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Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

<font color="red">GRAND MESA (WEST SIDE) - POWDERHORN TRAILS </font color>
Trail Groomer Contact: Ken Simpson, 800-551-6372
Updated By: Ken Simpson / Grand Mesa Lodge, 800-551-6372 on 11/23/04 - 07:21 PM
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This trail report is for the marked and groomed trails in the Western Area of the Grand Mesa. This report covers the area's around Mesa Lakes Lodge, The Lands End area, south to Grand Mesa Lodge, east to Electric Mountain Lodge, Dyke Creek and Steven's Gulch.


Trail Conditions Update Conditions (groomers only)
<font color="red"> Last snowfall of 11 inches on Nov 20-21. No new snowfall reported during the last 48 hours.</font color>
It's back!! There is plenty of snowmobiling by Thanksgiving this year and expect alot of outta state visitors!--- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas---<font color="red"> Do not ride over bumps as they may be big rocks. Most of the streams are open in spots.</font color> The west end of the Mesa has the best snow. There is less snow on the west end of Lands End. So far this season the West End of the Grand Mesa has received 87 inches of snow. The roads are covered with 2 to 3 feet of snow.--- <font color="red">The snow is here to stay for the rest of the season. Expecting more snowfall as early as Turkey day through the weekend.</font color> 35 feet or 420 inches is average for this area per year. We normally snowmobile till the month of May. --- We have numbered our trails as the system used on the interstate highway system. The numbers start at the Lands End Overlook as 0 and move east. The Sunlight to Powderhorn trail is called the SP Trail and connecting trails are numbered in relationship to the mileage from the overlook.--- We Groom as early in the week as possible, but after the last storm, before the weekend, if it has settled.

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Re: Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

<font color="red">GRAND MESA (WEST SIDE) - POWDERHORN TRAILS</font color>
Trail Groomer Contact: Ken Simpson, 800-551-6372
Updated By: Ken Simpson / Grand Mesa Lodge, 800-551-6372 on 11/26/04 - 07:08 AM
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This trail report is for the marked and groomed trails in the Western Area of the Grand Mesa. This report covers the area's around Mesa Lakes Lodge, The Lands End area, south to Grand Mesa Lodge, east to Electric Mountain Lodge, Dyke Creek and Steven's Gulch.


Trail Conditions Update Conditions (groomers only)
<font color="red">8 inches of snow were reported for the previous 24 hours on 11/26/04 at 7:08 AM.</font color>
It's back!! If snow falls on your vehicle or trailer, do not bush it off, take it with you.---

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Re: Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

Up on the Grand Mesa today and saw somewhere around 75 snowmobilers between the visitors center parking, Grand Mesa Lodge and parking area, parking area at Land's End road and Hwy 65. Expecting some more flakes to fall overnight! Long weekend has alot people up there riding! Let it snow!
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Re: Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

<font color="red">GRAND MESA (WEST SIDE) - POWDERHORN TRAILS </font color>
Trail Groomer Contact: Ken Simpson, 800-551-6372
Updated By: Ken Simpson / Grand Mesa Lodge, 800-551-6372 on 11/27/04 - 11:09 AM
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This trail report is for the marked and groomed trails in the Western Area of the Grand Mesa. This report covers the area's around Mesa Lakes Lodge, The Lands End area, south to Grand Mesa Lodge, east to Electric Mountain Lodge, Dyke Creek and Steven's Gulch.


Trail Conditions Update Conditions (groomers only)
<font color="red">19 inches of snow were reported for the previous 36 hours on 11/27/04 at 11:09 AM.[/h]
It's back!! If snow falls on your vehicle or trailer, do not bush it off, take it with you. We have enough!!---

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Re: Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

<font color="red">GRAND MESA (WEST SIDE) - POWDERHORN TRAILS</font color>
Trail Groomer Contact: Ken Simpson, 800-551-6372
[clor:red]Updated By: Ken Simpson / Grand Mesa Lodge, 800-551-6372 on 11/28/04 - 08:08 AM </font color>
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This trail report is for the marked and groomed trails in the Western Area of the Grand Mesa. This report covers the area's around Mesa Lakes Lodge, The Lands End area, south to Grand Mesa Lodge, east to Electric Mountain Lodge, Dyke Creek and Steven's Gulch.


Trail Conditions Update Conditions (groomers only)
<font color="red">43 inches of snow were reported for the previous 48 hours on 11/28/04 at 8:08 AM.</font color>
Hwy 65 is closed due to a snow slide between Mesa Lakes Lodge and Grand Mesa Lodge. They hope to have the Hwy open by the afternoon of November 29th. The forcast for the week of November 29th is clear and still - clear up to your arm pits and still snowing. If snow falls on your vehicle or trailer, do not bush it off, take it with you. We have enough!!--- There is less snow on the west end at Lands End. So far this season the West End of the Grand Mesa has received 130 inches of snow.

