It snowed a bit Sunday... 6+ inches in the HIlls!
It arrived as a heavy wet sticky snow. We were planning on grooming Sunday evening, but with that type of snowfall, we decided it would be too dangerous to groom our trails in the dark. Groomers would likely find downed limbs and may come across downed trees. And with that much snow, it' would be a challenge to find the edge of the trail and avoid ending up in the ditch.
So we we packed (rolled) the trails this morning (Monday), then are returning this evening to perform the 'finish' grooming - including classic track. If you plan on skiing this evening, please avoid the freshly groomed trails where we'd like the soft snow sit undisturbed as it sets up overnight.
Go enjoy stomping our snowshoe trails!
IMPORTANT: Click here to view East Side trail precautions.
Our snowshoe trails are an option for hikers - PLEASE DON'T HIKE ON THE SKI TRAILS!
February 28, 2021: 6+ inches heavy sticky snow
March 1, Monday evening: grooming and setting track on the trails groomed during the morning.
March 1, Monday morning: packed (rolled) the West Side trails, plus a large portion of the East Side trails.
The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 7th at Lehman's Supper Club in Rice Lake. While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, this group of silent sports enthusiasts enjoyed camaraderie, libations, great food, and Dr. Bob Inman's dynamic slide show presentation ("Wolverine Biology and Conservation") describing ground-breaking work applying GPS tracking in the study of wolverines. The GPS technology that Dr. Inman and his wife applied for the first time to wolverines revealed the amazing capacity of the species to move through rugged terrain and the vast multi-state scale over which conservation of wolverines must occur. After a delicious buffet meal, master of ceremonies (Patty McGown) turned the floor over to BHTA vice president Ron Jasperson who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, including: the huge number of volunteers helping throughout the year; the tremendous all-season usefulness of the 2014 John Deere Gator with Camoplast tracks purchased spring of 2014; and a very good ski season during the winter of 2014-15 that attracted more 'out-of-the-area' skiers than ever. Ron reported the trails are in good shape as we head toward winter, and noted that fundraising this fall has been very successful. He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid. To honor a few of our many volunteers, two special awards were presented: Patty McGown and Nels Curnow accepted the "2 Busy 2 Pee" traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) honoring their numerous contributions of time and energy. Then Dave Olsen was honored for his many years maintaining the pit toilets - he received the golden clothespin award. Following Dr. Inman's presentation, prizes valued at more than $5000 were distributed to the attendees -- including Mark Bittner winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card, and Erik Ostenso winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card. Our many donors graciously give back to their communities -- when the opportunity arises, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you. Colder weather's overdue, get your skis ready!
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