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    Berry Hill February 2017

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    Berry Hill February 2017

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    Tartan Rapids at Prosperous Lake

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News/Calendar

Polartech Members Night and Maintenance Sessions

Open to all GSSA Members Polartech will have items at discounted rates and will also have some break out sessions to review basic snowmobile maintenance items such as Belt Changes

Thursday February 15th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm 

Feb 3 – Trail Maintenance Work Party

We will proceed with the gravel haul on Saturday – Feb. 3, starting at 10AM and continue until finished – 2 to 4 pm depending on how many show up.

We will meet on the west shore of Km lake as shown on the attached sketch. I will have the Kubota there with a trailer. The more snowmobiles with toboggans the better but if you don’t have a toboggan we will need people with shovels and rakes to load the toboggans and the spread the gravel as well as shovel snow onto the trail to cover the gravel. Bring something warm to drink and eat, we may start a fire if not too windy.

This is a major trail that is used by significant number of snowmobilers and skiers and needs some work to make it more passable for all users.

The forecast if for -16 to -18 with winds of 18kph or 37kph depending on which forecast is correct. I suspect the morning will be cold but warm up during the day.

Any questions please contact me at 444-0165 or bruceh@sub-arctic.ca

Divas Snow Run (Ladies Only Ride)

The aim of the ride is to bring women snowmobile enthusiasts together of all riding abilities for a day of camaraderie.

The ride will be known as the “Divas Snow Run”

Date; Sunday, Feb 25, 2018

Time:  0930 meet at the City Dock return 1600-1630

Route: Reid Lake and Back

Once at Reid Lake we will have a fire, hot dogs, hot chocolate etc. We are looking for some volunteers to preposition out at Reid to have the fire going, hot dogs cooking and hot chocolate on etc. so if you’d prefer to drive out let the club know and we’ll hook you up with Jennifer.

Jennifer

Gear Stolen from Qimmiq Kennels

Hello Everyone

Sorry to bug everyone, we had three sets of Gang-lines (the ropes that connect sled dogs to the dog sled) stolen from our property at 158 Curry, which is located right across the street from the Kam Lake Access.

It’s a very odd thing to steal a $500 line off a $3000 dollar sled, even more odd if you don’t have a half-dozen huskies looking to pull a sled. Perhaps a rogue snowmobiler or 4×4 enthusiast got stuck near Kam Lake and “borrowed” them as a tow line. If anyone sees multi-colour ropes with loops, snaps and toggles please drop me an email, or text 867 444 0137 or drop off at Qimmiq Kennels. Some generic pictures attached. Ours were hand-made and very unique.

Incidentally, they wanted them badly as they were behind a chain link fence, not on display to borrow.

Thanks very much, Happy Trails.

Shane

World Snow Day

World Snow Day activities are taking place this Sunday in Yellowknife. GSSA will be hosting an open leisurely ride for all members and general public starting at 10 am on Sunday. Meet on Frame Lake by City Hall invite your friends and ride the trails around town with a little stop for a fire and hot chocolate. We will have you home by dark.

Members have started to groom the trails with the new snowfall, we are still looking for volunteers to help with grooming. If you are interested contact michael.arbuckle@hotmail.com

Not much to report on the trail conditions this week but here is what I have. Exposed rocks leaving Hay Lake headed toward Prosperous, also sticks and rocks showing in abnormal places due to low water levels. Ingraham Trail brush clearing has left some nasty stumps so be careful when riding within the highway’s corridor. The trail from the YK RIver to Walsh Lake is rutted bad from quad use; of course more snow needed.

If riding in town I’ve heard that a city sewage line burst in the Frame Lake South district. Exact location not known but I believe it’s on the trail behind Hordal, or maybe between Deh Cho Blvd and Kam Lake Road.

If you are out and about this weekend please drop us a line and let us know what you have experienced out there on the trails.

Happy Trails

Michael Arbuckle, President

January 15th Trail Report

Good evening snowmobilers,

 
The weather Gods have been harsh to us this year yet now we have sufficient  snow and mild temperatures for a rough ride.  Get out and enjoy it!
 
This Sunday is World Snow Day so we’re organising a ride open to all members and the general public.  This will be a slow ride around the town trails with a likely stop somewhere for a fire and some hot chocolate.  Join us 10am on Frame Lake by city hall.  We’ll have you home before dark.  
 
