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We took the PistenBully up to the top of Pelican Butte (elevation 8036 ft) to open up the trail. The area had a pretty good snow the night before, and the trail was very wind-blown. There is a LOT of snow up there! It's definitely cold at the top!!

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That is a fire tower, unused as that for a few years, but still used as a platform for communications gear.

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This is the trail going up, there are a whole bunch of switchbacks as the trail goes higher. These trees must be REALLY stout to withstand the snow load that occurs every year!

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The wind drifts into the trail almost weekly, which makes it impassable to most riders after a wind event. We get up there to make it flat and safe again! It's slow going, but kind of fun to push all that snow around!

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We have been having a TON of large trees blow down. This white fir was diagonally across the trail, and was about 30" in diameter. It was a bit of a challenge to get it up and out of the trail, especially since the saw has a 28" bar! But because it fell on top of a foot of snow, the chance of hitting the ground was zero. That part is good :D
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Success! Now to fill in the divot and make the trail smooth again :)

Just another day in the groomer! 11 hours in the cat doing 50 miles.
 

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Unfortunately, it's mostly white fir that is way past it's prime. Most of the big logs we have been dealing with will just end up at the side of the road until they decay into the ground. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, so to speak ;)
 
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