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    Winter Riding in Corner Canyon

    I ride regularly in CC March-November. I'm considering buying a fat tire bike to ride during the Winter. I'm just trying to find out how often I would actually be able to ride the trails on north-facing slopes, particularly BST, Potato Hill, Anne's, Canyon Hollow and Upper Ghost Falls. How often is there enough snow on those trails to ride without damaging them? I'm also not a super strong or aggressive rider. Any ideas on how I would do on a fat tire bike in the snow up there?

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    This year not much snow.
    You can usually ride immediately after a storm if there is less than about 5" of new snow. More than that gets really hard to get through. Once the trails get packed it is easier going til it gets muddy or icy, stay off the mud.
    Fat bikes are not hard to ride, just a little bit more weight and rolling resistance but lots of fun. They would be fun on those trails even in the summer.

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    A buddy of mine rode there on Saturday, and said it was fine until about 2/3 up, then was a mudfest (which surprised me, I thought it would be drier).

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    I've been trying to ride this winter, as I live in Suncrest, just atop of the Canyon. Usually, the lower trails are pretty good. For some reason, the Rattler Trail is usually clear. However, Ann's Trail and other trails from Ghost Falls up have frequently been covered in ice. I tried to go down Canyon Hollow a few times but it was so icy on the upper parts, that I kept crashing. I guess the way the sunlight hits the trail keeps Rattler ice-free, but there isn't enough sun to keep the other trails ice-free. Also, there is a great deal of mud above Ghost Falls, which is really bad on your components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    I've been trying to ride this winter, as I live in Suncrest, just atop of the Canyon. Usually, the lower trails are pretty good. For some reason, the Rattler Trail is usually clear. However, Ann's Trail and other trails from Ghost Falls up have frequently been covered in ice. I tried to go down Canyon Hollow a few times but it was so icy on the upper parts, that I kept crashing. I guess the way the sunlight hits the trail keeps Rattler ice-free, but there isn't enough sun to keep the other trails ice-free. Also, there is a great deal of mud above Ghost Falls, which is really bad on your components.
    Anyone have a conditions update? Heat wave must be helping

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    almost everything is dry. trailforks is a good reference for trail conditions

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    I rode CC today, it's very good. There were a couple hundred yards of moist trail, but there was a 12" wide smooth and dry section through it, no problem.

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    Thanks for the reports and info. I will be out there in a couple of weeks skiing at Snowbird. With these low tide snow years I have found riding is also an option. Rode Round Valley last year......but would like to check out CC this year. Closer to LCC

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