Hardcore Sledder banner

1 - 20 of 21 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Well today was our first ride up on the Snowy Range for the year. Hopefully I can give updates as I ride and feel free to put your two cents in on the conditions when you ride.

The snow is plentiful but there is no base to it. You have to be extremely careful of small trees, rocks and stumps. Some of the creeks were still deep drop offs and some of the lakes are not solidly frozen. I am sure they are safe but they do have slushy tops. The snow on the back side is easily 4ft deep and more in some spots.

The trails are in their infancey for the season and were in good condition. The highway was very rough though. Grooming has been to a minimum but has been done.

The warming hut has yet to be pulled in and some of the less ridden trails are not marked with the orange markers yet. This was a problem today as the wind made it hard to see when you were in the open.

So if we can get this snow to settle and get new snow it won't be long before the riding is up to snowy range standards.

The proposed new parking lot at Green Rock was not built this year and Maverick Motorsports seems to be renting sleds this year at the lodge. I don't know if it is all the time or just some times. I talked to Dave, snowy range lodge owner, and he had a few sleds he was renting out as well. If you havn't seen their webpage yet, they did get a webcam this year and try to update the conditions at the lodge on a weekly basis as well. It can be found here: http://www.snowymountainlodge.com/
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
251 Posts
Thanks
I watch your links and updates daily. Do you know if the groomer is grooming from albany yet? 6 days and I will be there. 650 mile pull though.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
I havn't been up in two weeks. Hopefully I can get out on this upcoming long weekend.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Well woke up early this morning to head to the mountain and I am not going to go. The wind is howling 29mph here in Laramie. So probably well above 50mph on the range. I am not going to waste my time pulling up there just to be miserable.

Man I need to find some time to ride. Today was the day and look what mother nature throws at me. Sorry.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
This Wyoming weather is getting a little rediculous. Weekdays are nice for the most part and then saturday rolls around and 60-70mph winds today. I don't think I want to be on the mountain in that.

One of these days I will have a day off that is nice and get to go.
I appoligize for anyone hanging on my reports as I wish I could go riding as bad as you want to see post and pics.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,412 Posts
This Wyoming weather is getting a little rediculous. Weekdays are nice for the most part and then saturday rolls around and 60-70mph winds today. I don't think I want to be on the mountain in that.

One of these days I will have a day off that is nice and get to go.
I appoligize for anyone hanging on my reports as I wish I could go riding as bad as you want to see post and pics.[/b]
Talked to a gal at the rendevus lodge yesterday and was told that you guys were supposed to get 3-4 feet of new snow is this correct?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
Look three posts up. I posted a link that updates itself for the Snowy Range forcast. Looks good right now.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
1/12/08

Well I finally made it up on the mountain. We unloaded at Albany lodge and rode some fields there instead of heading up on the Range. The snow is incredibly deep. There was about 2-3ft of fresh powder today in some places. Everyone on short tracks did alot of digging today. It was incredible on a mountain sled though. Even they had problems at times. Getting them above the snow was impossible. It was hard to see almost all the time as the front of the sleds were plowing through it. The pictures aren't great but check them out. The snow on the centenial side is always deeper so if we had snow like this today then it is insane on the other side.

Great snow but leave your flantlander sled at home if you are coming out before it gets a chance to settle.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
1/20/08

Well today was a nice Sunday ride. We unloaded at WyColo and rode over to Cinabar Park. The grooming from Wycolo to Rob Roy was incredible. After getting over by Rob Roy they continued to decline and become very bumpy. The snow from last week sure had settled. Not quite as deep but there is still plenty of snow and was more enjoyable to ride. Fresh powder sitting on top was about 8-12".
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
2/16/08

Rode snowy range today. The weather started off beautiful but a storm moved in and visibility diminished drastically. There is plenty of snow but lately we had some warm temperatures and again has turned cold. Snow was incredibly hard today. Soft in the trees though.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
3/1/08

The east side of the mountain has definitely been hurt by the warm weather. Snow totals are down but still no riding in the mud yet. The backside was better than expected. Plenty of snow and more on the way. Maybe this warm week is finally over.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
My post just above yours was from today (3/1) The east side is definitely low on snow but still plenty on the backside. We actually rode untouched powder on the backside even though it was only about 4 inches deep on top of the base. Our of 4 of us, no one hit anything so that tells you the base is still good. This last week we had temps up on the mountain pushing 40 degrees so riding in the morning was the key and get off the mountain by 2 or so when it became quite slushy. I personally was impressed with how the snow held up to the temps. More on the way so by the time you get here you may be plesently suprised.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
516 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
Sorry about the updates this year. Kind of slacking but went up on the hill today. HOLY SHIT, there is a bunch of new snow. Didn't take the camera unfortunately but there was endless untouched powder for miles. As much as 4' in places of fresh. There are things up there that I have not seen covered ever and they are under the snow. Grooming ended April 1st so the trails are kind of taking a beating but it is well worth it. Not one mountain sled we had up there did not get stuck. Good times.

Some old timers are wondering if we will be able to ride in June!!!!!!!
 
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top