Groomer’s Report

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

HAPPY FAMILY DAY WEEKEND!

Weather and Snow: -13C, cloudy, 5cm new snow overnight, 52cm this week, snowpack height variable in our region but averaging around 230cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Coal Creek from Rolling Hills Cabin to Matheson (no grooming below Matheson due to high avalanche hazard / coal creek slide paths), Martin from Paige’s Draw to Bray Creek Flats, Notch from Wranglers Cabin to bottom of first double hill bypass, Corbin.

Corbin Vintage Snowmobile Ride

It’s Back!

Shine up that vintage sled and join us for a classic family-friendly poker ride, Dirty Dangles style! Riders purchase ‘hands’ at the trailhead and proceed in style to checkpoints where they receive ‘numbers’. Best hand at the finish line winds. Only riders on vintage sleds will have the chance to win an award. With that being said, all sleds are welcome to buy poker hands and join in on all the fun.

Location: Corbin Staging Area

Registration: 9am- 12pm

Vintage Ride: 12-3pm

Post-ride: Silent Auction, Chili and a Bun for $5, trophies for Hard Luck, Little Ripper, Best Vintage, Best Dressed, and Dangler’s Choice!

All riders must have valid FSA membership or purchase $25 trail day use fee. Poker hands: $20 for one or $40 for three.


RESULTS!

Thank too you to all the families that traveled from near and far to participate in the Corbin Vintage Snowmobile Poker Derby this weekend. We had 50 participants and a delicious feast of fresh powder to enjoy! Please help us to thank our volunteers and partners for making this wonderful event happen in our community. And the winners are:
 
High Hand: Ian Stafford (donated back to the FSA)
Low Hand: Greg Chartier (donated back to the FSA)
Mystery Hand: Mike Morishita (donated back to the FSA)
50/50: Janna Collins
Hard Luck: Remy Collins
Little Ripper: Sierra Chartier
Oldest Sled: Mike Morishita
Dangler’s Choice: Joel Cumming
Best Dressed: Justin
 
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS & PARTNERS: the Dirty Dangles, Carol and Barry Wilson, Mike Swennen, Structural Truss Systems from Ft McCloud, Phillpot Honey, Harvey and Bernadette French, Piston Broke Brewing, Chelsey Brassard, Greg Chartier, Ian Stafford, Archie French, Eileen French, the Mudslingers (Pincher Creek MudBogs), Halo Safety Management Ltd. (Brooks, AB), Freak Fishin & Tours, A&E Racing & Marine, Mike Morishita, Fortis, Bret Hart, Brayden Shepherd, Inphase Electric and Controls, Beaver Mines General Store, Frontier Safety, Allied, OK Tire, Danny Wilson, Cinnamon Bear (Coleman, AB).

Groomer’s Report

Saturday, February 16, 2019 – Happy Family Day Weekend!

Morrissey Weather and Snow: -6C few cm fresh overnight, 52cm new snow this week, total snowpack heights variable around 230cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, McEvoy East Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Corbin, Coal Creek from Rolling Hills Cabin to Matheson. Coal Creek from Matheson to staging area was day groomed on Thursday – no grooming on this 4km stretch last night due to high avalanche hazard.

Coal Creek: Opens for the season today: please expect ‘early season conditions’ with rough sections. Watch for stored logging equipment on side of the trail. Limited parking available due to slash piles in the staging area. Best family-friendly grooming conditions this weekend will be via Morrissey staging area (can access same cabins and terrain via Morrissey which has been groomed all season).

Corbin Vintage Ride Today!

General Members Meeting

All active members in good standing are welcome to attend our monthly general meeting, 7:15pm at the Park Place Lodge.

Executive Members Meeting

Executive Members ONLY, 6:15pm at the Park Place Lodge.

General members are welcome to attend the General Members meeting at 7:15pm.

Grooming Report

Friday, February 15, 2019

Weather and Snow: -9C, 7cm new snow overnight, 55cm new snow this week, total snowpack heights around 230cm.

Groomed: Lower Morrissey, Summit Trail, Coal Creek Parking Lot, lower Coal Creek road building in preparation for weekend opening. Corbin scheduled to be groomed later today.

Groomer’s Report

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Weather and Snow Update: -11C, ocm new snow overnight, 30cm in the last 48 hours, 48cm in the past 72 hours, total snowpack height around 230cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, road building work continues on Coal Creek trail and staging area. See Sunday’s Groomer Report for more information and updates on Coal Creek. Both Morrissey lots plowed yesterday.

