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February 21, 2019 | 08:07 am
Some great snow to ride in Grand Lake, Colorado! Thanks to Jeremy Mercier for the video.
February 21, 2019 | 08:02 am
A bit of snow was falling around the west end of the trail system, Kauffman Creek a willing recipient. Full moon under very slight cloud cover throwing shadows anywhere east of Gravel. Light snow at times over the past few days has resulted in 4-6" up high and an inch or 2 down low. Very cold, dusty, nice quality snow. Four days of cool temps has held our snowpack in good shape off the trail, still soft, and in some areas bottomless. Tonight groomed Stillwater from Idleglen to Illinois Pass trailhead. Around Little Gravel Mtn. Trail, down to Kauffman Kiosk at Hwy 125 and cat swiped the parking lot for a great place to park and ride away from traffic this weekend! Back up to intersection "V" groomed Kauffman Creek (time lapse, check the nice snow on the trees and untouched lines to both sides,) and out to Stillwater on the snow route. Up Illinois Pass and a bit further up the very steep hill, next time we could be at the top, and heading for the meadows. North Park hasn't been through the trail yet this year. Also went up to Suicide Hill meadow and packed out the card stop/parking for this weekend's Flight for Life poker run. Trails will be great for the event, off trail riding will be soft, and you can have fun for a great cause! Grand Lake will be hopping this weekend, be up to join the fun! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 21, 2019 | 07:50 am
For the town trail please!
February 19, 2019 | 10:29 am
Some flurries fell at upper elevation tonight with light clouds and single digit temperatures. Off trail snow is still soft and deep in untracked areas, which aren't hard to find. Most trails are looking good, with the trail from Grand Lake that runs through Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park looking great. Out on Stillwater with three passes to widen the first mile. Around Gold Run, one of the shelfed areas in the time lapse, going out to get the drifts past intersection "W," and then through Gravel. Groomed the middle section of Stillwater and up Pony Park trail. Around the Figure-8, and used both North and South Supply into Grand Lake. Back to Idleglen on Kawuneeche. Less traffic during this coming week and trails will continue to be nice. Off trail has lots of opportunity for great riding with soft snow that can be bottomless in areas. Make plans for a couple days of riding around Grand Lake this week! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 18, 2019 | 08:32 am
Great day out there today, tons of fun in the snow was evident! Weather up high was cloudy with scattered flurries keeping winter consistency that's very fun to ride. Sun and 40° down low definitely effected snow and helped rough up trails below intersection "K," "B," "N," and into Grand Lake, but we flattened things out tonight. Upstairs 10" of nice powder fell on early Saturday, and could still see untracked areas through the cat window after a big traffic President's weekend. Thank you to all the guests that chose to ride and stay in Grand Lake, we greatly appreciate your visit to our little winter dead end town, come back soon! Down into Grand Lake on South Supply to start the night, doubling up on trails below "A." Up North Supply using lower North Supply Loop to get Kawuneeche between "N" and "C" and groomed around the Figure-8, upper Kawuneeche the flattest, North Supply Loop will also be in good shape. Hammered down Pony Park trail with a couple passes pulling in snow to widen and elevate the trail, through the meadows to fill deeply dished corners. Grinded down all of Gravel from the North, and groomed out on lower Stillwater into Idleglen. Thank you for the sign help to all those participating, a couple of near burials rescued this weekend. Really enjoyed when it was President's week, feel free to stay for a longer vacation, we've got the good snow and weekday trails are nice! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 17, 2019 | 10:38 am
Untracked section of main Gravel ready for Sunday!
