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Grooming Report for 2/13/14

WOW! That pretty much sums up my Mirror Lake run today. Lots of snow, so much that I barely made it over the top. Then I got stuck in a total white with the heaviest snow I have seen in a long time. I had to turn around and get the heck out of there. Our snowpack has more than doubled in the last week with heavy wet snow. While this is good for our reservoirs later this spring, it means difficult riding conditions unless you have the best newest sled. My advice, leave the novices at home and take out the big dogs for a great day of sledding. More snow is forecasted and it will remain warm. Avalanche conditions are crazy right now so please avoid any slopes at all. I saw several avalanches on my grooming run.
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Nothing is changing on this front... avalanches are breaking deep and wide, taking out the entire seasons snowpack.
At all elevations, the avalanche danger is HIGH today and human triggered avalanches are very likely on all steep, snow covered slopes. The danger is most pronounced on slopes facing the north half of the compass, particularly those with an easterly component to their aspect. Once triggered, today's avalanches will produce a dangerous and possibly unsurvivable slide.
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AN AVALANCHE WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS WHERE DEEP, DANGEROUS, AND POSSIBLY UNSURVIVABLE HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY ON ALL STEEP, SNOW COVERED SLOPES. AVALANCHES CAN BE TRIGGERED FROM A DISTANCE AND LOW ON THE SLOPE.
Our Schedule this week will be: 
 
Thursday- Hwy 150 from Soapstone to Mirror Lake
Friday and Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone to Mill Hollow, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek 
Remember to ride safe and be prepared for all conditions. Day time temperatures may be in the 40s but drop well into single digits at night so always carry your survival gear. Be Safe.
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Grooming update 1/28/2014

Grooming update for Mirror Lake /Mill Hollow 1/28/2014

As of January 28, 2014, we had received about two new inches on top and are hoping the weather gives us more.  Due to lower snow totals, we are not doing all our grooming runs yet.  On top there is about three feet of snow with fair amounts at the trailheads.  The trails are in good shape.  Tuesday: Soapstone up Mill Hollow over to the Lake Creek Summit was groomed. The Cold Springs Loop was groomed from the top of Wolf Creek to Soapstone. Wolf creek to mp 24, Phelps Brook Trailhead, was groomed. Due to low snow levels on the road we could not go any further down to Hanna.  The Mirror Lake Highway up to Mirror Lake will not be groomed this week.  Friday, Mill Hollow to the Lake Creek Trailhead and Soapstone is scheduled to be groomed. Over all the trails are in great shape.  Watch out for danger while riding. The Avalanche danger is still High. Make sure you are wearing a beacon. Ride safe and enjoy the snow.

You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. Remember that all our runs are done at night but we may be on the trail at any time so ride under control at all times.

 

 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org  Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!

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Grooming Report for 1/21/14

Mother Nature is not being very nice to us this winter. We have been in a dry spell for over a week now and there is no significant snow scheduled until the end of the year. What this means is very poor snowmobiling conditions with no real powder off trail and if you do go off trail you are risking breaking parts of your snowmobile. We are still seeing lots of busted up sleds at the Trailheads. Snow depths in general are less than 3 feet. Our grooming continues but very low snow on the Wolf Creek Hwy is preventing us from grooming much of that area. We are grooming from the Silver Meadows area (Wolf Creek Summit) to the Mill Hollow turnoff but not much more than that.

 

Avalanche conditions are as follows:

 

Terrain to avoid- steep, upper elevation slopes facing the north half of the compass, especially those in the wind zone with an easterly component to their aspect, where a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger exists. Human triggered avalanches are likely.

A MODERATE avalanche danger is found on any steep wind drifted slope at mid elevations. Human triggered avalanches are possible.

Go to terrain- If you're looking for LOW avalanche danger, head to wind sheltered terrain, especially where there are no steep slopes above or adjacent to where you're riding.

