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  1. #1
    Builder of Trails
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    Feb 2004

    Snow Plowing Trails

    Up here in southern WI, we had a snowy winter that lingered into April. Hoping to encourage snow melt and help the trails dry more quickly, I plowed a 1.5 mile beginner trail with my SK-650 and 6-way blade. The snow melted all over, but I still have some snow lining the trail in places...the snow I plowed to the side. I'm not sure plowing helped, but it gave me something to do a couple of weeks ago while allowing me to find the downed trees. Now if it would just stop raining......

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    Aug 2003
    I have thought of having a crew shovel snowbanks off the trail in certain spots so it drys faster in the spring. I try to avoid spots where the sun don't shine when flagging in a new tread, those sheltered snowbanks take forever to melt. Many times it's just a matter of going around the other side of something.
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    June 2011, Mt. Washington Bike Park. I applied for a job on the trail crew that year. Thank goodness I didn't get it.

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  4. #4
    mtbr member
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    Mar 2012
    It's still snowing, and with snow around the trails (In WI) they will not dry out anyhow. I've ridden Mammoth Mtn in the summer with walls of snow lining the trails - they don't have the soil type we have in WI, so the moisture actually helps them. I'd day let the trails dry as they will eventually. Until then throw down on the gravel! We'll be ripping before you know it - I hope!

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