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January 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Weather & Snow Conditions: -3C, skies clearing, 4cm new snow in the last 24 hours, 23cm of new snow this week. Total snowpack height around 190cm.
Grooming: Corbin groomed late yesterday afternoon from the staging area to Rain Gauge. We are still working to resolve issues with our Main Morrissey groomer and were unable to complete our regular scheduled groom last night. Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, and Doug Dean were track packed with the backup small 180 snowcat yesterday and we will head out again this afternoon to do the same. Please expect grooming traffic on trails all day today. We would like to ask riders to avoid the area just off the trail to the left of the final pitch up to the Notch summit until further notice – there is snow road building work and unmarked hazards in the area.
Update on the Morrissey Snowcat: Last week the snowcat operator became disoriented while grooming a mogul-ed up section of trail near the Notch and ended up off the normal groomed road. After rolling over a drop to look for a turn around, the machine punched through to an unconsolidated layer of snow that would not allow him to climb back up the pitch. Down was not an option due to the creek and forest below. Volunteers have been working day and night to build a section of packed snow road that will allow the cat to successfully climb up the pitch back to the road – a very slow process as it requires building a small section of ‘sugary’ snow road at a time and letting it set up to be firm enough to climb. The team is out today doing a site inspection with Conservation Officers and biologists to ensure all is well before we head up tomorrow with two additional snowcats and some rigging material to assist the blue cat back up onto the road. We are putting a call out for any volunteers who may be keen to lend a hand shoveling and packing snow tomorrow: you should be an advanced snowmobiler with sufficient ability and health to assist with shoveling and must have an avalanche transceiver. Crews will be departing the Morrissey Staging area at 9AM. We thank everyone in advance for your patience and assistance.