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.

You should have received the Snowscoop a few weeks ago announcing the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo. I participated in the snowmobile swap and was able to sell one sled and a dirt bike. I saw quite a few club members down there and went to the Colorado Snowmobile Association quarterly board meeting on Sunday.

CSA announced that their annual convention and ride will be hosted by the Buena Vista and Salida clubs this year from January 22-24th. They will be riding Cottonwood, St. Elmo and Marshall Pass areas. If you haven’t ridden in the Collegiate Peaks area, you should definitely check it out. We usually get a few of our members attending the convention and it has always been a great time. The convention and lodging will be at the Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort, so you can soak your tired bones after a full day of riding.

Everything seems to be coming in line for our Snowmobile Season Kick-Off Party and fundraiser, Saturday November 21st at the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco. We will once again be hosting the Summit County premier of the latest Boondockers Movie, Boondockers 12. Dan Gardiner was nice enough to hook us up with copies of the new movie and all kinds of Boondockers gear. Matt Entz with Mountain Skillz said he’ll be there for sure.

We need additional items and donations to give away at the event. We will be raffling off a 2 day snowmobile class with Matt Entz as one of our grand prizes, but we always need more stuff! It seems our kick-off party always brings a big dump of snow so let’s kick off the season in a big way once again!

Speaking of raffles and give a ways, CSA is once again doing their snowmobile raffle over the next 5 weeks. This year the first prize is a 2016 Arctic Cat M8000 Sno-Pro, Valued at $12,999. Second prize is a ZR 120 kids sled. Raffle tickets are $5.00, and we have 400 tickets to distribute to members to sell. The best part is for every ticket our club sells, the club receives $2.40 to help support the grooming program. This is a great event and a great fundraiser for the club, if you’d like tickets to sell, let me know or stop by tomorrow’s meeting. We will also have plenty of tickets to sell at the Kick-Off party.

One of our business members, Alpine Motor Sports in Kremmling is a participating Arctic Cat dealer for the CSA raffle. Erik will once again assign the portion of all the tickets sold at his shop to our club. Alpine Motor Sports will also be having an open house and party November 14th. For more information check out http://www.alpinemotorsportsinc.com

New this year, we will be coordinating an intro to Avalanche Awareness class with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness instructor Brian Lundstedt. http://www.backcountryawareness.org

This will be a 2 day course, one evening classroom session and one full day on the snow at Spring Creek. It will be quite a bit more hands on than any avalanche class we have hosted in the past. Class size is limited to 10-15 people and we will schedule as many classes as it takes to get interested members taken care of. Brian and I will watch the snowpack, hopefully we will get enough snow to have a class or two in December, the rest will be scheduled in February. I’ll keep you posted on their schedule.

We are planning a few overnight rides for this year. We were originally talking about returning to Hahns Peak Lodge in February but we will have to watch snowfall, we may want to reserve some room in South Fork in case the South gets hammered this winter. We can talk about the ride locations at our November Meeting.

You may have seen an e-mail that your CSA and club memberships are expiring, memberships run on a calendar year and your 2015 membership will expire at the end of December. Please don’t forget to renew in order to keep receiving our club communications. Memberships can be renewed online at www.snowmobilecolo.com or in person at any club meeting or event.

Hope to see you all November 10th, thanks!

Rich Holcroft,


High Country Snowmobile Club

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.

After some scrambling and checking availability, we have picked Vega Lodge, on the north/east side of Grand Mesa to be the new site of our overnight ride. They have a full service restaurant, fuel onsite, plenty of trailer parking and all 6 of their winter cabins available. www.vegalodge.com.

Vega Lodge has agreed to hold all their cabins from the night of January 16th to the 18th for our group. If you are interested, please get in touch with them at (970) 487-3733 asap. They have 2 larger cabins that would work for bigger groups, so if you'd like to get some friends together, that is a great option.

It seems the entire state is in line to get a lot of snow from Sunday to Wednesday of next week, so conditions everywhere are looking up.

Spring Creek Grooming Update:

The groomer is fueled up and ready to go, unfortunately both the BLM and Forest Service have timber sales and extractions happening. The beginning of the trail system been plowed by logging companies. The BLM is logging off the first mile of trail to the USFS gate. The forest service contractor is logging from the intersection where the upper road first splits off the main road, to where our first connector trail heads from the lower road up to Elliot Ridge.

The good news is that our groomers have been told by the Forest Service contractors that they plan to wrap up and be out of Spring Creek by the first of the New Year. The upper road is not being plowed and is available for snowmobiling up to the ridge. With the main access road being plowed, we don't want to drive our cat to the upper road every time and beat it up just to do some early season packing/grooming. Hopefully both timber companies get scared off with this next storm cycle and wrap up for the year so we can start packing out and widening the trails.

The Forest Service has asked me to tell users to please not drive vehicles and trailers up the plowed road the upper road intersection. Apparently there have already been issues with trucks with trailers getting stuck trying to turn around and problems when logging trucks and equipment trying to pass snowmobile trailers on the narrow plowed road. Please use the regular winter trailhead and ride in from there.


