…and first time visitors to the new Thunderbolt Ski Runners website.
The first of our 2016 Thunderbolt Ski Runners Trail Days that took place on Sunday October 23rd was a huge success!
I wanted to send out a hearty thank you to the two dozen volunteers who made up the work force on our October 23rd Trail Day. People and equipment were ferried up in cars and pick up trucks encountering wintery conditions on the auto road.The “Summit Down Crew” encountered 6-8 inches of snow and a temperature of 31 degrees which meant it was a wee bit colder with the wind blowing up there. From down below the “Base Up Crew” hauled our equipment up to and began clearing the underbrush from the Finish Line up through The Bumps which had a dusting of wet snow.
As a result of the year long drought conditions and our annual fall clearing, the steeps on the Big Schuss did not require our attention. From there the snow cover went from a dusting to about two inches around the Needle’s Eye and maybe three inches of wet snow on The Steps where we met up with the “Summit Down Crew.” Together we cleared the nasty hobble bush in the gentle glade on skier’s left after the Needle’s Eye. At the same time, Dave Birrell and Chris Busch worked together to remove blowdowns from Whitetail and The Bumps.
After taking a break at the bridge both crews worked together to clear all of the goldenrod from the new trail called the North Slope which was part of the 1970’s era Greylock Glen Ski Area that was never completed (see attached map & B&W photo). In addition to the work done on October 23, Dave Childs, Dave Birrell and Heather Linscott worked together to last week to mow the meadow through which the Bucket Trail passes. A big shout out of thanks to Sean Loomis for loaning the club five gas powered weed whackers which our volunteers put to good use.
Because of volunteer efforts on October 23rd, the Trail Day this weekend, Sunday November 6th will focus on upwards of 8-10 blowdowns on the Bellow’s Pipe and David’s Pass.