Please reference this trail map when you head out to Spooner!
UPDATE (2/16/17) Key Points:
*Spooner will be groomed Saturday morning 2/18/17 after Friday nights snowfall – If you are there extremely early, please don't use the trail for two to three hours to allow the freshly groomed snow to set up properly.
We are getting closer to having the snowmobile (Sherpa) serviced. It needed bearings which will hopefully arrive next week. We thank Nevada State Parks for its efforts in getting the Sherpa fully functional. Until we get Sherpa working, we have no way to carry out daily clean ups of the divots and post holes in the trail caused by users not adhering to trail etiquette.
*Please respect trail etiquette: Snowshoers to one side of the trail, track is for classic skiers, the middle of the groomed trails are for skate skiers and classic skiers. If one person tears up the trail, it affects everybody's experience.
UPDATE (2/10/17) Key Points:
*Spooner will be groomed Saturday morning 2/11/17 after the snowstorm- Please don't use the trail until an hour after it is set.
*Please respect trail etiquette: Snowshoers to one side of the trail, track is for classic skiers, the middle of the groomed trails are for skate skiers and classic skiers. (We need everyone to follow this etiquette because we can't groom and maintain trails on a daily basis - if one person tears up the trail, it affects everybody's experience).
For More Details:
Matt from Sierra Snowcats Inc. will groom with his CAT tomorrow evening (Fri 2/10). If you are there in the evening, please do not use the trail until it has set up. It takes an hour or so for the snow in the trails to settle after the grooming.
The snowmobile (Sherpa) is in for service. We don't know if we will have the Sherpa this weekend. It is always important for snowshoes to stay to one side of our groomed trail. The center should be left for skate skiers. If there is a track, it is for classic skiing.
If the center or track get marred up by snowshoe divots or post holes, we can periodically clean it up with the Sherpa. Unfortunately, we may not have the Sherpa for a while. Thus, it is important that skier/snowshoer etiquette be followed to prolong the CAT grooming.
Should be a good weekend!
Important Action Item: Let NV State Parks know Spooner State Park needs a snowmobile.
Good Morning Nevada Nordic Enthusiasts!
We need your help to acquire a snowmobile with Nevada State Parks. Could you please send a letter by the end of this week to Janice Keillor, Park & Recreation Program Manager. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can mail the letter to:
Park & Recreation Program Manager, NV State Parks
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 5005
Carson City, NV 89701-5248
Feel free to draft your own language or use what's included below:
I am a member of the public who uses Nevada Nordic groomed trails at Spooner State Park and I am an enthusiastic supporter of Nevada Nordic initiatives. As part of its mission, Nevada Nordic works to bring groomed cross country skiing trails back to Northern Nevada. As collaborators with the Volunteers in Parks program, it initiated public cross country community ski trails at Spooner State Park last year, and will continue grooming this winter.
Because of the age of existing snow mobile (Sherpa) at Spooner, I understand its remaining useful life is limited. Further, as a utility machine, it is great for pulling a load on flat well packed snow. But, is unreliable when the snow is anything but hard-packed. At present, Nevada Nordic’s largest expense is for periodic CAT grooming to enable the Sherpa to groom in between storms.
A second snowmobile capable of maneuvering and packing a trail will reduce the need for the CAT and enhance the sustainability of the program.
I wholeheartedly recommend your approval for the purchase of second snowmobile to improve and prolong the cross-country ski trail program at Spooner State Park. The collaboration between Nevada Nordic and Spooner State park is good for the community and I would like to see it continue into the future.
Thank you for your consideration,
Grooming coming soon starting 2017
Please join us on November 30th to let IVGID know we want to build a XC ski lodge and multi-use venue on the Incline Meadows property along Mt Rose Highway. This is your chance to have your voice heard!
SPOONER LAKE, Nev. – For the first time in four years, Spooner Lake State park is home to a system of meandering cross-country ski trails that wind through dense forest, across an open meadow and along the banks of Spooner Lake.
Matt from Sierra Snowcat just finished patching and grooming 10 km of fresh trail this afternoon. We are not sure if we'll have classic track set by tomorrow morning, but early skate skiing should be great.
With the warm weather, we may only have 1 week left.
We have been really pleased to see the enthusiastic usage so far this year and we appreciate the donations and positive feedback.
SPOONER GROOMING UPDATE
With the warm weather, our coverage is starting to thin. Late in the day, the snow is wet. Tony Eng spent seven hours grooming yesterday, from the afternoon into the evening with the Sherpa and Ginzu.
Next CAT grooming is planned after this coming Thursday’s storm.
After grooming, it takes an hour or two for the trail to set up. We would appreciate it, especially in warmer periods, if skate skiers would wait and not skate on freshly groomed trails.
Because of the warm weather and melting snow on the trails at the southern part of the lake, we are exploring grooming up the North Canyon road to have access to snow at higher elevations.
Our trails are becoming more difficult to groom because of improper trail usage. We are getting hard-to-remove, deep post-hole pock marks in the trail.
· Do not walk on the trail in shoes or boots.
· If you have a dog, please keep the dog on a leash (required at Spooner) and off to the side of the groomed trails
· Snowshoers are welcome, but should stay to the far edge of the trail and be careful not to mar the center of the trail, for skate skiing, or the tracks set for classic skiing.
Grooming is expensive. With proper etiquette, all users can have a good winter Spooner experience.
Our next Cat grooming with the Bombardier will occur on Tuesday (Feb 2) morning.
Since the Bombardier does not have a track setter, we have to have a volunteer drive the Sherpa snow mobile after the Bombadier has finished to create a classic track. Hopefully, we will have a classic track set by Wednesday (Feb 3), and with some degree of confidence, certainly prior to the weekend.
We are pleased to announce that Incline Meadows XC is now a 501(c)3 non-profit as determined by the IRS. This means that all donations may be tax deductible pursuant to the provisions of section 170.c of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. 170.c.
We have begun grooming at Spooner State Park and the skiing is fantastic! If you use the trails and would like to leave a donation while you are at the park, you can place cash in an extra parking envelope, but be sure to label it as addressed to Incline Meadows XC.
Join us on November 6 for a reception and presentation about new winter trails.
Incline Meadows XC is stoked to groom our first trails THIS winter! We would love to see you out there or at our events this fall. Stay tuned for more information.