General Members Meeting

April General Members Meeting

7:15pm

Park Place Lodge

All FSA members in good standing are welcome to attend.

Fernie Gumball

Our newest event! Teams (four riders per team) will have six hours to find checkpoints and complete a variety of skills challenges to earn points. The event involves navigation, strategy, skill, great costumes, and a bit of luck to win! The course will be set up over several hundred acres of varying terrain accessible from our maintained trail network and warming shelters. Shorter, family-friendly course will also be available. Email to info@ferniesnowmobile.com for more information. Registration deadline is March 24th.

Groomer’s Report

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Weather and Conditions: -3C, clear skies, no new snow overnight, snowing lightly this AM. Total snowpack heights variable but around 2 meters at upper riding elevations. Spring melt now well underway: expect patchy dirt/snow riding up Coal Creek below the Matheson and up Morrissey below the first bridge. We are still grooming corduroy above these elevations with good spring corn snow. No refreeze overnight.

Spring Parking: We are allowing trucks/sled decks and small trailers to travel past the Coal Creek Kiosk up the trail to the first bridge. From here, please use the plowed turnaround provided and park facing downhill on the North side of the road. Check in with kiosk attendant to ensure there is room for you! Best staging for large trailers at this time is Morrissey – please note there is NO ROOM for vehicles and trailers to park or turn around above the Morrissey Kiosk at this time. Help us conserve trail quality and keep our grooming season going as long as possible by NOT driving your vehicles up the groomed trail past the snowline.

Groomed: Morrissey (from the first bridge up), Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Coal Creek down to the switchback. No grooming or trail maintenance at Corbin due to logging activities.

Groomer’s Report

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Weather and Conditions: -3C, clear skies, no new snow overnight. Total snowpack heights variable but around 2 meters at upper riding elevations. Both lower Coal Creek and Morrissey trails are starting their spring melt out with patches of dirt now showing – the groomer operator has been spending considerable time pushing snow around to maintain coverage as best possible on all groomed routes. Conditions are spring corn snow throughout with no overnight re-freeze. Lowest Coal Creek between the staging area and the first bridge has limited snow left – we are allowing vehicles to drive past the kiosk up trail, turn around in the upper parking lot beside the bridge and park facing downtrail on North side of the road. Please check in with the attendant to ensure there is room left – suitable for trucks with sled decks only. For those hauling large trailers, we recommend using the Morrissey Staging Area for best parking/access at this time. Please help us conserve trail quality and length of our operating season by NOT driving up the groomed trail past the snowline.

Groomed: Morrissey (from the first bridge up), Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Coal Creek down to the switchback. No grooming or trail maintenance at Corbin due to logging activities.

Groomer’s Report

Saturday March 23, 2019

Weather and Conditions: -3C, clear skies, no new snow overnight. Total snowpack heights variable but around 2 meters at upper riding elevations. Both lower Coal Creek and Morrissey trails are starting their spring melt out with occasional patches of dirt now showing – the groomer operator has been spending considerable time pushing snow around to maintain coverage as best possible on all groomed routes. Conditions are spring corn snow throughout with no overnight re-freeze. Lowest Coal Creek between the staging area and the first bridge has limited snow left – we are allowing vehicles to drive past the kiosk up trail, turn around in the upper parking lot beside the bridge and park facing downtrail on North side of the road. Please check in with the attendant to ensure there is room left – suitable for trucks with sled decks only. For those hauling large trailers, we recommend using the Morrissey Staging Area for best parking/access at this time. Please help us conserve trail quality and length of our operating season by NOT driving up the groomed trail past the snowline.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, McEvoy East Trail. No grooming or trail maintenance at Corbin due to logging activities.

Groomer’s Report

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Weather and Snow: -2C, no new snow overnight, total snowpack heights variable but around 200cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, Notch Trail, Coal Creek Trail

With the spring melt well on it’s way, riders will find the best lower elevation trail conditions/access via the Morrissey. Remember: Coal Creek was plowed to dirt up until Feb 16th so the only snow on the trail below Paige’s Draw is what we could salvage from the banks or what fell from the sky since then. We will be moving staging access uphill at Coal Creek this week. Vehicles choosing to stage out of Coal Creek can use the main parking lot, or stop at the kiosk to check in with the attendant and if room, drive past kiosk up trail to the turnaround and park facing downhill on the road (NORTH side of the road) to reduce the amount of ‘dirt’ you need to ride. Please help us conserve the trail and do not drive in your vehicles past the updated snow berm location! We will do our best to plow turn arounds and gradually move the staging access uphill as conditions permit. We are still grooming all Morrissey and Coal Creek loops 4 nights a week and conditions are excellent spring riding.

Groomer’s Report

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Weather and Snow: -2C, no new snow overnight, light winds

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Matheson Trail

Groomer’s Report

Sunday March 17, 2019

Weather and Snow: -5C, no new snow overnight, 28cm in the past 7 days, total snowpack heights variable but around 230cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Notch Trail (to the peak).

Groomer’s Report

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Weather and Snow: -5C, 0cm new snow overnight, 28cm in the last 7 days, total snowpack heights variable but around 230cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail. McEvoy East Trail, Coal Creek Trail