on the Family Day weekend. One a 2016 Polaris Pro RMK 800 – 163 Raffle that will be drawn for on Saturday, February 13th at 4:30pm at the Westward Community Centre and the second one a 2016 Ski-Doo Freeride 154 Raffle which will be drawn at 4:30pm Sunday, February 14th at the Westward Community Centre.

We will be selling tickets for $5 each for the next 10 days at the Whitecourt Canadian Tire and Whitecourt IGA. This is your chance to get your tickets, before the draw on Family Day Weekend.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this season and in the past. We look forward to hosting our Rally next year on the Family Day weekend in 2017.

Please visit our website at www.whitecourttrailblazers.ca for updates on our trails and other events in the season. Facebook –www.facebook.com/whitecourttrailblazers or Twitter – @WCTtrailblazers

Trail Report Jan30/16

Jan30

I rode the Bessie creek and Manweiler trail to the river today and they were in really good shape. Also sent to the Shinningbank lookout. It was not good at all. Low snow in lots of spots and no snow in other spots. I do not suggest riding the silver summit trail unless we get more snow.

Had a great day either way.

Jan 7 Trail Report A MUST READ

Jan07

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!!

 

Trail Report Jan 4/16

Jan04

Trail Conditions are rough. The south trail that was groomed held up over the Christmas Rush but is now very rough and hard packed. It is rideable but is not in the best shape. We gambled on the fact that we would have more snow by now and so far the snow has not come.

The North groomer has not been out yet. Trails in the north are rough and hard packed as well

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 will 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!!

Trail Update

Dec28

Hope everyone had a good Christmas!!

Trails are open, the South trails were groomed before Christmas and remain in good shape. Packed with rough spots. There are two hazards that have been flagged for your safety so please ride with caution!

The north trails have not been groomed yet but we are working on getting the groomer hauled out to the North side this week but will likely not start filling creeks in until next week.

Currently we do not advise travel on the trail to Gundy cabin due to unexpected trail conditions through Huestis Forest. The trail was plowed down to the road for about 3-4kms, we are currently talking with the Huestis group to find a solutions.

 

Groomer is going out

Dec22

Good Morning

The South Groomer is going out today!!!

It has been deemed that the snow we received over the weekend should be enough to go and fill in creeks. The groomer will be filling creeks over the next couple days. So if you are planning on riding in the south please drive with caution and watch for the groomer.

If you are riding on any of the trails please carry a small folding hand saw, this way you can help us out by trimming any leaners or branches that have fallen on the trail. If you do come across a large tree down on the system please try and flag it if you can, if you could also record the GPS location of the tree we will send someone out with a large saw to take care of the tree. You can use your phone to get the GPS location by dropping a pin and emailing it to president@whitecourttrailblazers.ca. GPS coordinates are a must so that we do not have someone going out to cut a tree by the summit cabin when it was really the Carson cabin that the tree was down at.

Please ride responsible and go out and enjoy yourselves!

 

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