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From a guy who doesn't ride that area, where is "Kip"? (I'm a Kipling boy originally and I know you don't mean that, LOL).
 

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Just came back from Kelvington C trail...Its like after their derby..
Groomers are being serviced now so maybe sometime this week? But very little snow in the bush to work with.
 

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Thanks. Sounds like as long as a guy stays north and east of that Archerwill/Greenwater park area, there's enough snow on trails (even if only marked and not groomed) to do some riding. May have to make the extra drive past Kelvington and to straight to Greenwater.:bc:
if this happens u can ride anywhere from archerwill on, west, north, east, whatever and all trails in archerwill driftriders club should be groomed and a nice ride by weekend if forecast holds, also note trails right in greenwater park are always pounded out bad I avoid them period, but that being said I'm not riding trails too much anymore

Alerts for: Melfort - Tisdale - Nipawin - Carrot River

Warnings

3:30 PM CST Monday 08 January 2018
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • R.M. of Arborfield including Arborfield and Zenon Park
  • R.M. of Barrier Valley including Archerwill and McKague
  • R.M. of Bjorkdale including Greenwater Lake Prov. Park
  • R.M. of Connaught including Ridgedale and New Osgoode
  • R.M. of Flett's Springs including Beatty Ethelton and Pathlow
  • R.M. of Invergordon including Yellow Creek and Tarnopol
  • R.M. of Kinistino including Kinistino and James Smith Res.
  • R.M. of Lake Lenore including St. Brieux
  • R.M. of Moose Range including Carrot River and Tobin Lake
  • R.M. of Nipawin including Nipawin Aylsham and Pontrilas
  • R.M. of Pleasantdale including Naicam and Pleasantdale
  • R.M. of Star City including Melfort and Star City
  • R.M. of Three Lakes including Middle Lake and St Benedict
  • R.M. of Tisdale including Tisdale Eldersley and Sylvania
  • R.M. of Torch River including Choiceland and White Fox
  • R.M. of Willow Creek including Gronlid and Fairy Glen
Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.

Heavy snow will move into western Saskatchewan on Tuesday morning and spread eastwards into eastern Saskatchewan by Tuesday afternoon, and across central Manitoba on Tuesday evening.

Widespread snowfall totals of 10 to 15 cm are forecast with this storm. However, pockets of higher amounts in the 15 to 20 cm range will be possible depending on small, localized features that may develop within this storm.

As the snow comes to an end, very cold Arctic air will return to the region with gusty northwesterly winds, sending daytime highs back into the -20s and overnight lows to near or below -30C. Some regions may even see the return of extreme cold warnings on Wednesday night.
 

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I don't see Rose Valley on the list.LOL..
Guess we will be in the 2 to 4 cm list..
Oh well hope Archerwill and North have Blocked Highways!!!
 

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Just a skiff of snow last night..Today high winds..all gone..
Did anyone get a good dump of snow???
 

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Check out SSA Interactive Map..Shows which trails are groomed and when with color code. GPS..no more B.S. about trails groomed..
Just to let everyone know the new interactive map has some glitches, ie; trail groomed sometimes multiple times but showing closed on map so, if your planning a trip and your not sure of the trail condition, use the tried and true method, call the club rep, nothing better than talking to someone in person.
 

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Yup, we can follow our groomer live on the Atlastrax gps app but seems to have some sort of communication issues with the mapping app for just portions of the trails.
 

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Yea, we can track our groomer live on the Atlastrx app but it does not seem to be communicating properly with the map app as we are seeing some portions of some tails missing current data
 

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Put 85 miles on at Norquay today. North is decent up to the tree line after the first shack but once into the trees on the way to Boiler Junction its shitty. Pounded out with quad ruts. Went south to Snow Palace and the field trails were good. Definitely going back.
 

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Just heard from the Norquay club. The trail that heads south to the Ice Palace shack runs across Native reserve land and the band just contacted the club. They are booting the club off their land unless the club pays them for crossing it. They say the agreement would be pretty one-sided.

So farmers are nice enough to allow trails to cross their land, but the natives think they should be paid to do the same. It's their opinion and their land, so they can do what they want. I know it sure won't create any good relations with the community.

I emailed them asking about the trail heading west to Stenen, Sturgis and over to Preeceville to see if any of it is affected. If not, that will be our route from now on up there as the north route is very beat up with quad ruts between the Valley Inn shack and Boiler Junction. It's too bad because it has some very beautiful trails on the north route.
 

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Cant start paying anyone for crossing land or this with snow ball into a ugly mess..
Everyone will want dollars..Then the system is dead..
To bad that is a fun trail south to the palace..
 

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That’s not good for our clubs, can’t help but wonder if some incident didn’t bring this on?
We’ve lost access to private land from time to time that has usually resulted from sledders upsetting landowner for one reason or another. If not, many clubs could be faced with major changes to trail routing costing more $ that are already scarce.
 

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When we fueled up to drive home, we mentioned that we never met any sleds on the trails that day. We asked if that was normal. She said the trails are usually pretty quiet as most locals just play in the fields. The trail is well kept, Palace is always clean. I doubt there was an incidence. They are most likely following a Band in Manitoba (can't remember where, just heard about it) who did the same thing and was able to grab some cash from the local club. Bad situation that could get out of hand if paying for land access becomes a norm.
 

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This situation is not what any club needs or wants. Never been there, but guessing that the first nation doesn't have any revenue coming from the traffic (i.e. hotels, restaurants, gas). Since news like this will travel fast, the best thing for the club is to move the trail off first nation land or delete the trail. Looks like you can get to the palace shelter already? If they start paying them off, then others will also be looking for easy money.
 

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Just heard back from the club and he said they are busy re-routing the trail heading south to the Sno Palace shelter. That is great news that they aren't going to pay for access. It's a lot of work to do at this point in the season though. Going to definitely donate some cash to the club next time we are out there (hopefully in 2 or 3 weeks).
 
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