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 Jan Paulsen, president, at 7:00 p.m. at the warming house
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Lori Mikunda, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Cindy Goerner, Jim Kurz, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, Jackie Pederson, Jim Platteter, Mark Platteter, Aileen Tauchen.
Non-members: Carolyn Stephens (Precision Accounting)
Old Business: a) 501C3 status; b) widening of Sister's Farm Trail
New Business: a) snowmobile purchase; b) discuss grooming of West Side Trail; c) trail maintenance
Jan Paulsen introduced Carolyn Stephens, Precision Accounting, who explained the procedure for tax-exempt status filing and the various types of exemption. 10-day notice must be given to all members for amendment of the Articles of Incorporation. It was the general consensus of the group to proceed with 501C3 tax-exempt status. Motion by Tom Paulsen, second by Jackie Pederson, to proceed with the filing. Unanimously carried.
The new east loop on the Sister's Farm Trail is in need of widening to approximately 14 feet. Prices were obtained from Jenness and Baughman. Spring of 2001 is the earliest work can be done. Discussion of financial assistance was discussed. Tabled for further information.
Vice President Carolyn Chatterton presented information on a grooming snowmobile. A Ski Doo Skandic SWT (super wide track) snowmobile has been located in New Hampshire at a cost of $6530. This 2001 model has been sold out so we are unable to order the snowmobile through local dealers. Chatterton recommended the Skandic as it could be used for grooming all trail systems, especially early season grooming, and is designed to pull grooming equipment. This piece of equipment would be capable of serving as a backup for the bombi. Discussion of various options was held. Motion by Jim Kurz to purchase the Skandic at a cost of $6530. Second by Tom Paulsen. Further discussion held. Unanimously carried.
Carolyn Chatterton stated that it was her opinion that we should not groom the West Side trails this winter season as huge ruts and rocks have developed over the summer. The topsoil is gone and extensive work would be required to restore the trail. The trail will continue to be vulnerable as long as it is not a designated non-motorized trail. Chatterton suggested that the west side trail system be used for snowshoeing. Jim Platterter presented the Rusk County Forest Committee’s position. Discussion held.
Jan Paulsen proposed adoption of trail segments for trail maintenance. Maintenance would include picking rock, trimming brush, etc. Information on how to adopt a trail segment will be mailed with the next meeting notice.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.