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Ski Trail Maintenance

Contributed by Sue Sullivan

With the holidays over, the trails volunteers are getting back out to get a few projects completed on the ski and snowshoe trials.

On January 11 a group took on the job of completing the work on sign and marker installation at the junction of the Flagline and Flagline Access trails in the Dutchman trail system. The day showed promise of being good weather to complete this work, but by the time they arrived at the work site the snow had begun, and the blustery weather encouraged the group to waste no time getting signs and markers up. The reward for their efforts was a buttery smooth glide back to the Nordic Center.

The new junction signs are a big improvement on the old signs on a blue pole, which periodically got buried and required resetting. And for the three new volunteers who had their first sign installation experience: they’ll never look at a trail sign the same way again.

Coming up – we’ll be getting started on establishing new ski trails at Swampy and doing field surveys for more than 50 new signs we expect to install next summer.

Jan 18 update
On January 18 we began the work needed to put in the new trail from the top of Ridge (Junction 62) to the Swampy Shelter (Junction 55). We identified and flagged trees for markers, and did some minor limbing and brushing to clear the corridor for the route. The work will be ongoing this spring and summer, and this and other trail additions will be ready for next season.