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Grooming Schedule and Conditions

 

Updated January 17, 2018

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SNOW! Wonderful snow has begun falling out in the staging areas and it was adding up very fast. If it keeps this up, we will be set for an awesome weekend of riding. The new load is falling on an weak upper snowpack full of nastiness. Please choose simple, low or no angle terrain for the next while as this storm settles and we see how the snowpack handles it.

For the most recent photos and video, please follow RideValemount on Facebook and Instagram. Please read below regarding very important information on logging operations in the Clemina Creek area.For the most recent photos and video, please follow RideValemount on Facebook and Instagram.

 

When riding in areas surrounded by wildlife closures (Allan / Chappell), please understand the area boundary and where you are in relation to it at all times. Even the smallest track outside of the riding area boundary can cause harm to our efforts.

Ride safe.

 

CAUTION Westridge Family Loop – The main Westridge FSR will be plowed for logging activities for most of the winter season.  It is illegal to operate a snowmobile on a plowed road.  Access to the Upper Westridge area is no longer possible via the swamp trail access.  Users are asked to use the access via the Upper Canoe FSR.  This is done by following the powerlines to the south from the main staging area.  At approx 10km up the FSR you will find the upper westridge access trail.

CAUTION Clemina Creek – Logging operations will begin this week.  Please see below for details.

Regular Grooming Schedule

Clemina – Typically groomed Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sunday evenings as user numbers and weather dictate. Trail passes are required at all times. (NOTE) Logging operations has begun in the Clemina Creek area this week and the road will be plowed to the 6km mark. We have created a trail that allows us to still access the area. PLEASE FOLLOW THE ALTERNATE GROOMED PATH. At times there will be short sections where sleds will need to use a very short portion of the main road to get back onto the groomed trail. Most notably is the 4km bridge where sleds will need to travel carefully to the mid way point on the hill and take a left onto the new groomed section of trail. Please ride very aware and slow at these intersections and remember that it is unsafe and illegal to ride on the plowed road.

Allan Creek – Typically groomed Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sunday evenings as user numbers and weather dictates. Trail passes are required at all times. NOTE that Allan Creek is surrounded by wildlife closures and it is up to you to know where you are at all times. Boundary files to help you remain in bounds are available on our website that can be put into your gps or phone.

Chappell – Typically groomed Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings (user numbers depending) Expect trail passes to be required daily although that may not always be the case. Please educate others and report any witnessed infractions to the RAPP Line at 1877-952-7277. Files are available on our website that can be put into your gps or phone. Failure to comply with regulations or to report infractions will only result in further restrictions and potential loss of the area and none of us want that. STAY IN BOUNDS!

 

Mountain Caribou – The Allen and Chappell Creek Riding areas are surrounded by wildlife closures. Please educate others and report any witnessed infractions to the RAPP Line at 1877-952-7277. Files are available on our website that can be put into your gps or phone to help you understand the boundaries. Failure to comply with regulations or to report infractions will only result in further restrictions and potential loss of the area and none of us want that. STAY IN BOUNDS!

General Info

Membership – WE NEED MEMBERS! It has never been so easy to become a VARDA member.
We have now moved to an online membership system and you can sign on at any time by scanning this QR code or by visiting the membership section on the VARDA web page. You can also purchase memberships at the trailhead.

Please report any Caribou and other Wildlife sightings to the VARDA office. We need location, number of animals, animals actions (at rest, at travel etc). This information is important to our riding areas.

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