February 17, 2019 | 10:32 am
A nice little storm came in early Saturday morning and dropped 4" in Idleglen and about 10" up high. Snow is quality and light dust was falling most of the night at variable rates. Snowfall was active at upper elevations most of the day, kept people off Gravel which is near untracked, amazing and rare for President Saturday! This cache that nature saved for Sunday will be excellent to ride tomorrow if there's any visibility, even the low angle to flat terrain here would be fun. Off trail riding is good, many new pits from riders getting stuck is great to see. Some movement of the new snow layer, there was a lot of this around intersection "P." One of the busiest days of the season today, trails nearly everywhere got ridden hard. 65 miles groomed, moving big rolls of snow most of the night, time lapse. Groomed Stillwater, through Gravel, to Stillwater Pass, Pony Park through the meadows. Around the Figure-8, upper Kawuneeche the flattest, used both North and South Supply, 4 passes below "A," and into Grand Lake. Back to Idleglen on Kawuneeche. People were playing in the snow everywhere today, fresh snow is so enticing! Groomer Phone: (970) 531-8872
February 16, 2019 | 09:06 pm
Good powder day....thanks Cam! WooHoo
February 16, 2019 | 08:26 am
Moonlight Ride tomorrow night sponsored by the Grand Lake Trailblazers! We'll be in Hatchet Park with a snowcat at around 8 pm to give rides around the meadow to anyone interested. A nice chance to see what we do without spending an entire night shift at 8 mph. Meet in Idleglen around 7pm with some Trailblazers members, or just head up from town. An awesome mess out there after a sunny 45° day, fresh snow, and good holiday traffic, thank you all for coming! We did get some fresh snow up to Friday early morning. Wind is ravaging the high alpine, scouring while building various drifts, 1st picture. Icy conditions forming tonight below Hwy 34, especially near road and driveway crossings. Buttoned up most of the main trails, adding ten gallons at 11:30pm, 2nd picture. Lots of riders have played in much of the easy snow on the map, however plenty of other smaller open areas are not quite as popular and full of untouched snow. Tried to dig into a slough that's been solid all year to get it to move, surprisingly not even a crack was displayed. Keep your guard up, there are some big, full season builds hanging out there. Tonight groomed Stillwater from Idleglen to almost Stillwater Pass. Through the decks of Gravel from the south, high point drift created a cliff and had to be dozed, we'll work it tomorrow night too. Up Pony Park trail using Gilsonite Snow Route and around the Figure-8, upper Kawuneeche the deepest, North Supply Loop the flattest. Groomed North Supply into Grand Lake and back to Idleglen on Kawuneeche. Clear and cooling off tonight, looking forward to a busy day tomorrow! Groomer phone: (970)531-8872
February 15, 2019 | 08:18 am
Full of moisture, but small flakes falling heavily at times tonight. Seriously wet snow that you could make snowballs with at midnight around Idleglen. Two to three inches below Idleglen and up to 6" with continued moist snow falling at a nice clip up high. Good and wet getting home tonight. Today was 40° and tonight at 1:15am it's 31°, contributing to the heavy wet snow. Snow is sticky as it can get, pasting itself immediately to nearly anything, itself, trees, signs, snowcat and more. Wind has calmed at lower elevations, but above tree line is still active. Went north through Gravel and had to back off every hill; time lapse of a drift we had to back fill and set 5 times to get over the top. Some great waves of snow forming in the time lapse as well. Not much of a freeze tonight with wet, warm snow may show on lower trails during the day. Tonight did lower and middle Kawuneeche rd, North and South Supply into town, getting all trails below "A." Groomed North Supply Loop, Shortcuts and Pony Park trail. Up to Stillwater Pass, through Gravel, and back to Idleglen on lower Kawaneeche. Off trail should have some good riding tomorrow with 8-9" new at upper areas in the last 48 hours, and dense snowfall currently. Make a point to get up here on Friday and beat the crowds to some fresh snow in Grand Lake! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 14, 2019 | 07:28 am
