Blue Hills Trail CONDITIONS
Tuesday - morning update
Click here for helpful maps that show our open trails.
Spring is here, there's lots of snow remaining.
Yesterday morning (Monday), the classic track was fairly well defined, with a mild-moderate amount of litter deposited by brisk winds over the weekend. Good classic skiing if you can tolerate the trail litter. As a spur-of-the-moment decision, the skate lane on the modified East Side Core Loop was touched up early Monday morning and provided good skate skiing. The side trails on the East Side (and Excelsior Road on the West Side) also had good skate skiing Monday. Beautiful first day of Spring with temps reaching the upper 30s.
A very destructive mid December ice storm (visit our blog for photos etc) shut down our trails for a short time. Fortunately we've been able to open 60% of our East Side trails, and Excelsior Road is open on the West Side.
Snowshoers: the Ridges Snowshoe Trail is cleared of tree damage, we prefer you use that as your first option. If snowshoeing on the groomed ski trail, please snowshoe well to the side. Click here for a blog post regarding the new '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). This winter loggers are hauling 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.
March 17: 1" from blustery snow showers in the evening
March 16: 1/4" rain, then 1" windblown snow
grooming & MOWING
Grooming Report / Plans: Click here to see maps of the open trails
March 20 (Monday morning): touched up the skate lane on the modified East Side Core Loop.
March 17 (Friday evening): groomed the skate deck on all the open trails, and set classic track on the frequently traveled trails.
Blue Hills Trail Association Inc.
November 8, 2011 8:40 PM
Meeting called to order
by Dick Pebler, president, at 7:40 p.m. at the warming house at the Blue Hills Trail
Officers: Dave Olsen, Tom Paulsen, Dick Pebler
Members: Steve Gest, Jonathan Stanley
Non-members: Dan Bartels, Adam Brockman, Jesse Wimer
Meeting with groomers to prepare for upcoming winter season.
Our grooming team for this winter includes Dan Bartels, Adam Brockman, Steve Gest, Jay Howard, Tom Paulsen, Jonathan Stanley, and Jesse Wimer. Steve Brockman has retired.
Dan Bartels is our most experienced groomer, and will provide significant leadership, and continued management of grooming related mechanical problems. Steve Gest will take on more of a leadership role, especially on weekdays when Dan Bartels is working elsewhere. Jesse Wimer has been recruited to start grooming this winter. With Jesse's reputed mechanical skills, we want him to receive as much experience as possible -- hoping he will become a major part of our grooming team in the future. Jay Howard has many hours available, and will probably function as fourth in line for grooming hours. Adam Brockman (available many evenings and weekends) will help fill the gaps. Tom Paulsen and Jonathan Stanley will remain available for limited backup grooming. During the ski season, we will create a weekly calendar for availability of our groomers.
Our goal remains quality grooming of the entire trail system with major emphasis on the Eastside core loop, and the Eastside perimeter trails. In the interest of saving some time and money, we will probably avoid grooming a few short trail sections (34A-33A; 34-15; 12-13).
Either Dan Bartels or Jesse Wimer will take responsibility for regularly fueling the snowmobiles. Perhaps Jesse will carry the gas caddy, with plans to fill the snowmobile gas tanks and the four 5-gallon containers in time for Dan Bartel's weekend grooming.
Groomer safety was discussed. For safety reasons, our goal is for nighttime grooming to be done as a team rather than alone. The use of the GPS rescue device (FindMeSPOT) was briefly reviewed.
Taking into consideration the creation of two new trails on the Eastside, grooming patterns were prepared by Tom Paulsen. Those in attendance suggested a couple of changes to help avoid difficult corners. Tom Paulsen will create the laminated maps for groomers' use. Obviously, these routes are a work in progress -- and each trail grooming requires timely route decisions by the leader that day.
We discussed the purchase of new grooming equipment. We will order a Classic Track Renovator for use on our small G2 (purchase price $295 + shipping). The Depth Control System (DCS) we began using last winter on the big G2 worked well for Dan Bartels - instead of ordering another DCS for the small G2, Dan will fabricate something similar. We decided to postpone purchase of a trail compactor/leveling implement (price range of $1400); and we decided to postpone purchase of another big G2 (Tidd Tech implement costing $4500).
Dan Bartels will create a machine checklist for groomers to reference prior to each grooming session (check oil, check coolant, check action of grooming implements, etc).
Club credit cards will be requested for Steve Gest and Jesse Wimer.
Adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Taken by Tom Paulsen, Secretary