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Trail Report – March 18, 2022

Mar18

Trail Report March 18, 2022
Trails are in excellent shape. Please use our staging areas to trailer to avoid in town trail deterioration. We have had lots of people riding and the trails are super to ride. We have had above 0c temps in the day and below 0c at night. There are icy patches beginning with some bare patches – spring riding.
Grooming: We will not be grooming due to warm temperatures. We groomed last week and the trails are holding up well.
Hazards: North Side: Reminder of the Golden Triangle Re-route from Carson Cabin to Athabasca to Casino to Manweiler and Virginia Hills trails. Gundy Trail (Golden Triangle Section) to Hwy 32n is closed. South Side: The trail heading to the Airport has been re-routed with ribbon and signs, please slow down as there is active logging in the area. Please use caution around the Carson Cabin as we have a pile of trees to be bucked up for firewood. In addition, please use the existing trail East of the cabin as the new re-routed trail is bare/without snow and will be rough. Be cautious on all waterways- large and small. You are crossing at your own risk and our trail ends at the banks.
Staging Areas: Groat Creek Staging and Eagle Staging areas are open
Golden Triangle Trail System from Whitecourt to Fox Creek and Swan Hills is in excellent shape!

Trail Report March 3, 2022

Mar03

We have had fresh snow 3-5″ this week. Trails have all been groomed since the Rally and the cooler temps have been great for the trails. The Silver Triangle Route (excluding the section closed due to the pipeline construction) is open to ride and has been groomed.

Grooming this week: South Side-The Summit to Tom Hill, South Manweiler and Bessie trails are groomed. All of the south trails are in great shape. North Side – Carson Lake Trail to Carson Cabin down to Athabasca Lookout, Casino trail, to Chickadee Burner over to Athabasca River then back to Chickadee Burner up to Manweiler North to Gundy Cabin to Virginia Hills. North trails are in super shape as well.

Staging Areas: Groat Creek and Eagle River Staging Areas open

Hazards: South Side-Please be cautious along the Airport Fence line as there is active logging in the area. North Side – Golden Triangle Re-Route (Gundy Cabin to Hwy 32 n) is closed, please use the re-route from the Virginia Hills to Manweiler south to the Eagle River Casino across the highway to the Athabasca Lookout to the Carson Cabin. Always take caution on small and large waterbodies, you are crossing at your own risk and our trail ends at the bank.

The Golden Triangle is in great shape! Be sure to check our website for any updates at www.thegoldentriangle.ca

Cut block windblown on the south side
Tom Hill Tower – South side
Summit Cabin


Rally Trail Report – February 17, 2022

Feb17

RALLY UPDATE – TRAIL REPORT – FEBRUARY 17, 2022

We are excited for the snow! It will enhance our trails for this upcoming weekend’s rally.  The trails “are immaculate” is what one of our operators boasted.  The trails are packed with fresh snow, which by the way is suppose to fall into the weekend.  The temperatures are just perfect! Days are decent and the nights are cooler.    

Grooming – both rally routes have been groomed from the staging areas to the trails and will also be groomed Saturday night.  Please watch for snow cats.  They will start after 4:00pm on Saturday.  Snow cats run 24/7 so always be on the watch for them.   South Side – in addition the Manweiler to Athabasca River has been groomed.

Rally Staging Areas – Westward Community Centre and Eagle River Casino Parking

Hazards – Trail accesses out of town have lower snow and will be rough, please proceed cautiously. Centennial Park trail is still good.  Once you are into the Gravel pit and Airport trails they are golden.  Golden Triangle Route (Gundy Cabin to Hwy 32) trail is closed with re-route from Carson Cabin to Athabasca Lookout to Casino to Manweiler to Virginia Hills.  Pipeline crossings may be a bit rough, please watch for signs to slow down.  Remember all water crossings (large or small) may be unpredictable with our ever changing weather, you are travelling across at your own risk.  Please take extra caution on the Highway crossings on the rally routes, they are designated crossings, but vehicles may not stop.  

Don’t forget to purchase your Online Sled Raffle Tickets https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/whitecourttsc  through our website http://www.whitecourttrailblazers.ca/ and register for our upcoming Rally Online through our website/Eventbrite or register at our designated registrations.   The Sled Draw is Sunday at 4:30pm. Please visit our website at www.whitecourttrailblazers.ca for more information.  

