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Snowcat Dead on the Mountain

Last Saturday night while grooming up Franklin Basin, the fuel pump went out on the cat by the Idaho line.  Two attempts have been made by our shop people to get it fixed.  There is a new fuel pump on the cat, but now it still won't start.  We will be back up there on Friday 3/9 to try again.  Sorry for the bad trails.

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Grooming Report & Snowcat Repair

Thursday, March 01, 2012
 
There is two feet of new snow at the top of Beaver Creek now, so be really carful. The shop boys came up and replaced the fan clutch and switch on the cat to solve our over-heating problem yesterday. I was able to groom Beaver Creek and the Amazon finally. It was in very bad shape, as some of you might have seen. We should be good to go for the rest of the season, so cross your fingers.
 
Trails have been groomed on:
Amazon            2/29
Beaver Creek    2/29
Franklin Basin   2/24
Garden City      2/24 half way
Tony Grove       2/24
Sinks Trail         2/13
Swan flat          2/14
Temple             2/27
 
 
Planning to Groom
Amazon            3/2
Beaver Creek    3/2
Franklin Basin   3/2
Garden City      3/2 Half way
Tony Grove       3/2
Sinks Trail         3/1
Swan flat          3/2
Temple             3/1 half way
                       
Out of State Snowmobile Permits are being sold at the following locations:
 
Bear Lake State Park – Marina
1035 North Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, UT 84028
 
The Top 3 violations in Logan Canyon
 
Anyone 17 and younger must wear a helmet when operating or being a passenger on a snowmobile, ATV or motorcycle.
 
Off highway vehicles must be registered before transporting or operating on public roads or land. Registration stickers must be displayed (stuck on the machine) along with the month sticker. Do not carry them in your bag and think that is good enough. It’s not!!! The decals will stick on the tunnel and hood very well if the machine is warm when you stick them on. Placing them on the belly pan will get ripped off when riding in deep snow.
 
Anyone (Utah resident or non-resident) between the age of 8 and 15 must posses Utah Safety Certificate to operate a snowmobile, ATV, or Motorcycle in Utah. To sign up for a classes at www.stateparks.utah.gov
 
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Grooming Report

Saturday, February 25, 2012
 
We are getting some new snow up in the canyon this week, along with a lot of wind. We will do our best to push back the drifts in the higher elevations.
 
We are having problems with the snowcat not running right. The engine keeps going into safe mode, and we think the hydraulics is getting too hot. We are going to have our shop come up Tuesday to service the cat and see if they can fix the hydraulic cooler. We are still in the diagnose part of this, so we need to take it out Sunday to figure out what is going on. Thanks for your patience with us this year.
 
We will not be gooming tonight because of the high winds today.
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Grooming Report

WE had over heating problems while grooming the sinks trail, so we did not get down to Temple Canyon Thursday night.  Sorry.  The cat ran great today when I groomed Swan Flat and part way down Garden City, so not sure why it over heated last night???

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Grooming Report

Thursday, February 23, 2012
 
We are getting some new snow up in the canyon this week, along with a lot of wind. We will do our best to push back the drifts in the higher elevations.
 
 
 
Trails have been groomed on:
Amazon 2/20
Beaver Creek    2/20
Franklin Basin    2/20
Garden City      2/16 half way
Tony Grove       2/20
Sinks Trail         2/16
Swan flat          2/16
Temple             2/16 half way
 
 
Planning to Groom
Amazon 2/24
Beaver Creek    2/24
Franklin Basin    2/24
Garden City      2/24
Tony Grove       2/24
Sinks Trail         2/23
Swan flat          2/24
Temple             2/23 half way
                       
Out of State Snowmobile Permits are being sold at the following locations:
 
Bear Lake State Park – Marina
1035 North Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, UT 84028
 
The Top 3 violations in Logan Canyon
 
Anyone 17 and younger must wear a helmet when operating or being a passenger on a snowmobile, ATV or motorcycle.
 
Off highway vehicles must be registered before transporting or operating on public roads or land. Registration stickers must be displayed (stuck on the machine) along with the month sticker. Do not carry them in your bag and think that is good enough. It’s not!!! The decals will stick on the tunnel and hood very well if the machine is warm when you stick them on. Placing them on the belly pan will get ripped off when riding in deep snow.
 
Anyone (Utah resident or non-resident) between the age of 8 and 15 must posses Utah Safety Certificate to operate a snowmobile, ATV, or Motorcycle in Utah. To sign up for a classes at www.stateparks.utah.gov
 
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Grooming Report

Friday, February 17, 2012
 
We got about 2 to 6 inches of new snow up in the canyon this week, so riding should be good.
 
