January Club Ride – Pinedale, WY – 1/12/18 – 1/15/18

I would like to announce details for our January Club Ride!

The Blizzards have decided to go to Pinedale, WY over MLK weekend. Many members have been to this location before and it always proves to be great riding and excellent conditions.

We will be staying at the Hampton inn & Suites in Pinedale, WY and have a block rate reserved for our members. Below are the details!

  • Hampton Inn & Suites –
    • 55 Bloomfield Ave
    • Pinedale, WY 82941
  • Arrive Friday 1/12/18
  • Depart Monday 1/15/18

If you are not a member and would like to join us on our club ride, send us a message through our Contact Us page! We always enjoy riding with new people!

For club members – Details on how to reserve under our block rate will be announced through our club email distribution.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the snow!

Snowy Range Ride Report – 11/25/17

Snowy Range Conditions Update –
 
We rode out of Greenrock on Saturday 11/25. Leaving the parking lot the road was still bare until Libby Flats so we rode the side ditch which had a good defined track and a fair amount of snow.
Snow conditions on the east face is very thin with landmines visible everywhere. The east side up to Libby flats needs several more feet of snow before it is safe to ride off trail.
 
Libby flats was mostly covered with some bare spots and a couple of pavement/dirt spots that were unavoidable. After Libby Flats, the snow coverage was good on the road and could be ridden at regular speeds until the junction of N to go North. The snow was deep enough at this point to do some mild off trail riding but there were still landmines visible throughout. Lakes were mostly frozen and rideable with streams still partially open with the occasional tricky crossing. We continued on and off trail until we got to Quealy where the snow conditions were the best of the day. The base was setting up nice with around 24 inches of good solid base. Light off trail riding in this area was possible.
 
We continued on NO and rode through the roller coaster to widow maker. The rollercoaster is almost 100% covered and rideable to get to widow maker. The base of widow maker and gap lakes need more snow and cold before the gap is crossable.
 
We went back to NO and continued east where the snow conditions stayed fairly good until the junction of NO and O. The snow conditions drastically declined on O, this area is not rideable until several more feet of snow falls. We proceeded past Brooklyn Lakes were the road was well covered until the junction with highway 130.
 
In summary, most areas trails are rideable on the west side, and the further north the better the snow gets. The east side needs a lot more snow before it is ride-able except for trail riding.
 

Avalanche Awareness Course

Avalanche Awareness Course – January 5th & 6th 2018

The Colorado Blizzards are very excited to host Introduction to Avalanche Awareness. The course will be presented by Brian Lundstedt and his team with Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness. Don’t hesitate to register ASAP as there will be a twelve student limit on this course.

This course is your first step towards riding safer and ensuring that you will always have another ride. We will cover terrain identification, group and terrain management and companion rescue.

  • Friday January 5th (classroom portion)
    • Location: Lundstedt Automotive – 1401 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • Time: 6pm-9pm
  • Saturday January 6th (on the snow)
    • Location: TBA, we will let the snow determine our day trip destination.
    • Time: 8am-5pm. (You must do classroom portion to do the on the snow training).
  • Intro course content & Equipment List can be found HERE 
  • Prerequisites: There are no educational Prerequisites for this course.
  • Students must possess a snowmobile capable of mountain travel, a great attitude and willingness to learn. Your riding partners will thank you!
  • To register send us a message on our website HERE 
  • Message us on Facebook
  • Attendance is free; donations to Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness are encouraged.
  • Reservations are not guaranteed until we receive your deposit.
  • Deposit: $150.00 Blizzard Members
    • $187.00 Non Members (fun fact: membership is $37 annually)
  • Pasyment Methods are as Follows –
    • Bring a check made out to “Colorado Blizzards” to a Blizzards meeting.
    • Mail funds to:
      • Colorado Blizzards
      • C/O Blaine Thingelstad 2536 W 108th Place
      • Westminster, CO 80234

TRAIL WORK: Gould, CO

Dianna and Bill R. and Mish and Doug C. volunteered to help the Walden Snow Snakes snowmobile club in Gould the weekend of September 26-27, 2015. They helped clear and mark trails that are maintained by the Snow Snakes. They had a great time helping and steaks and refreshments were provided by the Snow Snakes after the work party concluded. See some photos contributed by Doug below.

Meeting Reminder: December Meeting

This is just a reminder that our December meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 11th. We meet at Johnson’s Corner Truck Stop in Johnstown, CO. Dinner is at 6:00pm and the meeting is at 7:00pm.

On the agenda this month (Updated 12/9/13):

1. Membership applications
2. Christmas party
3. CSA raffle ticket update
4. Presidents day ride update
5. Details on the riding clinic with Amber Holt

BASED IN NORTHERN COLORADO FRONT RANGE