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Trails are Closed!

Trails are Closed!

Our trails are closed and will not open until December 16th and only if we have enough snow (which is looking good!).  Riding before the trails open only jeopardize our trails.  Thanks for respecting our landowners!

At that time, we will likely need help clearing trails of trees that have come down during this recent storm.

Trail work!

We got a lot accomplished today!  We still have more to do tomorrow.  If you are able to help us, we’ll be meeting at the bridge from 10-12.  Any questions, email us info@tweedvalleytravelers.com.

At the start

Removing the old boards

Our little helper

3/4 of the decking removed!

 

 

Landowners Dinner!

Landowners Dinner!

Everyone should have received an invitation by now.  This is a reminder to RSVP by tomorrow for the land owner dinner if you will be attending.  You can email us at info@tweedvalleytravelers.com to RSVP.

Dinner is next weekend, Saturday April 28th.  Happy hour starts at 5:30 and dinner buffet at 6pm.

Dinner is $15/adults and $6/child age 12 and under.  There will be prices raffled off throughout the evening.

Hope to see you there!

Our Trails are closed

Our Trails are closed

There was a little riding left earlier this week, but it has come time to close the trails.  It was a mixed season with some great riding at times.  Hope everyone enjoyed it!

If you have time to volunteer, we can always use help when we get around to taking down the stakes.  There’s a LOT of them!

Only riding in Michigan

Only riding in Michigan

After some additional discussion last night, we’ve decided to close all trails outside the Michigan area.  The Michigan area are the section of our trails that are mainly in the national forest (Bloodroot, Carmel, North Pond, 73/74/745).  Riding in town or heading North, East or South of town is not possible now with those sections of trails closed.

We don’t like closing trails with a few more weeks of riding left, but this is necessary to protect our landowners and have trails for next season.  Thanks!

Remember – you can always view trail info on the VAST map online.  Just remember, some clubs are not as quick to update, so just because something might show as open, it is always good to check.  I have seen that Bridgewater has closed all their trails.

https://vtvast.org/trails.html

Trails update/closures

Trails update/closures

This past weekend was great for some added riding, although with the warmer temps and the number of sleds out there, we now need to close some sections of our trails.  Best riding is in Michigan.  See image for current update.  Trails in the Michigan section (73/74/745) still have plenty of snow and you can still ride over to Chittenden.  You just need to trailer in most cases to get out there. Parking is available at the end of Upper Michigan rd.  We’ve had to close the trails in the valley as they are bare/mud in most spots.  We expect conditions to deteriorate further over the week and will update when necessary.

 

Always ride in control!

Always ride in control!

Today we had a close call, in an otherwise great day of riding.  While we were approaching a corner, another rider was going far too fast and couldn’t make it and ended up going straight into the snow off the trail.  Fortunately he ended up going behind my wife and her sled and my son and I we’re able to stop.  This could have been far worse.

I’m sharing, because I hope at least one rider who rides like this one did might change their riding without having to have a near miss or an actual accident.  Everyone wants to enjoy their ride and also enjoy a ride the following day.  So please, ride for the trails and conditions.  If you can’t see what is up ahead, slow down.  There is a time and place for speed and it is not when you can’t see far ahead.  You should always be able to stop for turns or any unexpected hazard that might be in the trail.  Just imagine if we had been in the groomer, not on sleds?  This would have been a collision for sure.  So please, ride within control and speed appropriate for the trail and conditions at all times.

To the rider, I hope this was a valuable lesson learned.  We all do stupid things, we just need not repeat them.

Ride while you can!

Ride while you can!

Trails are in very good shape now.  Due to the past warm ups and rain though, the ground underneath and water isn’t frozen.  So there are some spots where there’s water/mud and slush, but everything else looks really good and has very good snow cover, especially the higher elevation trails.  Trails in the valley have less snow, but still decent cover.  We’ve done a lot of grooming over the past few days, but given the depth in some areas, you might not even know it!

Enjoy the riding while you can!   This is the best we’ve had in awhile!

Latest trail update

Last couple of nights we have been out grooming.  We would have liked to get some grooming done during the day yesterday as well, but it was too warm.  Trails are in good shape in most areas, with some bad spots scattered throughout.  Expect rough spots at any time and ride with caution as always.

Here’s some pictures I took while out for a ride yesterday.

Behind Colton Enterprises – Should be better now

Groomed this last night. If you ride an ungroomed section like this, try to widen it by riding on the edge. It helps a lot when we groom!