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Mirror Lake / Mill Hollow Grooming Report

Groomers: Joe Donnell, Joseph Hamby, Aaron Hone, and Brian Kurta Phone: 435-336-2241
Title: Rockport State Park Email: josephdonnell@utah.gov

Normal Weekly Grooming Schedule

***All runs start and end at the North Fork (NF) Trail Head. Grooming runs are made during various times and the snowcat may be on the trail at anytime so please use caution. This schedule is subject to change due to weather or mechanical breakdowns.

For current conditions and changes to the grooming schedule please log onto www.snowut.com. Trails are groomed by the staff at Rockport State Park including Joe Donnell, Joe Hamby, Aaron Hone and Brian Kurta.

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
No Grooming

 

Soapstone, Cold Springs, Hwy 35 to Hanna

No Grooming

 

Mirror Lake Hwy to Mirror Lake 

 

Soapstone, Hwy 35 to Wolf Creek Summit, Mill Hollow and

Nobletts 

 

Soapstone, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek and Nobletts

 

 

Soapstone, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek and Nobletts

 

Trail Conditions

 

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12/02/2016

As of today there is not enough snow to start grooming. Hopefully this next storm gives us the snow we need to start. At the top of Wolf Creek pass there is approximately 18-20" of powder with no base.

Be very careful if you go off trail. Our Ranger checked two sleds today that had hit rocks in the meadows and broken their A-arms. Not a good way to start the season!
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Grooming Report for 3/16/2016

Hello all you die hard sledders that are still hitting the hills. If you have put your sled away for the season, man are you missing out. The storms since Sunday have put down several feet of snow in the higher elevations. Grooming on the Mirror Lake Hwy today was awesome although I wish I had hit the resort with my board! We are still losing snow at the lower elevations which is making it difficult to get to our snow cat shed but we will continue so long as conditions permit. We have several trainings the rest of the month that will affect grooming but here is what we are projecting till the end of the season which will likely be March 31st, as only a fool would groom in April! April fools joke!

 

March 17 and 21- Soapstone, Cold Springs, Noblett's, Mill Hollow

March 18,19,25,26- Soapstone, Mill Hollow, Lake Creek, Noblett's

March 23- Mirror Lake Hwy

 

We will see what the week of the 27th brings and may do some last minute grooming that week. Thanks for a great season and be careful with these spring conditions.

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3/11/2016

The last storm dropped between 4" and 8" depending on elevation. Unfortunately due to the warm weather that snow has all melted and become one mass. This time of year you really need to ride the day of the storm or the day after to enjoy the pow.

We have groomed all the trails. The snow at the Nobblets and Soapstone trailhead is very thin. Which makes it impossible to groom. Blame mother nature for those bumps.

Make sure to check the avalanche conditions before you ride. The snow is warming up in the afternoon and sliding. Make sure you ALWAYS wear a beacon, the snow is very unpredictable. Play safe and have fun.


Avalanche center website:
https://utahavalanchecenter.org/
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3/3/2016

The snow is melting FAST!! There are rocks and stumps peaking through the snow. BE SAFE!

I would recommend staying on the trails unless you want to break something. There is approximately 4 feet of snow at 10,000 feet and barley enough to cover the road at the trail heads.

Enjoy the warm weather, throw down your scratchers and enjoy our beautiful mountains and smooth trails.
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Grooming report for 2/24/16

Mother Nature and El Nino have teamed up to put the halt of Old Man Winter. We have only had a couple inches of new snow and it is warming up. The lower elevation riding is hard packed but if you get up high enough the riding is still really good with lots of powder. Avoid the heavily traveled areas and venture off the trails to find some good pow pow. The wicked wind storm last Thursday knocked down numerous trees and it is taking us some time to get them moved. The Strawberry cat has been down and we did not make it down Lake Creek yet due to all the trees. We will go in tomorrow and clear them out and groom it on the regular schedule. Ride safe!!

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02/06/2016

All the trails have been groomed this past week. The Nobblets and Mill Hollow trail have become pretty bumpy. Tonight we will be putting on the "Mogul Master" in order to knock down all the bumps.
We will groom Soapstone to Hwy 35 then down to the Nobblets Trail head. Then we will go over Mill Hollow. This should knock everything down and leave a nice smooth trail for you to ride before you go and watch the Super Bowl.
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2/01/2016

Due to white out conditions the Cold Spring run will be postponed.
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Grooming report 01/29/2016

As of 1/29/2016 the following trails have been groomed.
Cold Springs
Soapstone
Hwy 150 to Mirror Lake
Nobblets TH to the Hanna TH
Mill Hollow to Duchesne Ridge.

There have been strong winds in the higher elevations causing the trails to be wind blown and covered. Bad for the trails and avalanche conditions but good for powder in the high country.
The last storm only dropped 4-6 inches at the summit.


Always remember to check for avalanche conditions before you go out. Here is the link for the Uintas.
https://utahavalanchecenter.org/advisory/uintas
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Grooming report of Jan 15, 2016

We are currently up to date with all of our grooming runs and we have added another run for your smooth riding convenience. Grooming runs are as follows.

Monday- Cold Springs to the Hanna TH

Wednesday- Mirror Lake HWY to Mirror Lake

Thursday- HWY 35 from the Nobblets TH to the Wolf Creek Summit

Friday- Mill Hollow to the Lake Creek Summit

Saturday- Mill Hollow to the Lake Creek TH

While the trails are well maintained Mother Nature has not shown us her full furry yet. On Thursday there were white out conditions at and above 8000 feet due to strong winds and blowing snow. This is causing wind drifted trails at the higher elevations. This will also cause wind loaded hills so be care and make sure to always check the snow conditions before you go out!!
The storm only put down a couple inches on top at best.
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Grooming Report for January 1, 2016

Well Mother Nature is doing what seems like normal anymore, teasing us with a big dump of snow and then an extended dry spell! What happened to the awesome Utah winters!! There is about 3 feet of snow at the higher elevations and 1 foot at the trailheads. There is some snow forecasted for the next five days but I am not counting on much accumulation being the pessimist that I am. It is still a big gamble to venture off the trails with lots of hidden obstacles waiting to empty you wallet at the repair shop. The good news is that the trails are in great shape and we are on a full schedule. Please dress appropriately and take all you survival gear with you in case something unexpected happens and you have to spend the night on the mountain. It could either be a life and death situation or a fun story to tell you friends and family! Please check the avalanche conditions before heading out, some big slide have been seen in the area. Go to https://utahavalanchecenter.org/ for the most current conditions. Please abide by all rules and regulations to ensure a pleasant visit with a Park Ranger.

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