HCSC News

March HCSC meeting and events

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

A quick reminder that our regular club meeting will be held Tuesday March 8th, @ 6pm at Q4U in Frisco.

Rides:

Thanks to everyone that participated in last month’s Overnight Ride in Creed. We rode the trails from Spring Creek Pass outside of Creede to Bristol Head one day and then rode the other side of the pass on the Lake City Snowmobile club’s trails system the next day. Even though the snow has been lacking recently, we still managed to find good snow and enjoy the vibrant night life of Creede.

We will discuss where March’s ride will be at tomorrow’s meeting.

Avalanche Classes:

Our 2 avalanche safety classes with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness were also a great success.

Special thanks to Officer Joe Cassleberry for organizing the venue and hosting Brian and Mike for the weekend. It was refreshing to hear a snowmobile specific approach to avalanche safety. Brian emphasized using opportunities like a quick side hill to assess the snow stability. We practiced beacon and probe searches as well as efficient digging techniques. I've gotten great feedback on the class from the other participants.

We hope to have Brian with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness out again next year for additional classes.

Hope to see you tomorrow night at Q4U.

Rich Holcroft, President
High Country Snowmobile Club

HCSC February meeting and events

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

Grooming:

Ron made a trip out in the snowcat at the end of last week after it stopped dumping and groomed the entire trail system at Spring Creek. He reported record snow, the cat was getting stuck since the snow was so deep and several sections of the trails looked like we hadn’t been up there all year. Ron was able to spread out and level a lot of snow on the shelf roads so we should be riding up there well into the spring.

We had great conditions at last month’s club ride with over 3 feet of snow off the trails and from what I hear there is another 6-8 feet on top of that base. If you haven’t ridden Spring Creek yet, get out there, enjoy groomed trails and great snow up there!

Rides/Events:

The Colorado Snowmobile Association convention at the Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort was a great event. We had many High Country Snowmobile Club members attend and enjoy the convention. While the snow was a little thin on the St. Elmo/Tincup Pass side, many of us made it over to Cumberland Pass. The riding up by Cottonwood Pass was even better. Thanks to Scott at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort for hosting us and the Salida and Buena Vista Snowmobile Clubs for showing us around!

In 2 weekends we are heading down to Creede for our overnight ride. The group is checking in on February 19th and some members will be staying until the 22nd..

Rooms are reserved for club members at the Creede Snowshoe Lodge, 202 E. 8th Street. As of today, there are still a few rooms available but you should definitely call them quickly since the place is small. http://www.creedesnowshoe.com/ 719-658-2315. The rooms are $87.60 a night and make sure to tell them you are with the High Country Snowmobile Club.

Once the Snowshoe Lodge fills up, members can also stay at the Blue Creek Lodge in between Creede and South Fork, http://www.netblueprint.net/BlueCreek/, 1-800-326-6408.

I talked to several members of the Creede Snowmobile club and they said the snow down there has been fantastic this year. With neighboring Wolf Creek receiving 314” of snow, we should be good to go. I will have an updated trail system map along with snow reports from the Creede club, so we’ll be sure to find the deepness.

Avalanche Classes:

Our 2 avalanche safety classes with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness are coming up the weekend of February 26-28th. Each class is limited to 15 participants and there are already 5 people signed up for each class. To register for a class, go to our web site: http://www.summitsnowmobilers.com/events-calendar.html and click on the class you’d like to attend.

The first class will be held Friday, February 26th with an evening session followed by an on the snow session Saturday the 27. The second class will be held Saturday evening on the 27th followed by an on the snow session on Sunday the 28th.

The cost of the class will be $75 for club members, $100 if not a club member, which goes to help promote avalanche safety across the state. A snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche last week down by Wolf Creek, proving once again, that good avalanche education is something you can never get enough of.

We've got a lot more stuff to discuss, I hope to see you for our monthly club meeting at Q4U, at one of the upcoming avalanche classes or somewhere on the snow this winter!

Thanks, Rich Holcroft,
President - High Country Snowmobile Club

January HCSC Meeting and Events

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

A quick reminder that our regular club meeting will be held tomorrow night, @6pm at Q4U in Frisco. Thanks to everyone that either joined the club or that has renewed in time to keep getting these e-mails.

For the new members, club meeting are held the second Tuesday of each month all winter long @ 6pm at Q4U in Frisco. We hope to see you there.

Grooming:

Ross, Ron and Jared have been grooming at Spring Creek, we have good coverage at Spring Creek and the trails are in good shape. From what I hear the riding up high is good but there are a lot of rocks and stumps out there. Watch out for those lumps in the snow or pay the price in new parts at any of our fine business member, dealerships.

Rides:

For our ride this Sunday, 1/17, the plan is to ride Spring Creek and meet at the trail head from 9 - 9:30 am. We can break up into groups of different abilities and go our own way. We will meet up at the upper end of the groomed trail where it drops off down to the lower road for lunch about noon. Ron plans to run the groomer so the trails should be in great shape. Hope to see you there!
 
The Colorado Snowmobile Association, (CSA) convention will be January 22-24th at the Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort outside of Buena Vista. The lodging at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not sold out, there are currently 8 cabins left and 10 rooms available. For reservations please call 1 855-258-6710 use promo code: COLSNO. Thanks to Scott Peterson at the Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort for joining our club as a business member and supporting our grooming program.