Snow started falling in a warm afternoon and continues into the night. A dusting to an inch below Idleglen, with a few inches and climbing at higher elevations, southeast around Gold Run and Little Gravel Mtn trail seemed favored. Lower snow is moist, upper snow was of better quality, easily removed from the snowcat. Wind accompanies the snow with drifting at almost every elevation, larger drifts in areas with more new snow. Very nice to see a bit of fresh snow! Groomed Stillwater rd to Illinois Pass trail. Up to Little Gravel Mtn. trail, accumulation on the trail and snowing hard in this area. Around Kauffman Creek trail which looks good and has lot of available off trail. Several logging roads in this area that lead to the west side of Gravel haven't been ridden yet this year. Used the snowmobile route to get to Stillwater rd. with a time lapse below. Thank you to everyone on sleds helping keep poles and signs above the snow. It can take some time in a cat, feathering out snow, put on gloves and hat (if needed,) walking over the tracks and back into the cat after the sign, so all the help is appreciated. Could use a nice refill of new snow, bring it on! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 11, 2019 | 08:16 am
Nice sunny day of riding today with up to 40° down low for spring like conditions, but upper elevations still good winter conditions. At 1:15am, light, intermittent clouds diffuse the waxing crescent moon with 5°. Love seeing adventurous tracks just off the trail, plenty of untouched areas for more of the same. Trails are very nice nearly everywhere, begging for riders this week. Thanks to all who visited and rode Grand Lake for the Winter Carnival weekend! Tonight groomed all of Kawuneeche, South and North Supply into the town of Grand Lake. Four passes below "A," with heavy traffic in that area. Groomed North Supply Loop, Shortcuts and over Chicken Hill high route. Down Pony Park trail using the meadows, through Gravel, around Gold Run and back to Idleglen on lower Stillwater. Looks like someone wanted a closer look at the intersection sign in Idleglen, rebuilt. Please register your sled, not only does it help pay for equipment and grooming, but signs as well. Trails are great, lots of places to ride off trail in the Forest, and crowds are light during the weekdays, get up to ride and visit Grand Lake! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 10, 2019 | 08:24 am
Full on day of fun in Grand Lake! A piece of snowcat history in the first three pictures. 1956 Tucker Sno-Cat going into the Winter Carnival parade in the first three pictures, courtesy of Mountain Parks Electric. Interesting look at snow cats of that time, note the wooden skis, wheels to put down for roading, used to be steered by a cable system. Sits four but shoulder to shoulder fit even for smaller people. It's a loud ride, but surprisingly smooth feel of steel grousers, even on hard pack. Appreciation for where snowcats have come to now is high! Nice day of traffic on the trails, hope everyone stayed for Sunday! Groomed lower Stillwater, around Gravel from the south and used the meadows to grind up Pony Park trail. Around the Figure-8 and got lower North Supply Loop to North Supply. Six passes on whooped out trails below "A" with lots of traffic out of On The Trail Rentals, name is accurate and plenty of nice sleds, check them out. Down into Grand Lake, back up on South Supply and took Kawuneeche back to Idleglen, hitting the bulk tank on fumes. Wind continues at upper elevations, drifts rebuilding each night making some interesting terrain features. A few flakes fell tonight but no accumulation with 11° at 1:15am. Trails are ready for riders to access the mountain goods on Sunday! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 10, 2019 | 08:23 am
Full on day of fun in Grand Lake! A piece of snowcat history in the first three pictures. 1956 Tucker Sno-Cat going into the Winter Carnival parade in the first three pictures, courtesy of Mountain Parks Electric. Interesting look at snow cats of that time, note the wooden skis, wheels to put down for roading, used to be steered by a cable system. Sits four but shoulder to shoulder fit even for smaller people. It's a loud ride, but surprisingly smooth feel of steel grousers, even on hard pack. Appreciation for where snowcats have come to now is high! Nice day of traffic on the trails, hope everyone stayed for Sunday! Groomed lower Stillwater, around Gravel from the south and used the meadows to grind up Pony Park trail. Around the Figure-8 and got lower North Supply Loop to North Supply. Six passes on whooped out trails below "A" with lots of traffic out of On The Trail Rentals, name is accurate and plenty of nice sleds, check them out. Down into Grand Lake, back up on South Supply and took Kawuneeche back to Idleglen, hitting the bulk tank on fumes. Wind continues at upper elevations, drifts rebuilding each night making some interesting terrain features. A few flakes fell tonight but no accumulation with 11° at 1:15am. Trails are ready for riders to access the mountain goods on Sunday! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 10, 2019 | 07:16 am
Grand Lake riding today! Thank you Jeremy Mercier.
