Groomer’s Report

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Snow and Weather: -18C, winds 24km/hr, no new snow overnight, 50cm new snow in the last 24hours, total snowpack variable but around 260cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, McEvoy East Trail, Coal Creek from Paige’s Draw to Matheson. No grooming below Matheson to Coal Creek staging area due to high avalanche hazard / Coal Creek Slide Paths – this section last groomed Friday PM and we expect to groom it tonight if avalanche hazard drops from high to considerable as forecasted. Matheson and Martin last groomed Friday PM.

Corbin: 

On Thursday afternoon, sledders encountered heavy equipment plowing out the maintained trail at Corbin (from staging area down 4km to Barnes junction). The FSA was NOT notified in advance of any work planned in the area which is especially disturbing as we hold the registered land use partnership agreement with BC Trails and Rec Sites to manage and maintain this trail during the winter months. After investigating, it was discovered that CANFOR has plowed the road for their road building activities in the area in advance of timber harvesting activities to take place later this spring.  Our parking lot facilities, kiosk, and groomer are now essentially land locked by 4km of dirt road between the staging area and the start of the remaining section of trail. It is illegal in BC to snowmobile down a plowed forest service road, the groomer cannot drive down this section of trail without damaging the equipment, and there is just no reasonable space or environmental approval for us to construct a new parking lot / turn around / or passing lanes which would be suitable for trucks and trailers using the area. Unfortunately, at this time, it means we are unable to continue our operations in the Corbin Area this season. We will continue to strive for a solution but have very limited options at this time.

Coal Creek, Morrissey, Hartley & Ram are OPEN for snowmobiling with over 150km of maintained trails, three warming cabins, and parking lot facilities available for use. 

Groomer’s Report

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Weather and Snow: -10C, 50cm new snow overnight, total snowpack heights variable but around 270cm

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Summit Trail, Martin Connector.

CORBIN UPDATE:

On Thursday afternoon, sledders encountered heavy equipment plowing out the maintained trail at Corbin (from staging area down 4km to Barnes junction). The FSA was NOT notified in advance of any work planned in the area which is especially disturbing as we hold the registered land use partnership agreement with BC Trails and Rec Sites to manage and maintain this trail during the winter months. After investigating, it was discovered that CANFOR has plowed the road for their road building activities in the area in advance of timber harvesting activities to take place later this spring.  Our parking lot facilities, kiosk, and groomer are now essentially land locked by 4km of dirt road between the staging area and the start of the remaining section of trail. It is illegal in BC to snowmobile down a plowed forest service road, the groomer cannot drive down this section of trail without damaging the equipment, and there is just no reasonable space or environmental approval for us to construct a new parking lot / turn around / or passing lanes which would be suitable for trucks and trailers using the area. Unfortunately, at this time, it means we are unable to continue our operations in the Corbin. Area this season. We will continue to strive for a solution but have very limited options at this time.

Coal Creek, Morrissey, Hartley & Ram are OPEN for snowmobiling with over 150km of maintained trails, three warming cabins, and parking lot facilities available for use. 

Groomer’s Report

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Weather & Snow: -16C, trace amounts of new snow overnight, 15cm new snow in the past 7 days, total snowpack heights hovering around 220cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Coal Creek Trail, Summit Trail.

SPECIAL NOTICE:

Yesterday afternoon riders encountered equipment plowing the snowmobile trail out from the Corbin Staging area to the Barnes intersection. Typically TECK completes water sampling in March and is excellent about communicating their plans well in advance. We received no notification of such activities and are unsure at this time who has plowed out the trail or for what purpose as there is additional exploration and logging activities also occurring in the area. We will be reaching out to our contacts ASAP to inquire further. If it is for water sampling, the road closure is typically short-lived and we can use our snowcat to rebuild the road within a day. Will provide an update when further info is available. Apologies for the surprise to the unsuspecting riders out there today.

Groomer’s Report

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

BONUS GROOM

Weather and Snow: -18C ( warming to -12 near noon), no new snow overnight, 48cm new snow this week, total snowpack heights variable but around 230cm.

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

enjoy!

Groomer’s Report

Monday, February 18th, 2019

HAPPY FAMILY DAY WEEKEND!

Weather and Snow: -23C, 5cm new snow overnight, 47cm in the past 7 days, total snowpack heights around 230cm. Temperatures warming to -13C near noon.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, Coal Creek, Matheson last night. Bonus Coal Creek / Morrissey groom scheduled for tonight.

Martin last groomed Saturday

Corbin last groomed Saturday

Notch last groomed Saturday to double hill bypass (remainder of trail is in excellent packed powder condition)

McEvoy last groomed Friday

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.