Blue Hills Trail CONDITIONS
Sunday - evening update
Packed powder conditions, very good skating and striding.
A very destructive mid December ice storm (visit our blog for photos etc) initially shut down our skiing. Despite the December ice storm, about half of our East Side trails are open; Excelsior Road is open on the West Side. Click here for helpful maps that show our open trails.
Snowshoers: we prefer you use the Ridges Snowshoe Trail as your first option. If snowshoeing on the groomed ski trail, please snowshoe well to the side. On January 26, a great new loop was added to the Ridges Trail - the 'Highland Loop' - it climbs to the Ridgeline near intersection #12. Click here to learn about the 'Highland Loop'.
Autumn 2022, loggers cut a large timber sale on the East Side in the vicinity of the Otter Slide and Far East trails (those trails are the furthest 'east' trails). In late January, when the ground is well frozen, loggers will haul those logs to market using a route to the east and mostly separate from the ski trails. Click here for a map showing the involved trails.
January 27: 2" fine grained dry snow
grooming & MOWING
Grooming Report / Plans --- note: due to December 15 extensive ice storm damage, grooming is currently limited to about half of the East Side trails and Excelsior Road on the West Side. These are some of our favorite trails. Click here to see where we're grooming.
January 28 evening: touched up the skate deck
January 27 evening: groomed all the open trails - including fresh classic track
Blue Hills Trail Association Inc.
December 18, 2010 5:10 PM
Meeting called to order
by Dave Olsen, vice president, at 4:10 p.m. at the warming house at the Blue Hills Trail
Officers: Dave Olsen, Tom Paulsen, Dick Pebler
Members: Dan Bale, Jonathan Stanley, Jerry Wilkes
Non-members: Dan Bartels, Steve Brockman
Repair or replace 2007 snowmobile
Our 2007 model Skidoo Skandic SWT snowmobile stopped running while grooming during the snowstorm of Saturday, December 11. Dan Bartels was operating the machine when the transmission malfunctioned, leaving the snowmobile stranded on the trail near #21. After multiple efforts, Dan was able to tow it to the parking lot on Wednesday, December 15. Inspection of the transmission the following day showed several gears to be partially or completely stripped. It will need a new transmission.
Many phone calls later, various options were developed and presented to those in attendance. Options included: repair at a cost of $2900 and continue using the current snowmobile; repair and sell now hoping to receive market price of $5000-$5200; sell as is (we have 2 interested parties, no firm bids); trade on a new Skandic SWT listed at $11,000; instead of purchasing a new snowmobile, consider the alternative of purchasing a tracked side-by-side UTV (John Deere 825i available from a Mason, WI dealer for $16,300) for multi-season use on the trails.
Discussion seemed very thorough. Our current financial status was reviewed. We then voted unanimously to purchase a new Skandic SWT 800 from Hayward Power Sports at their price of $10,000, accepting their offer of $2500 trade-in allowance for our 2007 Skandic (with disabled transmission). Tom Paulsen will contact Hayward Power Sports on Monday, December 20 to confirm the deal. Dan Bartels will transport the snowmobiles, arrange for wiring of the new snowmobile to operate the 12V motors on our grooming implements, and transfer the flexi skis from the old snowmobile to the new snowmobile.
Motion to adjourn by Dan Bale, second by Jonathan Stanley. Adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
Taken by Tom Paulsen, Secretary