TRAIL REPORT-December 1
Watch for thin ice; keep eye on speedometer
Chance of flurries. I keep reading this from the weather forecast at Environment Canada and for once pray they are wrong. Most of our smaller lakes have sufficient ice for snowmobiling so now we need a record dump of snow – not just flurries – to improve the trail conditions. Despite the lack of snow your Great Slave Snowmobile Association has been busy.
Ice testing for the city has finished and results are available on the City’s website (see “resources” tab). The Frame Lake walking trail has been constructed for the season. We’ve been moving gravel to improve some city trails making it easier to groom.
Trail maintenance will continue throughout the season, so watch for us. We will begin grooming the trails within city limits as soon as snow conditions improve. For those new to snowmobiling in this area there are speed limits within the municipal boundaries.
The speed limit is 30 km/h within the built up area and generally speaking is within the area of Highway 3 and the Yellowknife Access Highway, west to the Highway 3 and Old airport Road, south along Old Airport Road and also along the east boundary of the airport to Kam Lake Industrial area, the Industrial area to the west shore of Kam Lake, east to the south side of Con Mine to Great Slave Lake, north to the north end of Latham Island including Mosher and Joliffe Islands, then west to the north end of Fault Lake and along the west side of Giant Road to the Highway 3 – Yellowknife Access Highway intersection.
The area outside the built up area, but within the city limits is 70 km/h. Therefore the speed limit on Kam Lake and Long Lake is 70 km/h as is the west half of Yellowknife Bay and the north portion of Back Bay.
Snowmobiles are prohibited on the roads within the downtown business district, parks and playgrounds, the cemetery, nature preserves and ball diamonds as well as the greens at the golf course.
Trail reports are provided by snowmobilers. The trail from Ingraham to Walsh Lake is open, as is Walsh to Prosperous.
Ice is strong at the southern reaches of Walsh. Please be aware the water levels are low, so watch out for rocks and stumps in areas you may not expect.
For more tips on snowmobiling the association’s Trailriders website or visit our Facebook page. It is best not to travel alone. When travelling in a group, spread out to avoid collisions, on the trails and on the lakes. And most important, keep praying for more snow.
The trail report is published weekly in the Weekender. If you have any information regarding trail conditions please send them to m[email protected] for inclusion in the weekly article.