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    I feel your pain northern Utah

    Yikes two snow storms in STG in one week is a major set back. Don't know how you guys do it. Guess just head up the canyon for some pow. Crazy weather lately. Paradise and church rocks were mushy even after 3 solid days of sun. Looks like no ridding for at least a week on the non clay trails. Hurricane never had the snow melt from last week

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    Kathi M and I took a drive yesterday to CR, Paradise and Cove Wash (with the bikes in the van just in case) to see when we might be able to ride. Ankle deep mud at Washington end of CR, Paradise was too soft and had already been rutted. Saw a couple of folks headed up Barrel Roll just as we pulled in and got a bit excited but then saw they were cutting inch deep ruts right past the Kiosk. Some more folks were unloading bikes to ride and did not appreciate me mentioning it was still too soft. Not being able to ride sucks but so does mucking up the trails. After last nights snow doesn't look like we will get to ride much before we head back to Alaska mid month to get ready for our race on the Iditarod Trail and gotta hope it gets out of the 40's there so we can at least ride the snow and ice. Pretty screwed up when its colder in St George than in Alaska but I guess it is what it is.
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    What really sucks is when you come south to get out of the mess and still can't ride. I hauled my bike down from Ely for the New Year's weekend hoping I'd get a little riding in and it just wasn't to be.

    Oh well. There's always MLK weekend coming up.

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    Pain?

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    Hating half the year, every year, seems like a bummer way to live. I give the guys in places like Detroit some slack, but Utards have no excuse.
    Heard that the snow in the La Sals is amazing right now. Strap on that beacon and git some. Being a sad panda isn't very studly.

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    pain?



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    Real winter

    Agreed no pain when the winter is real
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    Agreed no pain when the winter is real
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill M
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    Just as long as it drys up in feb i'll be happy!!
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    It's not so bad, you just have to know where to look....

    My wife and I snuck out for a quick lap on this lesser known ride today; can anybody guess what trail this is, and no, we didn't do any damage to the trail
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    City creek. I like that trail just haven't rode it in awhile

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    looks wet to me

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    Why would you ride bikes in Dec/Jan/Feb in Utah? I just don't get it.

    It's like complaining that the snorkeling isn't good on the north shore of Oahu in winter. Or that the rock climbing sucks in Ouray in January. I mean seriously WTF. This is one of the best ski/snowboard places on the planet, and you're complaining about winter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summit
    Why would you ride bikes in Dec/Jan/Feb in Utah? I just don't get it.

    It's like complaining that the snorkeling isn't good on the north shore of Oahu in winter. Or that the rock climbing sucks in Ouray in January. I mean seriously WTF. This is one of the best ski/snowboard places on the planet, and you're complaining about winter?

    Not really complaining about winter. It hardly ever snows in St. George let alone stays around for more then one day. Thats why i enjoy living down here. I get to bike year round and be an hour away from descent skiing. I don't shrug when winter comes. Im actually super stoked about all the fresh snow at brian head, but since there has been snow on the ground I feel what most people feel like up north when they can't ride due to snow and mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summit
    Why would you ride bikes in Dec/Jan/Feb in Utah? I just don't get it.

    It's like complaining that the snorkeling isn't good on the north shore of Oahu in winter. Or that the rock climbing sucks in Ouray in January. I mean seriously WTF. This is one of the best ski/snowboard places on the planet, and you're complaining about winter?
    Look at it like this, nobody moves to So Utah for the great Skiiing. We live here so we can ride year round and when mother nature screws with our plans for a few weeks it's a little irritating. It's not painful, just irritating..... sort of like your comment.

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    I moved to Salt Lake for the seasons and the great snow. I like my St. George to remain balmy all winter.

    So get to balmy-ing you damned slackers! I better not find ANY dampness on my next visit.

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    Can't afford to ski...biking is cheaper

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    Vigilante wanted.....

    Do any of you have enough spare time to hang out at some the trail heads armed with a bad attitude and a big stick? This is what can be found at about every trail in Southern Utah I'd guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalayon
    Can't afford to ski...biking is cheaper
    Ski/ snowboarding can be done on the cheap. For less than a grand you can get a season pass and have money left over for gear that will last you many years if you take care of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    Don't know how you guys do it. Guess just head up the canyon for some pow.
    I know this is a bike forum; but, believe me... It's actually hard to miss biking when the winters are as good as this one has been.

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    It only hurts when we don't get any fresh for weeks at a time. Thankfully we can head south to visit you folks during those times. Lately has not been one of those times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasea04
    Do any of you have enough spare time to hang out at some the trail heads armed with a bad attitude and a big stick? This is what can be found at about every trail in Southern Utah I'd guess

    F**K!! no good at all, lameness!
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    I think it's the riding around mud bogs and widening the trails is what's the problem. Ruts tend to disappear once things dry out. I personally don't like to muck up my bikes with deep mud and just won't ride in it.

    I checked out a really rutted area on a local trail a few years ago in early Spring. From super deep ruts to smooth singletrack after a few months of dry weather. Like the trail repaired itself.
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    it's all about the strata.....

    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    I think it's the riding around mud bogs and widening the trails is what's the problem. Ruts tend to disappear once things dry out. I personally don't like to muck up my bikes with deep mud and just won't ride in it.

    I checked out a really rutted area on a local trail a few years ago in early Spring. From super deep ruts to smooth singletrack after a few months of dry weather. Like the trail repaired itself.
    Some trails repair themselves, I agree, but the blue clay we've got down here is basically wet cement when it's saturated.....the ruts basically NEVER go away.
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    Road Paradise Canyon yesturday and it is kind of messy but improving, actually looked better then I thought it would. Yes there are a few rutted areas but to be honet that trail isn't really a smooth single track trail ever. It doesn't look like it saw a ton of horse traffic which is usually what kills that trail, the ruts from bikes and hikers do disappear after a few months, but hoove prints seem to last forever. The most concerning part to me is that it's obvious that a lot of bikers started cutting off the trails and trail blazing, also a lot of the work the blm/desert reserve people recently did closing off "unofficial" trails was undone. I may not agree with them closing some of the trails but dismantling the work they did will only cause us problems, lets stay on the trail everyone it's pretty well marked now.

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