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.

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:

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
High Country Snowmobile Club

December 2013 update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

Thanks to every that came out to last weekend's kick off party and thanks again to our wonderful sponsors. At the party we signed up several new members and were able to raise over $900 for the grooming program!

Welcome to our new members, here's one of our regular updates.

Our next club meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at Q4U in Frisco at 6pm. We should have lots to talk about since we have a lot going on.

In grooming news, we should have our check for the Bombardier BR-275 next week. Unfortunately the other club we are purchasing the cat from won't get their check quite as fast. I have been in contact with the Arrowhead club to see if they might be able to have their cat delivered a little earlier than their check. I should know more by the meeting.

Ross and Ron went up to the trailhead earlier this week and dropped off the sled, drag and the snow poles for the trails. We are working out some kinks with the set up of the drag but hope to be off and running with this set up until the cat gets here.

We are scheduled to hold our first club snowmobile ride on January 20th. For other events, we are hosting the wounded warriors from Fort Carson at the Louis Lodge in Breckenridge, on top of Cty Rd. 450. The ride will be on Saturday January 5th. We will take them out on the trails of the Golden Horseshoe to Georgia Pass. We are looking for volunteers and anyone with an extra sled that the warriors could ride. Please reply to this e-mail if you are interested.

Snow Safety News!

Mike at Silverthorne Powersports is hosting his annual Snowmobile Safety Seminar on Friday January 18th at 6:30 to 8:00 pm. at the Summit County Senior Center in Frisco. The event will have a avalanche safety workshop provided by Summit County Search and Rescue in one room and a vendor presentations in another. We plan to attend and provide refreshments for participants and hopefully get some new members.

Other rides:

The CSA convention will be held at South fork, CO on January 25-27, 2013. Lots of great riding in the area and The San Juan's have been getting very good snow recently. There is still time to register if you are interested. Information on the event can be found on the CSA web site, www.snowmobilecolo.com. I will be staying at the Ute Bluff Lodge if you get thirsty.

CSA's sponsored Pink Ribbon Ride will be at Grand Lake on March 8th and 9th 2013. The ride is a great fund raiser for the Pink Ribbon Riders, a group which donates money directly to men and women with breast cancer. Information can be found at http://www.pinkribbonriders.com/wp/snow-run-tour-usa/.

Hope to see you at the next club meeting on the 8th. Have a great holiday season and a safe new year!

Rich Holcroft


High Country Snowmobile Club