Goose Creek Jan 26th 2018 With temps in our favour we decided to try pull the drag to the Shaw Cabin. A slow pull for sure but the 180 managed to find just enough traction to get the job done. There was another 35 cm of fresh at the cabin since Wednesdays groom.
Several more trees had to be removed from trail. Please be careful and aware of your surroundings, many trees leaning this season look around before you park.
On Ladybirds groom Thurs night 14 trees had to be removed from trail. Please pack some flagging tape and mark any hazards with a couple branches ahead of any hazard. Thanks and be sure to check out the avalanche report.
Jan 24th 2018 Goose Creek trail. We decided to get on it early as the weather sounded like it was going to turn ugly (remember when I write this I am a groomer guy first sledder second, ugly means hard to work snow at bottom deep powder up top)As we do not have a tiller on the Br-180, warm temps make it very difficult to resurface the trail when temps are not below zero. Minus 5 c to about Minus 15 c is considered the best temp if you were wondering. Snow that moves and still has good moisture stands up the longest.
Expecting it to be deep we opted on track packing (leaving the 2300 lb drag in the parking lot) The first couple km on the way up it was impossible to work the snow but it got better with every km. The snow was pretty heavy till just after the old sawmill site (5 km) then it got deep quick.
We probed 53 cm of great powder on the trail from last Thurs and a base of 248 cm at airport turnaround.
Jan 25th, The 275 is on the Ladybird trail tonight as I write this planning on going to the 19 km turnaround.
Thanks Steph, Frosty and all you others who have helped this season on the tree clearing, it is appreciated. Have a good weekend.
Goose Creek trail groomed to airport with drag in tow to the top. The snow was bad till about 7 km but then quickly changed to 15 cm of nice powder. The bottom 5 km of trail was very sticky and hard to work with so please try to go easy on the trail, as without cold temps it will fall apart quickly.
The top of the airport also had 15 cm of fresh and the base was still sitting at 200 cm. We also track packed and did some blade work on the Frosty trail. Only one small tree had to be removed from the trail.
Ladybird trail was also groomed last night to 19 km all went well on the way up but coming down the tiller decided to stop spinning. Sounds like electrical problem but will have to do some troubleshooting to confirm.
There are several bad layers on the snow pack right now so play it safe and avoid any potential hazards. Lots of areas to ride without going into hazard areas till things bond up. Check the avalanche report.