Well I guess we have come to the end of the 2017-2018 season. We will be closing the gates today and moving to the summer season. I want to personally thank Dad, Ray, Mark and Dave for there time out helping with the grooming effort! Also I want to thank the people that comment and send photos, otherwise I wonder if anyone is reading what I post. I, along with Mike G., will be posting things through the summer so keep watching as we will try to keep you up to date on everything including work sessions when we’ll hope to see you.
I just saw a post on our face book page from John Keough saying that the riding is still good and should be good for the last weekend. The photo he took looks really good! Check it out! If you do go out use caution as I imagine that all areas are not as good as others. This is the last weekend before the gates get locked so ride while you can!
Here are a few photos I took last Sunday afternoon. I was trying to lock gates where there was no snow. The only one I did lock was at the Notch Road Parking lot. You can get around the gate with sleds, I saw truck tracks so I wanted to stop them.
I was up on the Wheelerville Road checking out the snow conditions. I saw that people are still riding. The snow still did not look too bad, it is mostly still covered from what people have told me. I could not close the gate at the Notch Road Parking Lot because there were three trucks with trailers still using it, which is great! Up at the groomer shed area I talked with some riders who said the trails were still quite nice even with all the rain we received. There were no water bars open at that time so looking at the forecast you may still be able to ride in the higher elevations even next weekend.
Dad and Ray were out touching up or trails today! Every thing is holding up great. We don’t have any water bars open or any bad spots at this time. We will see how they fare this week with the warmer temps. If you do ride II would recommend early mornings or evenings as mid day they may be soft. Late week the moon will be pretty full so that will be nice.
If you see any wheel tracks on our trails please let me know as this is the time that people start to try an go where they are not wanted or legal. Some one was on the trail coming out of the Notch Road parking lot last week. Lucky for them they got back out and did not try and go down over the steep hill. Hopefully we wont have the Easter day issue that we had a couple of years ago!
I took a ride on the Wheelerville Road to see how the trails were holding up. They are not as firm as we would like but the two groups that I talked to they were still not up and down with moguls, just loose snow. We will be back out as weather conditions allow.
Ride Safely and Ride Right!
Here is a photo of a couple of happy riders from Stockbridge.
I was out grooming up our trails last night. I groomed them all. They are still looking very nice. The water bars are still covered but some are getting narrower as the snow is melting do to the sun and water so stay more to the center of the trail in these areas.
I had to replace a u-joint at the Stone House last night also. I heard the u-joint squeak on the upper trail so I replaced it before some thing worse happened.
Dad and Ray were out all day yesterday grooming up the trails yesterday. They are still looking really nice. The water bars are still covered good. The next few days should keep the trails firm and good. The later part of next week the temps are getting warmer so the trails might start to soften up. Go out and ride while you can.
Ride Safely and Ride Right!
I was out and groomed our trails again Sunday. They are the best that I have seen all season. Good flat and hard thanks to the cold temps. There are no water areas open at this time. Every one that I saw out there were very happy. It took us over 38 hours to get the trails back to where we want them, but we got it done.
I also started clearing the snow off the Clemit Shelter Roof. Then Howie Bott and Al stopped and asked it I wanted help. I said sure and showed him where the other shovel was and he climbed up and started shoveling. Then Dan Roma and Dan Black stopped and gave me a break and a little more than an hour it was cleared! When you see the photos you will see how much snow was on the roof. It had to be 3 feet deep! I want to really thank them for helping me with that project!