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Re: Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

<font color="red">GRAND MESA (WEST SIDE) - POWDERHORN TRAILS </font color>
Trail Groomer Contact: Ken Simpson, 800-551-6372
<font color="red">Updated By: Ken Simpson / Grand Mesa Lodge, 800-551-6372 on 12/6/04 - 11:11 AM </font color>
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This trail report is for the marked and groomed trails in the Western Area of the Grand Mesa. This report covers the area's around Mesa Lakes Lodge, The Lands End area, south to Grand Mesa Lodge, east to Electric Mountain Lodge, Dyke Creek and Steven's Gulch.


Trail Conditions Update Conditions (groomers only)
<font color="red">3 inches of snow were reported for the previous 24 hours on 12/6/04 at 11:11 AM. </font color>
Spelling and grammer are not required for these reports.--- Lodging is available at 3 lodges on the West end of the Mesa and at Electric Mtn. Lodge in the middle. Alexander Lake Lodge (1-866-525-2539)and Mesa Lakes Lodge (1-888-420-6372) has cabins and a resturant. Grand Mesa Lodge (1-800-551-6372) has cabins, motel rooms, a store and gas and is 3 miles from the resturant at Alexander by snowmobile or vehicle. Electric Mtn. Lodge has rooms and a resturant, but you MUST call about gas.
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Re: Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

GRAND MESA (WEST SIDE) - POWDERHORN TRAILS
Trail Groomer Contact: Ken Simpson, 800-551-6372
Updated By: Ken Simpson / Grand Mesa Lodge, 800-551-6372 on 12/8/04 - 07:54 AM
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This trail report is for the marked and groomed trails in the Western Area of the Grand Mesa. This report covers the area's around Mesa Lakes Lodge, The Lands End area, south to Grand Mesa Lodge, east to Electric Mountain Lodge, Dyke Creek and Steven's Gulch.


Trail Conditions Update Conditions (groomers only)
<font color="red">2 inches of snow were reported for the previous 24 hours on 12/8/04 at 7:54 AM. </font color>

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Re: Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

<font color="red">GRAND MESA (WEST SIDE) - POWDERHORN TRAILS</font>
Trail Groomer Contact: Ken Simpson, 800-551-6372
Updated By: Ken Simpson / Grand Mesa Lodge, 800-551-6372 on 12/30/04 - 06:24 AM
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This trail report is for the marked and groomed trails in the Western Area of the Grand Mesa. This report covers the area's around Mesa Lakes Lodge, The Lands End area, south to Grand Mesa Lodge, east to Electric Mountain Lodge, Dyke Creek and Steven's Gulch.


Trail Conditions Update Conditions (groomers only)
<font color="red">18 inches of snow were reported for the previous 24 hours on 12/30/04 at 6:24 AM. </font>
Highway 65 is closed due to a snow slide between Mesa Lakes and Grand Mesa Lodge. Mesa Lakes can be reached from the North and Grand Mesa Lodge can be reached from the South via Delta and Cedaredge............. Lodging is available at 3 lodges on the West end of the Mesa and at Electric Mtn. Lodge in the middle. Alexander Lake Lodge (1-866-525-2539)and Mesa Lakes Lodge (1-888-420-6372) has cabins and a resturant. Grand Mesa Lodge (1-800-551-6372) has cabins, motel rooms, a store and gas and is 3 miles from the resturant at Alexander by snowmobile or vehicle and 8 miles from Mesa Lakes. Electric Mtn. Lodge has rooms and a resturant, and gas. There is less snow on the west end at Lands End and on the East End at Electric Mountain Lodge.--- Watch out for open creeks and blow holes next to the trail.--- So far this season the West End of the Grand Mesa has received 160 inches of snow. Most of the area is covered with 3 to 4 feet of packed snow.--- The snow usually starts to stay around the middle of October. 35 feet or 420 inches is average for this area per year. We normally snowmobile from late November thru the month of May.
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Re: Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

<font color="red">GRAND MESA (WEST SIDE) - POWDERHORN TRAILS </font>
Trail Groomer Contact: Ken Simpson, 800-551-6372
Updated By: Ken Simpson / Grand Mesa Lodge, 800-551-6372 on 1/4/05 - 10:33 AM
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This trail report is for the marked and groomed trails in the Western Area of the Grand Mesa. This report covers the area's around Mesa Lakes Lodge, The Lands End area, south to Grand Mesa Lodge, east to Electric Mountain Lodge, Dyke Creek and Steven's Gulch.