Feb 17, 2022
Groomer grief





Temporary Trail Closure

Feb09

Please note: Trail between K (#6) and #8 is closed, known as Pipeline Hill. The creek at the bottom is open and is a hazard. Please use an alternate route to get back to the staging area. Please use caution when crossing any of our waterways (large or small). Our trail ends at the bank and you are “at your own risk” when crossing.

Mid Week Trail Report – February 8, 2022

Feb08

Come visit us, we have snow and great trails!  
Our trails are holding up very well despite the warm weather and winds.  We have a very good base and they are definitely rideable.  We have had numerous reports of great riding on the Golden Triangle connectors both North and North East sections.  In addition, snow to the south is plentiful.  

We are hosting our Rally February 19 and 20th and anticipate there will be plenty of snow.  Don’t forget we have 2 routes open to ride – north and south with staging at the Eagle River Casino and Westward Community Centre.  There is $500/day up for grabs just for registering online https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2022-whitecourt-trailblazers-annual-family-rally-tickets-246756103147. We encourage you to purchase your registration and passes online, but we are also having manual registration at our registration sites – Eagle River Staging Area Gazebo and Westward Community Centre Gazebo.  Remember that you do not have to be there to win, your registration online automatically enters you into the cash and gift card draws both Saturday and Sunday.  We will be giving away over $5000 in cash and cards. 

Hazards:  Please do not use the Golden Triangle Trail from the Gundy Cabin to Letter K (Hwy 32).  There are signs and fencing in place to protect you from entering a pipeline construction site.  There are 5 crossings that are being worked on in that area.  Stay off the trail!  We have had reports of numerous sledders entering that trail section.  The trail was not cleaned or groomed and is rough.   Please use the alternate route from Carson Cabin to Athabasca Lookout to the Casino, Chickadee Creek and Manweiler to Virginia Hills.  PS: We are hearing there is great riding up that way.   There are 3 other crossing that are completed, but still have signage to slow down.  Please follow the signs for your protection – they are rough and may have little snow.  Thank you to the contractors who are putting snow on the crossing and packing it down.  With the warm weather, the snow may be limited on those crossings, but rideable – please take extra caution and slow down.  River crossings are at your own risk, our trail ends at the banks.  Be cautious on all water bodies – large and small creek crossings. 

Pictures taken Sunday February 8, 2022

Whitecourt Golden Triangle Connectors Groomed

Feb07

Golden Triangle Connectors Groomed
Between Whitecourt and Swan Hills and
Whitecourt and Fox Creek!

Golden Triangle Connectors are groomed and are in great shape with lots of snow! Each section is approximately 120kms (1 way). Great way to spend a day riding. Whitecourt to Swan Hills we have the Carson Cabin Rest Area (Sponsored by Jason Thomas Enterprises) and from Whitecourt to Fox Creek we have the Gundy Cabin Rest Area (Sponsored by Trimline Design) and then the Trappers Cabin close to Fox Creek.
A big thank you to our trail cleaners who have been out 3 times on the Carson to Letter O section. Many trees down. You may want to take a chainsaw in the event you have to cut through. Our snow cat operators were out for 3 days grooming – THANK YOU, GREAT JOB! The trail to Swan Hills was spectacular on the weekend. Many riders out riding the connector.
Thank you to our Municipal Partners in the Golden Triangle Consortia – Town of Whitecourt Woodlands County Big Lakes County Town of Swan Hills MD of Greenview and Town of Fox Creek A very big thank you to our Snowmobile Clubs who maintain the trails and groom them – Whitecourt Trailblazers, Fox Creek Northland Sno-Goers and Swan Hills Snow-Goers.
Don’t forget about our Golden Triangle – 2022 Iron Sledder Challenge – Join us this winter in participating in all 3 of the Rallies on the Golden Triangle and then you get to pick 1 other ASA Rally in Alberta and you will become an IRON SLEDDER (You must show proof of registration at an ASA Rally – picture of registration or other proof). Please register at one of the first 2 Rallies – Fox Creek or Whitecourt and we will keep track for you. There will be a sign up sheet at the Rally and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to message us or you can speak with the organizers at the Rallies. This is a promotion to celebrate sledding on the Golden Triangle but also sledding in Alberta. Are you the next Iron Sledder? For more information please contact Cindy @jcbbrook@gmail. http://www.thegoldentriangle.ca

At Letter O – Half way.

Gang at the Carson Cabin

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