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    Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

    A motion was made and passed at the January 15, 2013 meeting of the Calgary Snowmobile Club (C.S.C.) to establish a commitee of the club as the "Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society". The goal of this committee is to work toward the establishment and have on-going grooming of the trails of the Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area, as currently laid out by the provicial goverment. Since the government did not groom last season and is not grooming this season, members of the the C.S.C. adopted a mandate to put forward a comprehensive plan to the government to re-establish grooming of the trails, BY THE GROOMING SOCIETY/C.S.C..

    Any member of the public that is interest in this mandate, whether a member currently of the C.S.C. or not, would be welcome to join in with those working to re-establish the grooming. As of this date, there are six C.S.C. members and three non-members meeting and working toward this goal. Please private message me about the next upcoming meeting of the society, or any ideas you would like brought up at the meeting.

    This will be a very involved undertaking, and we realize that having the funds to reach this goal, after our plan is approved, is most important. Assistance and ideas in this area are greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaz Dog View Post
    A motion was made and passed at the February 15, 2013 meeting of the Calgary Snowmobile Club (C.S.C.) to establish a commitee of the club as the "Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society". The goal of this committee is to work toward the establishment and have on-going grooming of the trails of the Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area, as currently laid out by the provicial goverment. Since the government did not groom last season and is not grooming this season, members of the the C.S.C. adopted a mandate to put forward a comprehensive plan to the government to re-establish grooming of the trails, BY THE GROOMING SOCIETY/C.S.C..

    Any member of the public that is interest in this mandate, whether a member currently of the C.S.C. or not, would be welcome to join in with those working to re-establish the grooming. As of this date, there are six C.S.C. members and three non-members meeting and working toward this goal. Please private message me about the next upcoming meeting of the society, or any ideas you would like brought up at the meeting.

    This will be a very involved undertaking, and we realize that having the funds to reach this goal, after our plan is approved, is most important. Assistance and ideas in this area are greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

    good editing......I thought I proof read it well but......January 15, 2013!

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    Re: Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

    Just wanted to post a quick snapshot of the trail safety check and maintenance completed on Sunday, January 20. Three members of the Grooming Society spent a collective 21 hours transversing approximately 65 kms.

    Downed large logs were removed from Raspberry Pass Trail (valley bottom), Skyline Trial, and Oyster Excursion Trail (south end) which straightened and/or widened the trail to full width. Low leaning trees across the trails and those "crowding" the trails causing trail narrowing were attended to on Baril Loop Trail, Raspberry Pass Trail, Cummings Creek Trail (only to -->), Skyline Trail, Pasque Trail (only to -->), and Oyster Exqursion Trail. The days ride ended with traveling north to Fallers Trail, Catarack Creek Trail (west of <--), and Etherington Trail. Signage was generally found to be good, with a few notes to make trails more clearly marked for first timers, turns, and brush cut back/repaint.

    If anyone knows of an area or areas of the trail system that require attention, please let me know. We will be out soon again to check further trails.

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    Re: Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

    Two of us will be out on Sunday to continue where we left off last weekend. We will be leaving the Etherington Parking lot at 10 AM if anyone would like to join us.
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    Re: Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

    Kaz, I probably won't be able to make it. Who is going with you? Are you looking at other trails than we did last week?

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    Re: Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

    Ed from the club is coming along, not sure if you know him yet. Yep, picking up where we left off last weekend, trails on the "east side" of the area.

    Quote Originally Posted by stickman View Post
    Kaz, I probably won't be able to make it. Who is going with you? Are you looking at other trails than we did last week?
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    Re: Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

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    Re: Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

    Just wanted to post a quick snapshot of the trail safety check and maintenance completed on Sunday, January 27. Two members of the Grooming Society spent a collective 9 hours transversing approximately 50 kms.

    Downed large logs were removed from Cataract Creek Trial (near the parking lot), and Cummings Creek Trial which straightened and/or widened the trail to full width. Low leaning trees across the trails and those "crowding" the trails causing trail narrowing were attended to on Valley Bottom Trail, Cataract Creek Trail (only to -->), Wilkinson Summit Trail, Pasque Trial (only to Skyline Trial), Cummings Creek Trial, and Raspberry Pass Trial (upper loop). Signage was generally found to be good, with a few notes to make trails more clearly marked for turns and some signs markers need repainting.

    As of now, there have been very few trails not traveled for safety and maintenance. Logger's Trail is the last marked trail to be done, as well as a few connecting trails. If anyone knows of an area or areas of the trail system that require attention, please let me know.

    The snow conditions were very favourable, with a touch of grooming to knock down the whoopty-doo's preferrable/needed. The dream continues.....
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    Re: Cataract Creek Snowmobile Area Grooming Society

    Just an update for now:

    Volunteers have come forward, fundraising is being pursued, and government contacts have been undertaken. We have organized under a 2-3 year plan, depending on fundraising, to have a groomer at the area.

    For people interested in working on trial maintenance, we will have dates this fall or early winter to get to the trails before, or just before, the snow falls. Leave a message on this thread or PM me if you would like to help out.
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