Groomer’s Report

Monday, February 11, 2019

Weather and Snow:-19C,  few cm of new snow overnight, light winds, total snowpack height variable but hovering around 2 meters.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, Rolling Hills cabin down Coal Creek Trail to Matheson

Coal Creek Update:

We were given the green light two weeks ago to commence snow road building activities up Coal Creek by the private landowner as they had finished timber harvesting activities in that area for the season. The FSA immediately hired heavy equipment to assist blading snow back into the road from the banks in advance of sending the snowcat down the trail to complete the delicate task of actual trail building and grooming.
 
In anticipation of an opening, our snowcat operators had been maintaining the trail from the Rolling Hills Cabin to Paige’s Draw all season which left that stretch in excellent condition. However, work below this junction has proven difficult due to large rocks/woody debris left on the trail. As of last Sunday PM we were able to complete a significant amount of clearing/building down to the Matheson junction while still maintaining our 4 day a week grooming schedule.
 
Mother Nature threw us some help yesterday with 30cm of new snow! This new snow is ‘bridging’ over the crud and allowing us to continue efforts with day cat work this week as we tediously pack and re-establish a safe and groomable trail down the last stretch to the staging area.
 
Your Safety: Please note that recent logging activity has created new avalanche paths affecting the road and your exposure while riding on the trail (above the switchbacks, just after the bridge). We will be working with avalanche professionals to mitigate grooming access in this area as we do with the lower CC slide paths under the operational direction of our Avalanche Safety Plan. There is a buncher head and water tank that we will be marking off with flagging and, when conditions permit, a snow berm. At this time, the CC staging area is occupied by a few remaining slash piles limiting available parking opportunities this winter.
 
We will continue to post updates via our social media channels, the groomer’s reports on our website, and we will also distribute an email to members once Coal Creek is officially open for access. Please note that the BEST quality groomed trails and parking will be via the Morrissey Staging area this weekend. A reminder that you can access the same sledding areas traditionally available from CC via Morrissey (there is, in fact, quicker access to and more km of grooming available on that side of the trail network). Both Morrissey lots plowed this AM.

Groomer’s Report

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Weather and Snow: -27C, light winds, no new snow overnight, total height of snowpack variable but hovering around 2 meters.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Notch Trail, Summit Trail, East McEvoy Trail.

Coal Creek Update: We were given the green light last week to commence snow road building activities by the private landowner as they had completed timber harvesting activities in the Coal Creek area for the season. We have since hired heavy equipment to assist blading snow back on to the road from the banks in advance of sending the snowcat down the trail to complete the delicate task of actual trail building and grooming. The trail is in excellent winter condition from the Rolling Hills Cabin to Paige’s Draw. However, we are currently unable to continue work below Paige’s Draw down to the Coal Creek Staging Area due to pieces of logging equipment and significant debris including logs and rocks  (see photos). The Coal Creek staging area is currently occupied by several slash piles and other debris which are prohibiting safe usage at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and will work towards rebuilding the road as conditions permit but at this time, with no significant snowfall in the forecast, there is no ETA to having this staging area open for public this season. Please use Morrissey as your alternate access. Hartly, Ram, and Corbin staging areas also open.

Groomer’s Report

Friday, February 8, 2019

Weather and Snow: -15C, 8cm new snow overnight, 40cm new snow in the past 7 days, total snowpack height variable but hovering around 2 meters.

Avalanche Canada SPECIAL PUBLIC AVALANCHE WARNING in effect for our riding areas. Please read here.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Notch Trail, McEvoy East Trail.

Coal Creek Update: We were given the green light last week to commence snow road building activities by the private landowner as they had completed timber harvesting activities in the Coal Creek area for the season. We have since hired heavy equipment to assist blading snow back on to the road from the banks in advance of sending the snowcat down the trail to complete the delicate task of actual trail building and grooming. The trail is in excellent winter condition from the Rolling Hills Cabin to Paige’s Draw. However, we are currently unable to continue work below Paige’s Draw down to the Coal Creek Staging Area due to pieces of logging equipment and significant debris including logs and rocks  (see photos). The Coal Creek staging area is currently occupied by several slash piles and other debris which are prohibiting safe usage at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and will work towards rebuilding the road as conditions permit but at this time, with no significant snowfall in the forecast, there is no ETA to having this staging area open for public this season. Please use Morrissey as your alternate access. Hartly, Ram, and Corbin staging areas also open.