Friday (evening update)
Great skiing on the East Side trails today. The classic track on the East Side Core Loop is fairly deep, firm, and fast. There are some oak leaves in the classic track on the Core Loop, but they're not too bothersome. Skating conditions are very good to excellent. Conditions on the north half of the West Side are probably very good - its skate deck was groomed Wednesday evening. Excelsior Road (West Side) is in good to very good condition - the snow cover on the east half mile is a bit thin, but you can use your good skis the full length of Excelsior Road.
All the East Side trails are open and groomed for skating; the most frequently used East Side trails are groomed for classic skiing. The north half of the West Side has been groomed for skating & classic skiing. Wednesday evening we opened more of the West Side trails, including Excelsior Road.
West Side logging was completed January 18th. Be sure to READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES INFO section regarding the status of the West Side trails.
Due to recent logging on the West Side, the trails where trucks hauled logs has thin snow cover and skiers probably should use rock skis on this list of trails: the loop between intersections D-E-D, and from A-B-C-D. Click here for details including a helpful map. The involved trails - including the east 1/2 mile of Excelsior Road - need more snow before they can be aggressively groomed.
January 23/24: 2 inches dry powder
January 22 (evening): dusting
January 21/22: 1.5" fluffy powder
Thursday evening (January 27): set classic track on many of the trails that branch off the East Side Core Loop.
Wednesday evening (January 26): groomed the skate deck of the West Side trails. This included the full length of Excelsior Road which required aggressive grooming of Excelsior Road between intersections A and X.
Tuesday midday (January 25): set classic track on the East Side Core Loop.
Monday evening (January 24): packed (rolled) the powder snow on most of the East Side trails. Great results!
Meeting called to order
by Dave Olsen, president, at 6:00 p.m. at Burdy's Bar and Grill (Weyerhaeuser, WI)
Officers: Ron Jasperson, Dave Olsen, Tom Paulsen
Members: Nels Curnow, Steve Gest, Patty McGown, Jonathan Stanley
Non-members: Dan Bartels, Charlotte Bartels
Review options for replacement of our aging 2008 workhorse snowmobile (Skidoo Skandic SWT)
Our 2008 Skandic SWT snowmobile is approaching the end of its usefulness for our trail system. Historically, our organization replaces our snowmobiles after about 8000 km of use. They offer good resale value at that point. Our 2008 Skandic SWT has about 6600 km at this time, and will probably add another 1000 km before the end of the season (late March). This same machine recently underwent a costly replacement of its charging system - replacement of the stator and voltage regulator cost close to $1200. This machine is running well, and should be worth up to $6200 at resale.
Prior to this meeting, the officers, numerous club members, and groomers have researched various options for new machines to pull our grooming implements. Tom Paulsen distributed a document summarizing the information available at the time of this meeting.
These were the meeting's major opening assumptions:
Discussion of various options was held, including:
We have the money on hand to replace our 2008 snowmobile. Tom Paulsen will contact the Arctic Cat dealership in Trego, WI to determine availability and to negotiate price of a new model Arctic Cat Bearcat Groomer's Special snowmobile. Once we have this new snowmobile on hand, we will sell our 2008 Skandic SWT snowmobile. We also anticipate selling our 2012 Skandic SWT snowmobile after completion of the 2014-15 grooming season.
Some time in the near future (perhaps early March), Tom Paulsen will contact our membership to request feedback regarding their willingness to financially support the future purchase of a tracked UTV (i.e., John Deere Gator) for year-round use on our trail system. As part of a one time fundraising effort, Tom Paulsen estimates the ability to raise $5,000 from various supportive businesses - our organization would need to receive pledges amounting to $25,000 before we could purchase a Gator.
Motion to adjourn by Nels Curnow, second by Tom Paulsen. Adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
Taken by Tom Paulsen, Secretary