Hello High Country Snowmobilers,
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!
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.
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