February 2013 Meeting

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

Hope you are all having a chance to get out in some of this fresh snow we've been getting.

Here is your reminder that the club meeting is Tomorrow, Tuesday February 12th, 6pm at Q4U in Frisco.

For grooming news, we have some great news. We took delivery of our new snowcat Saturday morning. After fixing a flat tire, and plowing out the driveway and a parking spot for our fuel trailer, we were able to get out and start grooming Spring Creek. Tim was able to groom the lower road on Saturday and the upper road Sunday evening. It only took 2 years of paperwork and 8 months of waiting for our grant check, but now we are officially a grooming club!

Thanks to JP Trucking for the deal on the hauling from the Montrose area and delivery to Spring Creek. Thanks also to Tim, Ron and Bruce for coming out helping with the unloading of the cat, Pat for the fuel tank & trailer and Ben for helping with the installation of the signs along the wilderness boundary. We had a busy weekend but are now up and running with our groomer!

Our February club ride is scheduled for Sunday the 17th. Next month we have our annual overnight weekend ride in the Steamboat Lake Area. we will be staying at the Hahns Peak Roadhouse the weekend of March 15th thru the 17th.

I've got a lot of other items to cover at the meeting tomorrow night, the quarterly CSA meeting, the Pink Ribbon Ride in March and more.

Hope to see you all tomorrow night at Q4U.

Rich Holcroft
High Country Snowmobile Club

December 2013 update

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Hello High Country Snowmobilers,

Thanks to every that came out to last weekend's kick off party and thanks again to our wonderful sponsors. At the party we signed up several new members and were able to raise over $900 for the grooming program!

Welcome to our new members, here's one of our regular updates.

Our next club meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at Q4U in Frisco at 6pm. We should have lots to talk about since we have a lot going on.

In grooming news, we should have our check for the Bombardier BR-275 next week. Unfortunately the other club we are purchasing the cat from won't get their check quite as fast. I have been in contact with the Arrowhead club to see if they might be able to have their cat delivered a little earlier than their check. I should know more by the meeting.

Ross and Ron went up to the trailhead earlier this week and dropped off the sled, drag and the snow poles for the trails. We are working out some kinks with the set up of the drag but hope to be off and running with this set up until the cat gets here.

We are scheduled to hold our first club snowmobile ride on January 20th. For other events, we are hosting the wounded warriors from Fort Carson at the Louis Lodge in Breckenridge, on top of Cty Rd. 450. The ride will be on Saturday January 5th. We will take them out on the trails of the Golden Horseshoe to Georgia Pass. We are looking for volunteers and anyone with an extra sled that the warriors could ride. Please reply to this e-mail if you are interested.

Snow Safety News!

Mike at Silverthorne Powersports is hosting his annual Snowmobile Safety Seminar on Friday January 18th at 6:30 to 8:00 pm. at the Summit County Senior Center in Frisco. The event will have a avalanche safety workshop provided by Summit County Search and Rescue in one room and a vendor presentations in another. We plan to attend and provide refreshments for participants and hopefully get some new members.

Other rides:

The CSA convention will be held at South fork, CO on January 25-27, 2013. Lots of great riding in the area and The San Juan's have been getting very good snow recently. There is still time to register if you are interested. Information on the event can be found on the CSA web site, www.snowmobilecolo.com. I will be staying at the Ute Bluff Lodge if you get thirsty.

CSA's sponsored Pink Ribbon Ride will be at Grand Lake on March 8th and 9th 2013. The ride is a great fund raiser for the Pink Ribbon Riders, a group which donates money directly to men and women with breast cancer. Information can be found at http://www.pinkribbonriders.com/wp/snow-run-tour-usa/.

Hope to see you at the next club meeting on the 8th. Have a great holiday season and a safe new year!

Rich Holcroft


High Country Snowmobile Club

Colorado Parks and Wildlife awards $45,000 grant

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife awards the club a $45,000 grant for the purchase of a snowcat for trail grooming.

The club scored the highest out of all the other grant applicants. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Snowmobile Sub-Committe recommended funding in excess of our original grant which will allow us to purchase a higher quality snowmobile trail groomer.

The grant has received final approval for funding and should be funded by early November. The club's grooming committee has been diligently searching for a snowcat and hopes to make it's final selection soon.

