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.
Rusk County Trail Association
November 9, 2000 8:00 PM
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.