Trail Conditions Update Conditions (groomers only)
<font color="red">4 inches of snow were reported for the previous 24 hours on 1/4/05 at 10:33 AM.</font>
I am not an avalance expert, I may not even spell it correctly, but there is a 12 inch layer of snow that is going to slide off the lower layers of snow with little or no help from you. Watch out for open creeks and blow holes next to the trail.--- So far this season the West End of the Grand Mesa has received 166 inches of snow. Most of the area is covered with 4 to 5 feet of packed snow.--- The snow usually starts to stay around the middle of October. 35 feet or 420 inches is average for this area per year. We normally snowmobile from late November thru the month of May. ---
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Re: Riding on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado!

GRAND MESA (WEST SIDE) - POWDERHORN TRAILS
Trail Groomer Contact: Ken Simpson, 800-551-6372
Updated By: Ken Simpson / Grand Mesa Lodge, 800-551-6372 on 2/27/05 - 04:51 PM
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This trail report is for the marked and groomed trails in the Western Area of the Grand Mesa. This report covers the area's around Mesa Lakes Lodge, The Lands End area, south to Grand Mesa Lodge, east to Electric Mountain Lodge, Dyke Creek and Steven's Gulch.

<font color="red">So far this season the West End of the Grand Mesa has received 313 inches of snow. That is over 26 feet.</font>

Trail Conditions Update Conditions (groomers only)
No new snowfall reported during the last 48 hours.
IMPORTANT NOTICES:
1. THERE ARE OVER 200 LAKES ON THE MESA. THERE ARE REMOTE CABINS FOR WATER CONTROL FOR THESE LAKES. THERE ARE TELEPHONE LINES THROUGH THE WOODS TO THESE CABINS THAT ARE NOW NECK HIGH AND VERY HARD TO SEE. LOOK FOR TELEPHONE POLES AND CROSS UNDER THE LINES AT THE POLES. TRY NOT TO LEAVE TRACKS INTO DANGEROUS AREAS THAT OTHERS MIGHT FOLLOW. TALK TO A LOCAL BEFORE RIDING.

2. TRAIL 13 ON THE LANDS END SIDE CUTS BETWEEN TWO CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREAS. STAY ON THE SNOWMOBILE TRAIL OR LOOSE THE ENTIRE LOOP.

3. STAY ON THE TRAIL AROUND LODGES AND CABINS TO AVOID PROPANE TANKS, WATER OUTLETS, POWER AND TELEPHONE LINES, AND BULLETS.

4. THE NEW SNOW IS ALREADY STARTING TO SLIDE ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE LODGE. I WOULD GUESS THAT THE AVALANCHE DANGER IS PRETTY HIGH.

Help make the trails last for the rest of us. There is 800 square miles of riding up here, so go off trail and race etc. Then you will have a nice trail to come home on at the end of the day.

YOU NEED TO REALISE THAT THE SNOW HERE IS SOFT. WHEN WE GROOM THE SNOW, THE TRAIL MUST HAVE A CHANCE TO "FREEZE IN" AFTER GROOMING. IF YOU WANT TO HELP US WITH TRAIL MAINTENANCE AND HAVE NICE TRAILS STAY OFF THE FRESHLY GROOMED TRAILS FOR ABOUT 10 HOURS OR OVER NIGHT, IF YOU CAN. IF YOU CAN'T RIDE SINGLE FILE ON THE EDGE OF THE TRAIL. ALSO, IF YOU AVOID DEACCELERATION AND ACCELERATION OVER BUMPS AND ON CORNERS AND JUST PRACTICE CONSTANT THROTLE ON THE TRAILS, THE TRAILS WILL HOLD UP MUCH LONGER. I HAVE TO TRAVEL 240 MILES TO GROOM 130 MILES OF TRAILS AT AN AVERAGE OF 6 MILES PER HOUR ON A LIMITED BUDGET, SO YOUR HELP IS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US. <font color="red}I caught someone brushing the snow off their truck and trailer the other day. Remember that any snow that falls on your stuff while you are here, you must take it with you, we dont have room for it. [/color">

We are definitly having a 4+ wire winter. For you city people that means that the snow is over the 4th or top wire of a 4 wire fence. Now if that wire is just under the snow it can come up over your snowmobile hood and cut your throat so slow way down and stand up when crossing a fence line.

Most grooming will have to be done during the day so we can see where we are going since many of the trail markers are covered. They may reappear as the snow settels.



<font color="red">The snow usually starts to stay around the middle of October. 35 feet or 420 inches is average for this area per year. We normally snowmobile from late November thru the month of May.</font>

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