Whitecourt Trail Report – January 27

The trails are holding up through the winds and warm temperatures. We are looking forward to seeing some snow and cooler temperatures come our way!! If you come across trees on the trail, please attempt to clean or remove debris as it helps when the snow cats go out. If you come across a tree down and you are unable to remove it, please advise us.

Snow: Close to 2′ in most places on trails

Staging areas open – Groat and Eagle are snow packed

Grooming: Everything has been groomed at least once on the system. Some trails have had 2-3 groomings. South Side – Snow cat was out from town on the Summit Trail to the Cabin, Goodwin and Groat Creek trails. In the north section, we are grooming the Golden Triangle Section from the Carson Cabin to Letter O this weekend with the 2 cats. It takes 3 days, so please watch for the snow cats filling and grooming. If you could go out and trail clean prior, it would help us immensely. Please let us know if you were able to help us out. We are expecting a few trees down with the winds the last couple of weeks. For a second time, that trail was cleaned 10 days ago. The high winds and warm temperatures are not favorable.

Hazards: There are trees and debris down on the trails from the high winds. Please watch for signs around #9 and #10 to slow down. The pipeline crossing in that section is completed and there is a small amount of debris on the trail. A reminder that our Golden Triangle section from the Gundy Cabin to Letter K is closed due to pipeline construction crossings. Re-Route from Carson Cabin to Athabasca Lookout to the Eagle River Casino and up to Chickadee Creek and Manweiler trails to Virginia Hills. Please watch for signs to slow down around the Gundy Cabin area to Virginia Hills and Fox Creek trail connector. Please be cautious if you are crossing larger water bodies. Lots of rough ice, big slabs, with open areas and flood waters. Reminder, that our trail ends prior to river crossings, you are crossing at your own risk. On the south side please watch for signs along the airport trail as they are logging in that area.

Reminder of our Annual Rally coming up Family Day weekend. Please register online through our website on Eventbrite starting February 4, 2022. For more information please visit our website at www.whitecourttrailblazers.ca

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