Report on Track set Trails Maintenance
High Branch Pruning & Brushing:
“Powered by LHNS Volunteers”, work continued for a seventh season in October and early November 2018. 3.3 kilometers of track set trail on five South Hub area trails were high branch pruned to ~9M high. Trail side small conifers and deciduous were also removed. Cuttings were scattered into the forest beside the trail. Sight lines on blind corners were improved for skier safety. One danger tree was felled for firewood on Ermine Wiggle. On 10 days after the morning trail work was done we helped cut and stack mill slab ends and split wood rounds.
About 4K of track set trails in the Cec’s Cabin area at 1200M elevation are left to treat in 2019. A total of 30K of trails has been treated since 2012. More details on the LHNS website here. 2018 HBP & B Trail Work Volunteers: Ed Bouma, Jim Cadden, Dave Evensen, Joyce Johnson, Bent Kristensen, Craig McBride, Chris McMahen, Doug Noakes, Kerry & Leona Orchard, Pat Smith, George Zorn, LHNS Ski Team Peewees & Bantams and Parents & Coaches.
Larch Hills Jr. Racing Team – Midgets, parents and coaches clear pruned branches and stems off Ermine Frolic Loop – Oct. 28, 2017 “Take Back the Hills”
Baby Moonwalk Hill Umbrella Tree Removal Pilot Project:
On Larch Hills track set trail hill sections, large crowned “umbrella trees” near to the track set trails drop “snow bombs” or drip melt water on to the tracks. Freezing temperatures make these sections of track challenging for skiers coming fast down the hills. The Club’s Silky extendable pruning pole saws can reach overhanging tree branches up to about 9M. To improve skier safety on track set trail hill sections the LHNS Trail Planning Committee has initiated an Umbrella Tree removal pilot project to selectively remove these trees on Baby Moonwalk and upper East Dales. Work is planned for 2019. Logs will be sold. Some will be firewood processed. Learning from this project, we’ll consider Umbrella Tree removal on other Larch Hills track set trail hill sections.
Forest Service RAP Crew (June 2016) Sky Trail hill sections Umbrella Tree removal. Branches piled, logs cut to firewood length to heat Chalet.
Offset Mower Deciduous Whips Cutting along Track set Trails
Plans are forming to have trail-side deciduous whips cut by Brad Digness using his John Deere tractor with an offset mower on selected sections of track set trails early this coming summer. Brad did some work for LHNS in the fall of 2017. Some small jobs have been done using the Club’s brush saw. Brush cutting timed soon after leaf-out is most effective.
Thanks to CSRD and its GIS Department for assistance with preparation of the November 2018 updated Ski Trails and Snowshoe Trails maps here.
Thanks in particular to GIS Technician, Suzanne Fordyce!
Brad Digness’ Tractor with Mower used to cut deciduous whips along track set ski trails