The club will be in Creede in February for our overnight ride. We will be checking in February 19th and some members will be staying until the 22nd if the snow is good.  We have reserved all 6 rooms at the Creede Snowshoe Lodge, 202 E. 8th Street for the club. http://www.creedesnowshoe.com/ 719-658-2315, rooms are $87.60 a night. Lodging in town is somewhat limited so I booked all 6 rooms at the Snowshoe, tell them you are with the High Country Snowmobile Club. As of today, they have rooms available but they will sell out quickly!

Once the snowshoe fills, members can stay at the Blue Creek Lodge in between Creede and South Fork, http://www.netblueprint.net/BlueCreek/, 1-800-326-6408. We will be riding the Bristol Head area and probably the Love Lake area depending on the snow.

Avalanche Classes:

We have finalized 2 avalanche safety classes with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness. Each class is limited to 15 participants. The first class will be held Friday, February 26th with an evening session followed by an on the snow session Saturday the 27. The second class will be held Saturday evening on the 27th followed by an on the snow session on Sunday the 28th.

The cost of the class will be $75, which goes to help promote avalanche safety across the state. To register for a class, go to our web site: http://www.summitsnowmobilers.com/events-calendar.html click on the class you’d like to attend and fill out the online form. Classes are limited to 15 participants each and are being offered on a first come, first served basis. We are opening it up to club members first, then will allow non members to reserve, right up until the classes are full.  

Memberships:

If your friends haven’t joined or renewed their club membership please get after them. We do all this cool stuff plus it is important to have lots of members when we are working with the BLM and Forest service. If there are 400 people complaining about a potential closure or problem it goes a lot further than when just 40 people complain.

Thanks,
Rich Holcroft, President
High Country Snowmobile Club

 

HCSC Fall Update

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Hello Summit Snowmobilers,

Welcome back to Winter!

A quick reminder that our regular club meeting will be held the second Tuesday of each month, @ 6pm at Q4U in Frisco. If you look at the calendar that means November’s meeting will be on November 10th. We hope to see you there.

We’ve had a busy summer. We were able to complete our trail marking signage on the trails at Spring Creek as well as trim overhanging branches and fallen trees. Ross is planning to install some posts and snow poles on a few of the open spaces on the lower road but overall the trails are in great shape for grooming. Ross and I removed the covers off the snow cat and we have the mechanic scheduled to give the cat the once over in the next few weeks. It seems the snow has finally started falling, and the club is ready to groom.

Change of Location- January Overnight Ride and Upcoming Events

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

Happy Holidays!

January Overnight Ride:

I was just notified that the site of our January overnight ride, Electric Mountain Lodge has been sold to a Church group and will not be operating as a snowmobile lodge this winter. They are calling people with reservations, apologizing and re-funding your deposits. I was looking forward to riding there, but don't worry, we will still ride.

September 2014 Update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

I know it's the beginning of September and even though it seems as if summer might be making a return, it's time to start thinking about winter!

We are, getting ready to fire up the snowmobile club, prepare for our annual snowmobile season kickoff party, and making sure we are ready to groom our trails once the snow starts to fly. Here's a list of what we have going on.

March HCSC Update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,


Welcome to March! This winter is really starting to fly by for us. Hopefully this snow will stick around and we can continue to ride into May. We have our overnight ride to the Medicine Bow Lodge in Wyoming coming up this weekend. If you'd like to come, but haven't made reservations yet, please contact the Lodge at 1-800-409-5439 for more information and to check availability. It looks like a solid storm is scheduled to hit Northern Colorado and Wyoming on Friday so we should have fantastic conditions for the weekend's rides.

March Events:
• Snowies Weekend -March 7-9th.
• Monthly club meeting on the 11th at Q4U in Frisco, 6pm.
• Monthly day - Location TBD at Tuesday's meeting.

February HCSC Update

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This winter is proving to be the real deal. We have had a tremendous amount of snow since January's club member update. As promised we had a very eventful January. We had a great time on the January club ride at Rabbit Ears. We enjoyed over 4 feet of fresh snow on our way out to Buff Pass from the Ears. Probably the most epic snow for a club ride ever. 

There was a strong turnout for this year's snowmobile Safety Seminar in Frisco. Thanks to Mike at Silverthorne Powersports for putting the event together and to the Summit County Search and Rescue for the presentations. On the 25th of January, we helped out with our annual Wounded Warriors event. This year White Mountain Tours hosted the group.

Spring Creek Trail System

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Spring Creek Trail System

Grooming Status: Groomed
Snowfall: None in the past 48 hours
Last Report: 1/1/2014 10:30 PM

The whole trail system was groomed on Dec 12. The upper and lower shelf roads still have snow on them (12/29), please go light on the gas. There is a new connector trail further in towards the hill climbing area (which connects the upper and lower road). There is a very little section on it that has just been cat tracked packed, but is passable. The club sled has been in the shop which is why we haven't groomed the trail, but will soon. On Dec 24 we received some good snow and on 12/31. Thinking about grooming this week.

Link to Colorado Snowmobile Trail Map

HCSC New Year Update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

This is my last High Country Snowmobile Club update for 2013. I'd like to start off by thanking both the business and family members of the club for their support this past year. The countless hours of volunteer time our members have invested along with their paid memberships have helped make 2013 a banner year for the club.