With the last snowfall and now some warmer temperatures we have started grooming trails around town.  If you are interested in helping out the club let me know at michael_arbuckle@hotmail.com.  Bruce and I will offer an orientation to the groomer this Saturday and then we’ll send out pairs of volunteers for a warm and relaxing evening on the trail.  We could use your help; whenever available.
 
Here’s a short CBC story I read about a NB trail groomer while I was on vacation.  Always nice to see volunteers getting some publicity. 
 
I have not heard much about trail conditions this past week but here’s what I have.  Exposed rocks leaving Hay Lake headed toward Prosperous, also sticks and rocks showing in abnormal places due to low water levels.  Ingraham Trail brush clearing has left some nasty stumps so be careful when riding within the highway’s corridor.  The trail from the YK RIver to Walsh Lake is rutted bad from quad use; of course more snow needed.  
 
If riding in town I’ve heard that a city sewage line burst in the Frame Lake South district.  Exact location not known but I believe it’s on the trail behind Hordal, or maybe between Deh Cho Blvd and Kam Lake Road.  If riding here you might not want to ride to close behind anyone.  That s&@% sticks to everything.  
 
Pass along what you’ve experienced and I’ll share it with the rest of the membership.
 
Happy Trails and hope to see you this weekend.
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael Arbuckle
GSSA President  

YK to Prelude Trail Report – December 24th

One of our members was out for a ride to Prelude and supplied us with the following trail report.

 

My son and I went for a spin up to Prelude on Thursday.

We originally planned doing the Hay Lake route but the portage leaving Hay Lake going to Prosperous had exposed rocks (need more snow).  We also noted a number of rocks sticking up through the ice on the south end of the lake that I never knew were there before.

We headed back to YK/Back Bay and headed up the portage at the top of the bay that crosses the highway and YK river and then on to Walsh.  There has been some brush clearing at the highway and the old trail that used to run adjacent to the highway is not really identifiable.  Lots of sharp sticks, brush and small logs to ride over right near the highway.  The portage from the highway to the YK river crossing was a bit rough but not bad considering we don’t have a lot of snow yet.

The  portage from YK River to Walsh Lake was nasty. Lots of fairly deep ruts from quads (I think). It appears that this portage was used to access Walsh Lake from the river. More snow might fill in the voids. If it doesn’t get any better I’m not sure they’ll want to use this route for the Frostbite 50 if they do it again this year. Rest of the trip was fairly uneventful.

Larger lakes have small drifts. Smaller lakes not so much. Portages still rough from not enough snow.

Dogsleds and Snowmobiles

Hi GSSA folks,

Just thought I should send a note about trails, snowmachines and dog teams.We’ve been running sled dogs in the Yellowknife area for over 30 years. Things have changed a lot in this time. There are many more people out on machines, the machines are bigger and faster. Our trails are narrow and twisty in places so you can’t always see or hear what’s coming. Also dog team travel is very quiet so people often aren’t aware of their approach until they are right there

Dog teams don’t have reverse or the ease of steering that a machine has. The front dogs are often 40 ft or more from their musher and a team is composed of many dogs that can react in different ways. Their ears are more sensitive than ours and they can be spooked by the noise. When encountering a team head on my advice is to pull off the trail as far as possible, shut your motor off and let the team pass. If you come up behind a team on a narrow trail it’s best to wait for the  musher to find a wide part of the trail or a pond or lake to stop  in to let you pass. There’s lines, harness and rope on a team and you might easily hook something trying to pass on a narrow trail.

If you are running a loose dog on a portage, leash or grab the dog and pull it off the trail so there’s no chance of a canine confrontation.

Some of the common trails that teams use are on Kam, Grace, Meg, Peg, Keg and out toward the Mink Ranch.  The Duck Lake , Mason and Jennejohn route, Bluefish and Quyta Lakes.  These are not the only ones used. I personally love to explore this land by dog sled might be on any trail.

Get out there, have fun, enjoy and respect this beautiful  country. 

See you on the trails.

Thank you very much. 

Terry Woolf

Trail Maintenance December 16

Our great volunteers and GSSA members were once again out spreading gravel to smooth out the airport fence trail today near Deh Cho Boulevard 

All the gravel for this trail maintenance was purchased using a grant from the City of Yellowknife

 

Burwash Point – Thin Ice

On December 14th a large group of twenty-two snowmobiles were passing through a narrows between an island and the shore near Burwash Point when a snowmobile in the middle of the group went through the ice on a path previously traveled by ten other sleds.

The water was shallow (four feet) and the operator was able to quickly get out of the water and the snowmobile was safely retrieved

Please be advised when traveling in this area 

  

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