Special Use Permit Approved

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Special Use Permit Approved for Grooming at Spring Creek!

The Dillon Ranger district is finalizing the permit process allowing us to begin grooming 15 miles of trail in the Spring Creek Area.

Additional wilderness signs installed at Elliot Ridge!

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We have been notified that the Dillon Ranger District has installed new signs marking the boundary of the Eagles Nest Wilderness area adjacent to Elliot Ridge.

These additional signs were located by GPS and should mark the exact boundary of the wilderness area. Please respect the wilderness boundary and encourage all other snowmobilers to do the same!

Club member update on Travel Management

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Hello Summit County Snowmobilers,

It's been a little over 2 months since my last e-mail. Since then I have been in touch with Ken Waugh and Paul Semmer of the Dillon Ranger District. I really don't think those guys like snowmobilers. They told me in a packed town hall in Blue River: Too bad, we don't have the money or staff to keep snowmobile trails open, so we are closing them all.

White River National Forest- Releases Travel Management Plan

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The Forest Service has just released their final version of the plan. Web version here.

Highlights for snowmobilers? Well if you like driving to Spring Creek or Montezuma to ride powder, you are in luck. If you like riding the trails in the Swan drainage, you are in luck. Everyone else, you're not going to be very happy next winter.

The prefered alternative when we were commenting was Alt G, it closed several smaller open motorized areas but kept open some motorized areas to ride near the towns. Areas like McCoullough Gulch, below Porcupine Gulch on Tenderfoot, Pennsylvania Creek, and the valleys ofthe Swan off Tiger Road all had open motorized areas. Miners Creek was also open among several others. We commented to keep those areas open but they did not listen. The comments from the Town of Breckenridge and other various non motorized users seemed to carry more weight.

Effective in 45 days, the only open motorized areas for snowmobiles (areas where you can ride off a trail) are out of Montezuma, on Green Mountain Res. or up Spring Creek. The kick in the pants of this plan is the change of designation in Alt GM of several areas from open motorized to motorized restricted. The restricted label means you have to stay on designated winter trails. Why is this the best part of the plan? They did not desinate any winter trails!
Check it out on the Alt GM winter map, open motorized is green, restricted is purple, non-motorized is tan. Only the roads in red are the designated winter routes.

This means, Miners Creek is closed. Porcupine Gulch is closed. Pennsylvania Gulch is closed. Not just the Horseshoe Basin at the top, the entire jeep road from Coronet to Indiana Gulch, including all of Boreas Pass is closed. The entire Ten Mile Range is closed, (both sides, McCullough and Mayflower.) Yea, sure, but they can't enforce it you say? If it is not a designated trail, any forest service person or sheriff who catches you coming out of a trail can and will write you a ticket.

PRESS: Congressman Polis Introduces Wilderness Preservation Act

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September 30, 2010
Contact: Lara Cottingham
(202) 503-6067 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WASHINGTON—After an intense public review and consensus building process, late last night Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced H.R. 6280 – The Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act – which would designate nearly 166,000 acres of public land in Summit and Eagle Counties within Colorado's second congressional district as wilderness and special protection areas.

"Colorado's wild places are the heart of our state's character and our state's natural beauty is itself a precious resource that we must preserve," said Polis. "These areas are essential to our economy and our environment, and through this legislation we can ensure that our beautiful areas continue to provide habitat for our diverse wildlife, opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the great outdoors, and jobs for local economies. After working extensively with stakeholders and examining the areas in question trail-by-trail, I am proud to introduce this legislation that has gained support and backing from the community."

The legislation incorporates further discussions with area water providers, the Colorado National Guard, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the recreation community and conservationists to ensure that the legislation meets the long-term needs of these stakeholders. The next step in the legislative process is for the bill to be referred to the House Natural Resources Committee for review.

More info @ http://www.polis.house.gov/wilderness/

Congressman, Jared Polis
2nd District, Colorado | 501 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 | (202) 225-2161

Congressman Polis's Wilderness Proposal AKA- Hidden Gems (170,000 acres)

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The Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Protection Act seeks to add new designated wilderness areas in the White River National Forest within Summit and Eagle Counties to the National Wilderness Preservation System. Designated areas would hold the highest level of land protection, with public access and usage still available, but certain types of development and activities prohibited.