WE NEED MORE SNOW!
We have received an inch or two of new snow in the past 10-12 days. The trails to the south are in pretty good shape.
The Summit Trail is holding up well and the new Bessie Creek trail is in great shape. Trails are bumpy in spots and have a few large bumps but all things considered are in really good shape. The Manweiler trail to the river is in very good shape with only a couple rough spots. Goodwin lake trail has seen the most traffic and with the hills on this trail is showing the fair condition with rough spots and the occasional dirt spot. The Groat creek trail from the Groat creek staging area to the Summit cabin has not been groomed and is in poor condition. If you decide to ride this trail please ride with caution. The summit trail to the lookout is still in good shape but due to oilfield work in the area we do not advise travel past the Shinningbank Lookout.
The north trails have had the low spots filled in but have not been groomed due to low snow. Trails are open but rough. North of the Carson cabin on the Golden triangle has had a crew working on it to get it cleaned but so far they have not completed this work. This trail is passable but will be a single track in spots and may still have trees on the trail, if you are riding the triangle please use extreme caution.
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 Feb10th @7:30 Downstairs at the Legion
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