 
 
Trails have been groomed on:
Amazon              2/17
Beaver Creek    2/17
Franklin Basin    2/17
Garden City      2/16 half way
Tony Grove       2/17
Sinks Trail         2/16
Swan flat          2/16
Temple             2/16 half way
 
 
Planning to Groom
Amazon                   2/18
Beaver Creek         2/18
Franklin Basin    2/18
Garden City             2/24
Tony Grove          2/20
Sinks Trail            2/19
Swan flat                  2/24
Temple                      2/23 half way
                       
Out of State Snowmobile Permits are being sold at the following locations:
 
Bear Lake State Park – Marina
1035 North Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, UT 84028
 
The Top 3 violations in Logan Canyon
 
Anyone 17 and younger must wear a helmet when operating or being a passenger on a snowmobile, ATV or motorcycle.
 
Off highway vehicles must be registered before transporting or operating on public roads or land. Registration stickers must be displayed (stuck on the machine) along with the month sticker. Do not carry them in your bag and think that is good enough. It’s not!!! The decals will stick on the tunnel and hood very well if the machine is warm when you stick them on. Placing them on the belly pan will get ripped off when riding in deep snow.
 
Anyone (Utah resident or non-resident) between the age of 8 and 15 must posses Utah Safety Certificate to operate a snowmobile, ATV, or Motorcycle in Utah. To sign up for a classes at www.stateparks.utah.gov
 
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Grooming Report

Monday, February 13, 2012
 
We were able to find another front blade for the snowcat, so the shop boys came up today and put it on the cat. I was able to go back out and groom with no issues this time. Finally!
 
 Groomed
Amazon              2/13
Beaver Creek     2/13
Franklin Basin    2/13
Garden City     
Tony Grove         2/13
Sinks Trail        
Swan flat         
Temple            
 
 
Planning to Groom
Amazon              2/17
Beaver Creek    2/17
Franklin Basin    2/17
Garden City      2/17 Maybe?
Tony Grove       2/17
Sinks Trail         2/16
Swan flat          2/17
Temple             2/16
                       
Out of State Snowmobile Permits are being sold at the following locations:
 
Bear Lake State Park – Marina
1035 North Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, UT 84028
 
The Top 3 violations in Logan Canyon
 
Anyone 17 and younger must wear a helmet when operating or being a passenger on a snowmobile, ATV or motorcycle.
 
Off highway vehicles must be registered before transporting or operating on public roads or land. Registration stickers must be displayed (stuck on the machine) along with the month sticker. Do not carry them in your bag and think that is good enough. It’s not!!! The decals will stick on the tunnel and hood very well if the machine is warm when you stick them on. Placing them on the belly pan will get ripped off when riding in deep snow.
 
Anyone (Utah resident or non-resident) between the age of 8 and 15 must posses Utah Safety Certificate to operate a snowmobile, ATV, or Motorcycle in Utah. To sign up for a classes at www.stateparks.utah.gov
 
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Snowcat Down

Thursday, February 09, 2012
 
Last night while grooming Franklin Basin I hit some dirt with the front blade bending the left side of the blade almost to the tracks. After detaching the blade from the cat, I hauled it down to our repair shop. It is in really bad shape, so it will take a week to ten days to fix. Prinoth does not have a new one in the Western United States to replace it with, so we are going to have to repair the old one. 
 
We have contacted Hyrum State Park to see if we can share their cat for a few days next week. They have agreed to let us have it Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week (15, 16, and 17) 
 
Here is what we will try and get done:
 
 
Planning to Groom
Amazon            2/15, 2/17
Beaver Creek    2/15, 2/17
Franklin Basin   2/15, 2/17
Garden City      2/17 Maybe?
Tony Grove       2/15
Sinks Trail         2/16
Swan flat          2/17
Temple             2/16 Maybe?
                       
Out of State Snowmobile Permits are being sold at the following locations:
 
Bear Lake State Park – Marina
1035 North Bear Lake Blvd
Garden City, UT 84028
 
The Top 3 violations in Logan Canyon
 
Anyone 17 and younger must wear a helmet when operating or being a passenger on a snowmobile, ATV or motorcycle.
 
Off highway vehicles must be registered before transporting or operating on public roads or land. Registration stickers must be displayed (stuck on the machine) along with the month sticker. Do not carry them in your bag and think that is good enough. It’s not!!! The decals will stick on the tunnel and hood very well if the machine is warm when you stick them on. Placing them on the belly pan will get ripped off when riding in deep snow.
 
Anyone (Utah resident or non-resident) between the age of 8 and 15 must posses Utah Safety Certificate to operate a snowmobile, ATV, or Motorcycle in Utah. To sign up for a classes at www.stateparks.utah.gov
 
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Grooming Report

Wednesday, February 08, 2012
 
We had a problem with our snowcat not having enough power to even put the blade on the ground, so we did not groom Monday. Our amazing shop boys found a crack in the fuel lines, so it was sucking air into the fuel. It is all fixed now, so I’m going to go out today 2-8-12 and groom the canyon. 
 
Trails are getting hard, but off trail riding is still great.
 

 

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Grooming Report

Thursday, February 02, 2012
 
We will be conducting a snowmobile checkpoint on the sinks road by the Peter Sinks turn off. Please be prepared if stopped to show registration, Helmet use if your under 18, and Safety Certificates if your under 16 and operating a snowmobile.
 
Trails are getting hard, but off trail riding is still great.
 

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