We have a few events coming up including our big overnight rides.

  • January club meeting is the 13th at Q4U in Frisco, new change this month is the meeting will be at 6:30 pm instead of 6pm.
  • January's overnight ride will be at the Vega Lodge, riding on the Grand Mesa, (outside of Collbran) on January 16, 17 and 18, 2015. http://www.vegalodge.com/ 
  • CSA convention and ride will be in Meeker, January 22-25. Information is available on CSA's web site at: http://www.snowmobilecolo.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=45117&module_id=149597
  • February's meeting will be on the 10th at Q4U in Frisco at 6:30 pm.
  • February's overnight trip will be to the Hahn's Peak lodge, (north of Steamboat) on February 20, 21 and 22nd 2015. www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com

This will be the final reminder for many of you that your club and CSA memberships will be expiring on December 31st. If you do not renew, you will not receive updates on club events and happenings. Memberships can be renewed online at www.snowmobilecolo.com or in person at any club meeting or event.

Thanks and have a happy and healthy Holiday Season!

Rich Holcroft


High Country Snowmobile Club


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.

September Events:

September 9th, Club meeting at Q4U in Frisco 6pm.

Trail work day, tentatively scheduled for September 20 or 21. We are making plans to trim up some of the trees along the trail system and install trail diamonds. We are getting an earlier start on it this year since we've been snowed out the past few seasons. Schedule will be finalized at the club meeting.

October Events:

October 11 and 12, Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo in Denver

October, 14th Club monthly meeting at Q4U in Frisco.

Other News:

We have 2 weekend overnight rides on this year's schedule. Get these on your calendar and reserve your rooms!

January's overnight ride will be to the Electric Mountain Lodge on the east side of the Grand Mesa, (outside of Paonia) on January 16, 17 and 18, 2015.

February's overnight ride will be to the Hahn's Peak lodge, (north of Steamboat). That weekend's ride will be held on February 20, 21 and 22nd 2015. 

I hope to see everyone at one of the upcoming meetings, or on a trail work day. Please bring a friend.


Rich Holcroft,



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.

Club News:

February HCSC Update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

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.

2014 promises to be another great year. The early season snow this year has been fantastic and we have more events on our calendar than ever before.

Upcoming events include:

1/9 Ullr Parade Float in Breckenridge

1/11 HCSC Group ride at Rabbit Ears 9:00 am

1/14 January HCSC Meeting 6:00 pm @ Q4U in Frisco

1/16 Snowmobile Safety Seminar at the Senior Center, Frisco

1/25 Wounded Warrior Ride, location TBA

1/31-2/2 CSA convention and rides in Gunnison. Info at www.snotrackers.com

2/11 February HCSC Meeting 6:00 pm @ Q4U in Frisco

2/16 HCSC Group ride, location TBA

2/21-2/23 HCSC Weekend ride out of the Medicine Bow Lodge in the Snowy Range!

New forest plan for the San Juan National Forest significantly impacts your motorized usage

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The new forest plan for the San Juan National Forest significantly impacts your motorized usage & CSA's concerns are:

1. Several important riding areas, such as Molas Pass and the Sharkstooth areas, with long histories of snowmobile usage are identified as currently closed despite on-going usage. This is illegal. If the areas are to be closed these impacts must be analyzed and not just have the area identified as already closed in the plan.

2. The Plan designates an additional 83% of the Forest as unsuitable for summer motorized usage and states that routes in these newly unsuitable areas would not be considered for incorporation into the travel system and would be prioritized for decommissioning. This change incorporates unsuitability standards for all wildlife habitat, despite numerous previous decisions that motorized usage of these areas was permissible, such as the Wolverine, Lynx and Grouse. This sets a dangerous precedent for future winter planning.

3. Suitability area boundaries are designed to reduce user conflicts but at no point does the plan discuss the nature of the conflicts or how closing an additional 83% of the Forest will mitigate these concerns. NVUM analysis clearly identifies current management boundaries are highly effective at providing a quality recreational experience to all users.

4. Economic analysis of recreational spending is facially incorrect and incorrectly asserts conclusions are based on NVUM data, which is simply not accurate at all. NVUM analysis asserts all recreational users spend on average $59 per day, while the SJ/TR plan asserts this is $30 per day. The FEIS spending profiles for particular user groups are even more erroneous, as follows.

December Update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

I'd like to welcome our new club members who joined at last month's kick off party. We had a great turn out considering it was dumping. Thanks to the generous donations from club business members, and outside sponsors, we were able to raise $2,000 for the club's grooming program.

It seems winter is finally upon us and with all this recent snow, the riding is fantastic. Hope you have a chance to get out there this weekend and tear it up. If you do go, please check out the current avalanche forecast @ https://avalanche.state.co.us/pub_bc_avo.php?zone_id=2

We have the monthly club meeting coming up next Tuesday December 10th at 6pm in Frisco at Q4U. Hope to see you all there, we will have several things to discuss including our event schedule: