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Volunteers key to keeping cross country trails groomed

Tonya Bina
Fraser, Colorado

The Headwaters Trails Alliance has launched a volunteer program to make local trails more accessible in the wintertime.

Thanks to a grooming tool donated by Dave Zink of Tidd Tech Machinery, Tabernash, and a host of volunteers with snowmobiles, several Headwaters trails are now maintained and groomed with cross-country ski grooves to boot.

Headwaters Trails Executive Director Lucinda Elicker said the push for a volunteer

program took a year of arranging volunteer insurance and agreements with Grand County, and the towns of Winter Park and Fraser.

Volunteers take to grooming when they are able, Elicker said. Since there is no set schedule, trail users can expect to see a snowmobiling groomer on the trail at any time.

Yet only snowmobilers who are grooming volunteers are allowed on the trail, Elicker stressed. Trials otherwise are still considered non-motorized; other snowmobilers are forbidden.

“Be aware, grooming can happen anytime,” Elicker said.

Volunteers who have stepped up to the task are mostly through the Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails. Some groom and others scoop snow berms leftover from county road and bridge grooming where trails pass over county roads.

Among volunteers are: Greg Foley of Trail Blazers; Don Neumann of Grand Adventures (which loaned a snowmobile); Andy Miller; the Rau family of Diana Lynn, Tim and Charlie; Bill Bussey and Jay Conroy of Conroy Excavating.

The trails, which have never before been groomed, allow for shared uses such as running, walking dogs, skate skiing as well as classic cross-country skiing.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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