 

Our Schedule this week will be:

 

Tuesday- Soapstone, Cold Springs

Thursday- Hwy 150 from Soapstone to Mirror Lake

Friday and Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone to Mill Hollow, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek

 

Remember to ride safe and be prepared for all conditions. Day time temperatures may be in the 40s but drop well into single digits at night so always carry your survival gear. Be Safe.

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Grooming Report for 1/10/14

Hello fellow powder lovers. I say that because we finally received some decent snow fall. Trial Lake is showing about 13” of new snow over the last couple of days, bringing the total depth to 46”. The good news is that the new snow will allow us to start grooming Hwy 35 and especially Mill Hollow. We may not be able to go all the way down to the Noblett’s or Hanna Trail Head but should be able to get close. With that being said we will be able to start a somewhat full schedule. Training next week will make us adjust our schedule somewhat.  An Avalanche Warning is in effect for the western Uinta Mountains. The combination of strong ridge top winds, coupled with dense heavy snow has created a HIGH avalanche danger. Both human triggered and natural avalanches are likely. Dangerous avalanche conditions exist on steep wind drifted slopes. The new snow comes with a dark lining in that it may lure you into a false sense of security. There are still A-arm busting gremlins just under the surface of the snow waiting to ruin your day. We have had a fair number of accidents in the last several weeks involving both damage to machines and personal injury, so please ride safe. Here is what we have planned for the weekend

Friday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone turnoff to Noblett’s Trail Head, Mill Hollow to the Lake Creek Summit, Lake Creek Summit to the Lake Creek Trail Head.

Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone turnoff to Noblett’s Trail Head, Mill Hollow to the Lake Creek Summit, Lake Creek Summit to the Lake Creek Trail Head.

You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. We typically run in the late afternoon however some runs are done earlier in the day. We may be on the trail at any time so please ride under control.

 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org  Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!

 

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Grooming Report for 1/10/14

Hello fellow powder lovers. I say that because we finally received some decent snow fall. Trial Lake is showing about 13” of new snow over the last couple of days, bringing the total depth to 46”. The good news is that the new snow will allow us to start grooming Hwy 35 and especially Mill Hollow. We may not be able to go all the way down to the Noblett’s or Hanna Trail Head but should be able to get close. With that being said we will be able to start a somewhat full schedule. Training next week will make us adjust our schedule somewhat.  An avalanche danger. Both human triggered and natural avalanches are likely. Dangerous avalanche conditions exist on steep wind drifted slopes. The new snow comes with a dark lining in that it may lure you into a false sense of security. There are still A-arm busting gremlins just under the surface of the snow waiting to ruin your day. We have had a fair number of accidents in the last several weeks involving both damage to machines and personal injury, so please ride safe. Here is what we have planned for the weekend

 

Friday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone turnoff to Noblett’s Trail Head, Mill Hollow to the Lake Creek Summit, Lake Creek Summit to the Lake Creek Trail Head.
Saturday- Soapstone, Hwy 35 from Soapstone turnoff to Noblett’s Trail Head, Mill Hollow to the Lake Creek Summit, Lake Creek Summit to the Lake Creek Trail Head.
You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. We typically run in the late afternoon however some runs are done earlier in the day. We may be on the trail at any time so please ride under control.
 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!
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Grooming update 1/09/2014

Grooming update for Mirror Lake /Mill Hollow 1/9/2014

As of January 9, 2014, we had received some good new snow with the past few storms and are hoping the weather gives us more.  Due to lower snow totals, we are not doing all our grooming runs yet.  On top there is about three to four feet of snow with fair amounts at the trailheads. We received over ten inches or more so far from the storms.  The trails are in good shape.  Tuesday: Soapstone over to HWY 35 was groomed. The Cold Springs Loop was groomed from HWY 35 the top of Wolf Creek to Soapstone summit. Due to low snow levels on the road we could not go any further down to Hanna.  The Mirror Lake Highway up to Mirror Lake was groomed on Thursday. The mill hollow up to lake creek summit was groomed today.  Both groomers reported blizzard like conditions on top.  As of right now UDOT has stopped plowing highway 35. They have stated it is closed. It may be passable by a vehicle, but it is a use at your own risk condition. There are no plowed pull offs for parking or for turning trailers around.  When the snow is over a foot on the road grooming may resume on highway 35. We will keep you updated with information as we get it. Watch out for danger while riding. The Avalanche danger is still high. Make sure you are wearing a beacon. Ride safe and enjoy the snow.