February 09, 2019 | 09:10 am
The lone track on the southern side of Gravel mtn shows some vast untouched areas just off the trail. Trails are in excellent shape with the help of some good cold weather. Last night at -14° held trails well, and tonight it's -5° at 2:15am with light clouds diffusing the moon. Groomed around Kauffman Creek and down to Kauffman Kiosk at Hwy 125, this will be a great place to ride away from weekend crowds. North side of Stillwater will also provide some nice snow and trail riding. Illinois Pass for the most adventurous riders, sled video terrain back here if you know where to look. Tonight groomed lower Stillwater and through Gravel from the south, which is looking good on and off trail. Up Pony Park trail, doubled up between Willow and Hot Dog Park to fully groom the hill, and around the Figure-8, Shortcuts looking nicest of the three. Down North Supply, into Grand Lake, up South Supply and back to the shop on Kawuneeche. Nearly every trail has been groomed in the past 2 days, go out and tear it up! We make it easy to chose a vacation destination this weekend. Winter Carnival with lots of activity all around Grand Lake, including an ice fishing contest, in addition to to great riding on the trail system! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 08, 2019 | 07:55 am
Cold, windy day with a dusting of accumulation and -14° at 1am with a full run of stars under a slivered moon holding back the snow. 5" of new in the past 2 days, very light and good quality snow. Light dust that flies everywhere. Stillwater rd from Idleglen to Illinois Pass trailhead is flat, wide and full of ribbon, very nice trail to ride tomorrow. New snow drifting heavily and cracks are easy to propagate, to note, several slide paths have not moved yet this year. Only one tree down going around the long loop tonight, time lapse. Along with Stillwater rd, tonight groomed Little Gravel Mtn. trail and down to take a swipe in the parking lot at Kauffman Kiosk. This is an excellent trailhead to access our system and see very few other riders. Back up to intersection "V," north on Kauffman Creek proper and used the snow route to access Stillwater. Up Illinois Pass trail to remove a downed tree and get another cat length up the very steep hill; two more tries and may be at the top. Back to Idleglen on Stillwater rd. We have a board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 7:15pm at the Grand Lake firehouse for any one interested. Celebrate winter with the Grand Lake Winter Carnival this weekend! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 07, 2019 | 08:05 am
About 5" new in the last 24 hours at upper elevations, with western areas and southwestern slopes getting maybe an inch or so more. Just above two inches down low in the past 2 days, and tonight it's 3° at 1am with stars in the sky. Plenty of wind to accompany the new snow, and it's light, airy nature takes to drifting easily. Occasional flurries to light snow fell at times during the night. Groomed lower Kawuneeche and South and North Supply into Grand Lake. Around the Figure-8, where North Supply Loop is in good shape. Down Pony Park trail and up to Stillwater Pass. Through Gravel to intersection "K," up to "I" to meet the pass out of Pony Park meadows and back to Idleglen on a very nice, wide and flat Stillwater rd. Pictures from tonight. Trails leaving from Idleglen are very good, and town trail is in good shape when you get across highway 34 at Golf Course Rd. Riding Grand Lake will be good tomorrow, come up before the weekend! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 06, 2019 | 08:36 am
An inch or two of snow on Monday night at upper elevations, a few occasional flurries tonight with no accumulation. Wind has been blowing, especially up high, with drifts built in a south through southwest wind. At 1:30am it's 11° with stars visible. Better off trail snow at upper elevations or in north facing areas. Trails are looking good and there is some great weekday riding available. Groomed Stillwater out of Idleglen and around Gold Run. Through Gravel, up and down the north side of Stillwater Pass and up Pony Park using the meadows. Down the Shortcuts, North Supply and up South Supply. Middle and lower Kawuneeche groomed to Idleglen. Please register your sleds, the small amount paid helps to fund grooming programs around the state to provide the trails you enjoy! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 04, 2019 | 08:53 am
Windy day and night with dust on crust scenario at mid and upper elevations. Very warm sunny Sunday while currently it's 23° and blowing at 1:45am. Nice weekend of traffic, thank you to all who chose to visit Grand Lake this weekend. Tonight groomed lower/middle Kawuneeche along with North and South Supply (saw the bulk of the effect of sun, warmth, traffic and exposure, so saw two passes each) and into Grand Lake. Town trail looking nice if a little icy below Hwy 34, great to access better snow up high. Around the Figure-8, where the Shortcuts are uncommonly good. Through the upper parks and Chicken Hill to go down Pony Park trail. Up to Stillwater Pass with a few flakes falling, through Gravel and to Idleglen on lower Stillwater. Most trails are looking great, including Kauffman Creek were we got a rider report of nice trail conditions on the entire loop. Near edge to edge and almost 2 cats wide in areas on lower Stillwater out of Idleglen. Short video of a nice southern wind positioning snowflakes into waves on Gravel. Grand Lake is great to ride on weekdays with welcoming businesses, get up here! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 03, 2019 | 08:13 am
