HCSC News

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.

Events:

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

President

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.

Thanks,

Rich Holcroft,

President

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.

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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FROM: COLORADO SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION

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:

October Update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

Hope everyone had a nice summer and in case you haven't seen the latest weather forecast, Snow is coming!

There are a few things starting to come together for this winter that I wanted to make you aware of.

First off, the club's board has agreed to start up the regular club meeting beginning in October. As you may be aware, the meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm, @ Q4U in Frisco. This month's meeting will be on Tuesday the 8th of October, hope to see you there.

Other snowmobile events, the Colorado Snowmobile Expo is being held Saturday and Sunday October 12th and 13th in Denver. New this year, the location will be held at the National Western Complex. Think more parking, more room for the swap meet. I'll be there to attend the quarterly CSA meeting on Saturday.

In club news, we have been approved by the Forest Service for an additional 3 miles of trail grooming at Spring Creek. This winter we will be allowed to groom further out and below Elliot Ridge and cut down thru the meadows and old logging roads to connect to the lower road. This will allow snowmobilers to have an easier access off the ridge in low light or white out conditions. It also lets us make a Figure 8 out of our groomed trails so we can use the snowcat's fuel more efficiently.

We will be planning on a trail work day or two for October. We need to trim a lot of branches on the new trails and perhaps do some other tree maintenance depending on who attends, (USFS?). Ross and I have already made a big dent on the tree and stump removal, but there is always more to do. At this point I have tentatively scheduled one work day for Sunday, October 20th, so get it on your schedule.

At the club meeting we will also be planning for our kickoff party and fundraiser for the 2014 snowmobile season, hope to see you there.

Rich Holcroft

President, High Country Snowmobile Club

February 2013 Meeting

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

Hope you are all having a chance to get out in some of this fresh snow we've been getting.

Here is your reminder that the club meeting is Tomorrow, Tuesday February 12th, 6pm at Q4U in Frisco.

For grooming news, we have some great news. We took delivery of our new snowcat Saturday morning. After fixing a flat tire, and plowing out the driveway and a parking spot for our fuel trailer, we were able to get out and start grooming Spring Creek. Tim was able to groom the lower road on Saturday and the upper road Sunday evening. It only took 2 years of paperwork and 8 months of waiting for our grant check, but now we are officially a grooming club!

Thanks to JP Trucking for the deal on the hauling from the Montrose area and delivery to Spring Creek. Thanks also to Tim, Ron and Bruce for coming out helping with the unloading of the cat, Pat for the fuel tank & trailer and Ben for helping with the installation of the signs along the wilderness boundary. We had a busy weekend but are now up and running with our groomer!

Our February club ride is scheduled for Sunday the 17th. Next month we have our annual overnight weekend ride in the Steamboat Lake Area. we will be staying at the Hahns Peak Roadhouse the weekend of March 15th thru the 17th.

I've got a lot of other items to cover at the meeting tomorrow night, the quarterly CSA meeting, the Pink Ribbon Ride in March and more.

Hope to see you all tomorrow night at Q4U.

Rich Holcroft
President,
High Country Snowmobile Club