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Smithers Snowmobile Association

February 2018 Newsletter

Telkwa FSR plowing

The Telkwa FSR still isn't plowed after the big snowfall. It was scheduled to be plowed last week however the contractor's grader was out of service. They brought their plow truck to do the job but once out there they realized it wouldn't be big enough to do the job. This is our highest priority right now however we are at the mercy of others right now.

As of right now the road is scheduled to be plowed on the 14th of this month. Until then, or if it gets pushed back a little further, please take extra caution on the road. It's so narrow it is basically a one way road. Please take responsibility for your own driving, drive slow and be patient. Also watch out for moose as they are staying on the road a lot longer when a truck comes because it's so hard for them to jump in the ditch in this deep snow.

Telkwa FSR management

Brandi from Rec, Sites and Trails has put in an application to have the road fixed as per our management agreement with them. They will try to fix any flat spots susceptible to flooding as well as some other corners. This will be a large undertaking and should make the road safer in the future. We should know the result of this application in the next couple months.

Ron Donnely of the government suggested that we put up a sign at the start of the FSR warning people that this is a winter access road, that there will sometimes be single lane traffic only, That there will be some pullouts, to be careful and that trail passes or memberships are required.

Pine Creek Trail

The new eastern trail up the Pine Creek is turning into a very popular route.. We have been planning on widening the trail to allow the groomer to groom it in the future. Rec, Sites and Trails is on board with us and will be putting out to tender the gps and plotting of the trail. The trial would need to be 16ft wide to accomadate the groomer, and even wider on the corners. The layout contractor will be in discussions with our groomers to find the best route. There has been some fears that this route will increease actrivity in the summer so we will try to keep the trail going over the swamps to limit summer access.

Shelters

The trail up Sinclair is having some issues right now due to a large tree that has dropped down in the way. Currently people are going around it but there will soon be a trench built as the access is tight and steep.

So there must have been a martin fight in the Harold Price cabin over the last week as there was a dead one with its neck attacked on the floor. The rest of the shelter was dirty with insulation everywhere, seats torn up, feces all around and lots of items from the table etc on the floor. It was cleaned up however it wasn't determined where they had gotten in. Firewood is also still low up here.

Onion: Main has lots of firewood. Burdettes has firewood but they are large pieces so it takes more effort to cut.
 

Grooming

Sinclair could use some grooming. The Onion was done on Wednesday. The Dome was done on Wednesday as well and is scheduled to be done this coming Wednesday again. In comparison for those that have not sledded in other areas in BC, a member at the meeting stated how bad the trails were in Pemberton and Sicamous and that our trails are way smoother in comparison.

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