You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. Remember that all our runs are done at night but we may be on the trail at any time so ride under control at all times.

 

 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org  Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!

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Grooming Report for 1/2/14

Hello all. The winter that started out so great has become a big disappointment as we have not gotten much new snow in a couple of weeks. The snow depths are about 3 feet up high. There are still lots of stumps and obstacles out there so be careful. Some very disappointing news is that they are planning on plowing Hwy 35 all winter as part of the feasibility study that UDOT is doing. This means that we will not be able to access any of the Mill Hollow and Lake Creek areas. The trails will become very bumpy in short order. Not sure yet if you will be able to park at the Noblett's Trail Head and ride from there or have to park on the shoulder of the road at Mill Hollow or near the summit. We will be modifying our grooming schedule as follows. Monday, Friday, Saturday- Soapstone and Cold Springs, Thursday- Mirror Lake.

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Grooming update 1/2/2014

Grooming update for Mirror Lake /Mill Hollow 1/2/2014

As of December 30, 2013, we had received about two new inches on top and are hoping the weather gives us more.  Due to lower snow totals, we are not doing all our grooming runs yet.  On top there is about three to four feet of snow with fair amounts at the trailheads.  The trails are in good shape.  Monday: Soapstone up Mill Hollow over to the Lake Creek Summit was groomed. The Cold Springs Loop was groomed from the top of Wolf Creek to Soapstone. Wolf creek to mp 24, Phelps Brook Trailhead, was groomed. Due to low snow levels on the road we could not go any further down to Hanna.  The Mirror Lake Highway up to Mirror Lake should be groomed on Thursday.  Friday, Mill Hollow to the Lake Creek Trailhead and Soapstone is scheduled to be groomed.  Watch out for danger while riding. The Avalanche danger is still High. Make sure you are wearing a beacon. Ride safe and enjoy the snow.

You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. Remember that all our runs are done at night but we may be on the trail at any time so ride under control at all times.

 

 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org  Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!

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Grooming up date 12/24

Grooming update for Mirror Lake /Mill Hollow 12/24/2013

As of December 24, 2013, we had received about five new inches on top and are hoping the weather gives us more.  Due to lower snow totals, we are not doing all our grooming runs yet.  On top there is about three to four feet of snow with fair amounts at the trailheads.  The trails are in good shape.  Tuesday: Soapstone up mill hollow over to the lake creek trail head was groomed.  It was snowing and blowing on top. The cold springs loop was groomed from the top of wolf creek to Soapstone. The mirror Lake Highway up to Mirror Lake may not be groomed this week due to scheduling.  Watch out for danger while riding. The Avalanche danger is still High. Make sure you are wearing a beacon. Ride safe and enjoy the snow.

You can find a copy of our grooming schedule on this website at http://www.snowut.com that you can print out. Remember that all our runs are done at night but we may be on the trail at any time so ride under control at all times.

 

 Remember to go out prepared including survival and avalanche gear. Check on the avalanche conditions by going to www.avalanche.org  Ride safe and we will see you on the trails!!!

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Grooming Report 12/19/13

Good new! We have started grooming the Soapstone, Cold springs, and Mirror Lake Hwy. The bad news is that they continue to plow Hwy 35, Wolf Creek Hwy, which prevents us from grooming the Mill Hollow and Lake Creek areas of our complex. We will start grooming those areas when they stop plowing Hwy 35. You can access the Mill Hollow and Wolf Creek areas by parking on the shoulder of the road but it is very limited as there is no parking.

 

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