Now that we have your attention., of course all the trails are NOT groomed. It’s only January 10th!!!
With the late ice and heavy snowfalls we have had, many areas do not have enough ice to safely groom yet. But what we have confirmed over the years is that if the trail is packed beside the stakes, then that area has more ice and can get us out to groom earlier.
Even today, there are already many areas that are well packed beside the stakes that are now groomer ready. But unfortunately lakes where everyone fans out and enjoys the fresh powder do not have enough ice to safely support a groomer along the stakes 🙁
Not enough ice…no grooming…PERIOD. We will NOT risk our operators lives on unsafe ice.
Hey…many of the club volunteers are no different than allot of folks out there that want to enjoy the soft pillow also known as 30 cm of untouched snow on a flat frozen lake. But if we don’t pack the trail beside the stakes then we likely won’t have enough ice to groom that lake and then we won’t be able to groom the land trails between the lakes.
For the next couple of weekends, please talk your group into riding beside the stakes and packing the trial 20-30ft wide on either side.
We know it is a boring to ride along the stakes, but it really does help.
If you think the above email is stupid or you caught yourself saying “who the heck does this guy think he is telling me where I can and can’t ride” then by all means ride wherever you want. But then please don’t complain when the trail isn’t groomed. We have equipment and operators ready to groom, we just need safe ice to send them out.
BTW….why do you think Black Sturgeon and the trail to Redditt always one of the first lake trails to be groomed?
Because there is so much traffic on that trail, that it is packed more than 50 ft wide on both sides of the stakes. Packed trails result in thicker ice in a shorter time….if it has enough ice, it gets groomed.
Please pack the snow along the stakes, it really does make a difference!!!
Feel free to pass this onto anyone that is asking or complaining about trails not being groomed.
Thanks in advance,
Your STR Executive