The Sangre Snow Scoop
By Rebecca Cellers
Greetings members & friends!
As the season draws to a close, we look back at the favorable snow conditions we’ve experienced on
Ophir Creek this year.
The snow came early & frequently, which we know is not always the case in our region; then we were blessed with an end of season 2 feet dumping!!
This has truly been a great season for us!
Our final club meeting of this season will be this coming Tuesday April 13th at the Klamm Shell in Pueblo, 424 W. Northern Ave (dinner at 6, meeting at 7).
We will hold our club elections & feature a presentation on end of season machine maintenance.
As a reminder, anyone looking to run for an office must be present at the meeting & the more members who attend, the better our election outcome will be.
The offices up for election are as follows:
If you have any questions about what those offices entail, please contact Les or Scott, you can also ask at the meeting.
We plan to get the ball rolling as early as possible on trail maintenance this summer & keep it going strong with our main focus being on trails C, E & AA.
Volunteering to help is always appreciated as Les & Scott have taken it upon themselves to do the majority of the work in recent years, lets give them a hand, in both ways!
Emails regarding trail maintenance plans & dates will be sent out through the summer.
We hope to see everyone this Tuesday!
We appreciate all of the members who have joined & those who have continued to make our club one that exhibits great comradery.
The Sangre Snow Scoop
By Rebecca Cellers
Greetings members and new friends!
After nearly a year of not having regular club meetings due to Covid-19 it was wonderful to see so many faces and new members at our March meeting!
We would like to welcome our newest members to the club: Vern & Teresa Blazina.
Ophir Creek got a good helping of snow during this last storm and there will be more on the way Tuesday 3/16!
Conditions this Sunday were unlike anything we've seen on Greenhorn for quite a few years!
Gary, Dave, Henry and Mitch all came out to play and braved it up the deep road to the unplowed parking lot! By the end of the day the lot was a bit more set up and easy to maneuver!
On the Deer Peak side we encountered around 20"+ of snow up high with plenty of drifts.
We got down into Burn Loop (Trail D) and found measurements up to 36" in the meadow.
Coming down Burn Loop from the West was a breeze but deep snow and drifts prohibited access from the East - after many attempts and stucks, we opted to go back West to access Elmer Canyon (trail C). We took that route back to the parking lot past Scott and Sue's cabin and the snow held steady all the way down - but as always you want to take it slow over the South facing shelf sections as you could feel some rocks.
Mitch and his parents visiting from Ohio ventured over to the Greenhorn Side and said there was easily 12"+ on the road (trail E) the whole way with drifts and blown over sections pushing 2-3'.
They made it up to second E-F intersection, Mitch then rode beyond that intersection but it was definitely drifted over. Be advised that past that point some side-hilling is necessary and may push people's comfort level if they are wanting more of a leisurely trail ride. Once the trail is groomed later this week it should calm that down quite a bit.
Dave and Gary made it out both Sunday and Monday to enjoy the powder and ventured all over the mountain finding great snow all the way! We should see more snow tonight into tomorrow morning and Les plans to groom on Thursday.
For anyone who would like to join there will be a small club ride on Saturday March 20th. The plan is to meet at the parking lot around 9:00-9:30 am, please be sure to pull fully out of the turnaround area since the mountain will likely see many riders this weekend.
For anyone who would like to join the club please visit http://www.coloradosnowmobileassociation.com and click on the "Join" tab.
At the end of the checkout process it will ask which clubs you would like to join and of course you can pick as many as you'd like, just keep in mind that they all have their own yearly dues.
Everyone be safe and keep those Spring snow dances going!
***Copied from The Greenhorn Valley View***
Sangre Snowrunners Snowmobile Club is Enjoying the Snow
Greenhorn Valley View
The Sangre Snowrunners Snowmobile Club is closing out 2020 with a lot of good times. Club president, Les Lewis, and vice president, Scott Schoultz have been busy grooming the trails on Mammoth Gulch, Sangre Overlook, Pole Creek, Ophir Creek, and Greenhorn road and have them ready to ride.
The club hosted their first ride of the season on Saturday, December 26 with about eleven riders present. Rebecca Cellers, Sangre Snowrunner’s Public Relations Officer said, “The ride was great! We had a nice club ride on Greenhorn and were joined by some newcomers from Black Forest and Falcon! Always great to see new faces and welcome more folks into the great sport of snowmobiling!”
The Snowrunners have several events in the planning stage, including more club rides, an outdoor cookout on the mountain, and possibly a poker run. They are working to coordinate these events with the Colorado Snowmobile Association and make sure all COVID restrictions are met.
In normal times, the club meets once a month at a restaurant to visit and exchange information, this year they have only been able to have one meeting. Cellers is keeping their newsletter, The Sangre Snow Scoop current on their website at www.sangresnowrunners.com, which also contains snow depths, trail reports, and maps of the area. You can also follow their activities on their Facebook page.
The Sangre Snowrunners which is a grooming club operates their own equipment to groom, mark, and maintain miles of trails throughout Greenhorn Mountain. They hold special use permits from the US Forest Service and BLM to operate on public lands. These are the people who are responsible for keeping the trails groomed and cleared for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy year-round. Workdays are held in the summer to keep the trails clear. The Ophir Creek & Greenhorn Mountain trail system is located off of Highway 165, near mile marker 11 in the San Isabel National Forest. Cellers says, "We are seeing more cross-country skiers and hikers using the trails which makes us very happy. Remember that we groom the trails for motorized and non-motorized recreation so if cross country skiing or hiking is your thing please enjoy the trails. Snowmobiling is a fun family activity to get out and enjoy some of Colorado’s finest sights. Riding with a club creates a safer activity as members can help provide experience and practical advice, and there will be someone nearby to help if you have equipment problems or get stuck."
It is time for memberships to be renewed, and the Snowrunners would love to see some new faces join them. Dues to join the Colorado Snowmobile Association are $22 per year for an individual or family and dues for the Sangre Snowrunners are $18.00 per year. Membership information and contact information can be obtained through the Colorado Snowmobile Association website and the Sangre Snowrunners Snowmobile Club website."
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