One of my favorite spruces got nailed this weekend as a sled took the corner too fast and sheared it off. Watched it grow on a corner for 15+ years. Used to get buried in January, and would still miss it with blade and implement even when wanting the snow to fill the corner. It had grown to the point it could be admired all winter as snowpack could no longer cover it. Had to stop for a bit in it's memory; it's funny the attachment we grow for particular... nature. Spring conditions down low, winter like up high. Could still see untouched areas of climbing on Gravel, even at night. A bit of exploring behind Stillwater Pass or around Gold Run and Little Gravel Mtn. trail will yield larger untracked areas. Warm and sunny weather had it's effect below Kawuneeche. North, South Supply and into Grand Lake by far the roughest trails after seeing warm temps and traffic today, but we straightened them out to access winter up high on Sunday. There are some icy spots below Hwy 34, mainly near road and driveway crossings. Tonight groomed lower Kawuneeche and North and South Supply into the heart of Grand Lake, with 4 passes below "A" to double cover all routes. Around the Figure-8 and down Pony Park trail using both the meadows and Gilsonite snow route. Through Gravel from the north, and groomed intermittent fall line bumps out of Stillwater from intersection "P" to Idleglen, so nice. Trail conditions will be quite good to start the day tomorrow even after a busy day today, get out and ride Grand Lake! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 02, 2019 | 08:39 am
Looks like a beautiful sunny day for riding in the groundhog's shadow tomorrow! No new snow in the past few days. Warmer weather in the sun at low elevations with cold nights, currently -1° at 1:30am. Upper areas still provide some decent riding off trail. Back of Stillwater Pass (highest quality,) Gold Run, Little Gravel mtn trail and Kauffman Creek (groomed 1/31) will have the most untracked off trail snow. Groomed trails have been improving through the week and are very nice for tomorrow nearly everywhere. Two cats on the mountain tonight, out on Kawuneeche, grooming North and South Supply to Sloopy's Grill, a great place to stop for a bite to eat right on the trail at the edge of Grand Lake. We will get into the heart of town tomorrow night for sure. Around the figure-8, down Pony Park trail and up to Stillwater Pass. Down about 2 miles on the back of Stillwater Pass and back up to go through Gravel. Groomed Gold Run and between intersections "X' and "Y." Up to meet the groomed pass out of Pony Park meadows and back to Idleglen on Stillwater. Picture of North Supply Loop in front of the cat, some deep and untouched off trail snow is shown as well, get out and ride this! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
February 01, 2019 | 04:37 pm
10 Days and Counting!!!
February 01, 2019 | 07:45 am
Warm days and cold nights is the story, no new snow in the the last few days and -1° at 12:45am. Still plenty of good snow up high, while lower snow has seen some sun and warmer temperatures. Trails are looking good nearly all over the mountain. Tonight groomed Stillwater rd from Idleglen to Illinois Pass trailhead. Went around Little Gravel Mtn. trail, down to Hwy 125 at Kauffman Kiosk and took a there and back swipe at the parking lot. Great to see a number of tracks coming out of this parking lot, usually not a popular staging area so some great riding is available. North on Kauffman Creek to meet Stillwater Pass on the snow route. Started to groom the last trail that hasn't had a snowcat yet this season. Picture of the distinct tree with sign at the trail entrance from the meadow, and the next picture looks back at what was a bumped out goat trail. One of my favorite trails to open up and groom, very tight snowcat boondocking with a particular canyon-y creek bed climb. Didn't get past the very steep hill in the woods though, turned around to let it set up. Sleds coming down the outer edges to pack snow will help. Friday is for fun riding in Grand Lake, nail down a long trail ride around Kauffman Creek for some fresh ribbon and minimally tracked snow off trail! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872
January 31, 2019 | 08:16 am
A cold couple days are great for keeping our snow around even with sunny, hi-vis days to ride. Off trail at mid and upper elevations is great, can be up to neck deep if untouched. Main meadows that are named on the map have seen enough traffic to pack them down. Trails looking good around the mountain. Among other trails groomed into Grand Lake tonight, farming roadside snow, thanks to board member Micheal Sobon for coming out to reposition candlesticks. Didn't get any signs tonight, but spent a bit over an hour trimming limbs off lower North Supply Loop to keep them away from our 9 foot tall snowcat. Weekdays are an excellent time to ride, off trail is deep, trails are nice to get the there, and businesses in Grand Lake are ready for visitors! Groomer phone: (970) 531-8872