POSTPONED Bob Arnott Memorial Family Ride

Dec 26th Update: Event Postponed due to low snow lower trail elevations – not suitable for a family ride with little ones. We look forward to rescheduling in the new year.

Join us for this family-friendly memorial trail ride in honor of past FSA president Bob Arnott. Bob was instrumental in the construction of the Rolling Hills Cabin and the daily operations of the Fernie Snowmobile Association for many years. His legacy of stewardship and community spirit is recognized each winter in this ride and by an FSA scholarship awarded in his name each year to a student pursuing secondary education in the trades.

Departing Morrissey Staging Area at 10AM, BBQ at the Rolling Hills cabin at 12pm. All members welcome to attend.

Groomer’s Report

Groomer’s Report

Conditions: -9C, 4cm new snow in the past 24 hours. From Morrissey trailhead to Graffiti Rock / Waterfall elevation (1500m or about 15 minutes up the trail): ice with rocks showing, good winter conditions above that elevation with a nice little surprise reload of snow at upper elevations yesterday AM.

Grooming: We were unable to complete our regularly scheduled Morrissey groom last PM due to unexpected electrical issues with the snowcat. The operator and our mechanic were out working to resolve and we anticipate the cat heading out later this afternoon to lay down some fresh corduroy for the weekend. Corbin last groomed Dec 26th.

 

Corbin Grooming Report

Conditions: -3C, light flurries, good snow commences about 200m from staging area, good trail coverage beyond that.

Groomed: Staging area to Rain Gauge turn off.

NOTE: Trail fee collections now in place for the season. Please remit $25 cash to trailhead attend or place in lock box. Trail fees support grooming and trail maintenance services under partnership agreement with Recreations Sites and Trails BC. Annual unlimited memberships can be purchased here:

Membership

Grooming Report

Conditions: -3C, light winds at the cabin, 4cm new snow in the past 24 hours, 72cm new snow in the past 7 days. Morrissey trail icy / rocks / variable conditions from staging area to graffiti rock / waterfall elevation (approx 15 min up trail), good winter conditions above.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, part of Pipeline Trail, McEvoy East Trail.

Grooming Report

Conditions: 20cm new snow in the past 24 hours, temp -2C. Snow much drier than the previous two days and grooming out nicely. Good powder snow riding at upper elevations. Snow level is at first yellow bridge (about 1500m elevation or 15min up trail).

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, part of the Pipeline / Notch trail.

Groomer’s Report

Groomer’s Report:

Conditions: From kiosk to first yellow bridge: rain & sleet, trail icy, use caution. Rain turns to snow above that with good powder riding conditions. 11cm new snow in the past 24 hours, 40 cm in the past 48 hours above 1500m. 61cm new snow in the past 7 days. Total snowpack depth in most upper riding areas is between 130cm and 2 meters.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, part of the Notch / Pipeline Trail, BBQ propane restocked at Wrangler’s Cabin

 

Grooming Report

First Day of Winter 19/20 Operations

Welcome Back – We’ve Missed You!

Coal Creek CLOSED by private landowner for logging operations. Road is currently plowed from Coal Creek Staging Area, up to Matheson, Paige’s Draw, Martin and through to the Michel Creek bridge near Corbin – no snowmobiling permitted. Please do not park on the road and block logging traffic.

We are anticipating the following to be groomed and OPEN for Saturday: Morrissey parking lots plowed (upper and lower), Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Notch Trail, McEvoy East Trail, Notch Trail, Doug Dean Trail. Conditions and weather dependant. Kiosk will be staffed 7 days a week starting on Saturday – please have your memberships ready to present or $25 day use trail fees in effect (cash only).

Groomer’s Report:

It may be pouring rain in town but it’s definitely winter up top and highway 3 into FERNIE is OPEN. Morrissey, Doug Dean, part of the Pipeline, and Summit Trail freshly groomed for Saturday’s rider’s! Rolling Hills and Wranglers Cabin OPEN. 28cm new snow last night & 8 cm new snow through the day today with strong, gusty winds at times. Expect variable trail conditions from Morrissey staging area to Waterfall with good powder snow riding at upper elevation. Morrissey trailhead kiosk OPEN: please present membership card or $25 day use fee in effect.

AM Update from the kiosk: 4C at staging area. Road from hwy to staging is icy but sanded. Parking lot connector trail has limited snow coverage with icy spots. Lowest Morrissey trail is hard packed ice but turns to snow around waterfall. Another 23cm new snow overnight at upper elevations.

Grooming Start Up

We have started road building and grooming operations! Please watch for slow-moving equipment on trail 24 hours a day and yield accordingly.

Coal Creek CLOSED by private landowner for logging activities. No staging permitted at Coal Creek. Road is plowed from Coal Creek up to Matheson, Paige’s Draw, Marting, and through to the Michel bridge (near Corbin). Please note it is illegal to snowmobile on a plowed road. Do not park on road and block logging traffic. Please use Morrissey staging area instead. Coal Creek will open when logging activities have ceased or snow levels become too high for industrial activity to continue (typically mid-January).