SNOWMOBILE SEASON 2016-17
ALERT--The big Windy clear-cut will no longer
be groomed due to avalanche danger.
Be careful out there.
PLEASE NOTE: Groomer operators are not authorized to begin grooming until there is 18 inches of snow at the groomer shed. Grooming cannot begin until
after December 15th.
January 11th--The Area 29 groomer is back up and running and headed out of Elk River today. It went up the basin towards windy and down towards four corners. It then back tracked to try to pack the trail. The groomer will be going out again tomorrow.
Elk River has received lots of snow and our operators are working hard to try to get the trails opened up. With all this snow the groomer operators could use some help. If anyone is riding in the ER area, please go up and try to knock the powder down on hemlock so the groomer can make it to the top.
January 12th--The groomer headed back out today. From the airport, it headed up to Captain's Cabin then out to Four Corners and back to Capt Cabin then out to Big Green and back down Pete's Creek. There's lots of powder so it will be helpful to have riders on the trails. The groomer will be out again next week. Have fun out there.
January 15th--Area 29 groomer was out Sunday. We opened the trail up Shaddock over to Morris and groomed about a mile past Perkins Cedar Grove, then back down Morris to Elk Basin and back to Elk River. The groomer will be out again on Tuesday, and if all goes well they plan to groom over to Hemlock and possibly connect with the very top of Morris, if it is not too drifted.
January 17th--The groomer went out again Tuesday morning. It headed up the Basin, over Hemlock, down the East Fork to the logging operation and back up to repack the trails to Elk River. The snow conditions are great so get out there and enjoy.
January 24th--The groomer went out and headed up the 3000 road to Captain's Cabin, up to the tower and out windy, down to bummy mart and out 4 corners, back to Captain's Cabin and back to airport.
January 26th--The groomer went out again today. It went up the Basin, over Hemlock, down the East Fork, back up to Morris Creek, down MC to Basin and back into the airport.
January 30th-February 3rd--The groomer is down and operators are working on it this week. Hopefully it will be out on the trail again Friday evening. The snow conditions in Elk River are great. Get out there and enjoy.
February 6th--Fresh snow on Elk Butte today. Trails groomed to Captain's Cabin and Pete's Creek, diamond and the 3000 road. Groomer will be out again Thursday if the rain doesn't change things. Snowing on top today with temperatures from 29 to 31 degrees. Trails set up good.
February 9th--Weather pending, the groomer will be back out on Thursday. Groomer didn't go out today since it was raining.
February 14th--The groomer headed out from the airport but about 8 miles out the operators detected a problem with the track so they limped back to town and spent the 15th working on the groomer. As of Wednesday night, the groomer is back in service and will head up the East Fork tomorrow. Operators will be out again on Friday preparing for the weekend's activities.
February 16th--The groomer is scheduled to go out on Thursday and Friday.
February 24th--The groomer is headed out of Elk River this morning heading up to Captain's Cabin, Elk Butte, Bummy Mart and back down the Basin to the airport. Should be a great weekend. Get out there and enjoy these freshly groomed trails.
March 2nd--The groomer went out of Elk River and headed up the Basin, over Hemlock to Morris Creek Saddle and back in to town.
March 3rd--The groomer went out again Friday to prepare trails for the weekend. Our volunteer operators do their best to keep the main trails open. I didn't get a report of the route for Friday but I'm sure he went up to Captain's Cabin and to the Butte. The snow conditions are great with lots of fresh snow. Get out there and enjoy the snow.
March 9th--The groomer was going out to groom today and broke down before getting off the airport. The part will not be in until Wednesday of next week. They got 13 inches of snow last night in Elk River.
OUR GROOMER OPERATORS ARE VOLUNTEERS
So let's send out a big THANK YOU
to the Area 29 groomer operators
for all their hours dedicated to snowmobiling.