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  • #818384

    Canadmos
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    I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet.

    Today might be a good day, we got dumped on with snow…

    #818396

    Durham Rider
    Participant

    The DMBA now has permission to use a mechanical groomer in Durham Forest. We have been given the OK to groom 15 km of trail with the groomer. Basically most trails north of the Huston Road right of way.

    The rest of the single track will probably still get done the old fashioned way, snow shoeing while pulling tires.

    Conditions are very good right now.


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    #818398

    Durham Rider
    Participant

    @canadmos, I have a set of the Altai Hok skis as well and I like them a lot. They will go up hills that you wouldn’t think they could. I find the in really deep snow they give you more float than snow shoes which is why my snow shoes don’t see a lot of action since buying these. Enjoy them and lets hope the snow stays this year and we get lots of it.

    #818428

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Both Durham and Turkey Point are now offering groomed fatbike trails. These are a shorter loop at either location but the entire system is great at both locations, on and off the groomed path.

    DMBA’s new groomer (ohoto courtousy @durham-rider)

    Lots of work goes into this so if you enjoy these trails please consider supporting them.

    Happy trails!

    #818430

    soban
    Participant

    Both Durham and Turkey Point are now offering groomed fatbike trails. These are a shorter loop at either location but the entire system is great at both locations, on and off the groomed path.

    DMBA’s new groomer (ohoto courtousy @durham-rider)

    Lots of work goes into this so if you enjoy these trails please consider supporting them.

    Happy trails!

    Just like to add: As per the official announcement, the LSRCA has set a minimum tire size requirement of 3.8 inches for the Durham groomed trails.

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    #818438

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Dropped into the AF yesterday afternoon. Conditions were primo. Snow today and rain Thursday, so get in while you can. Same applies for most networks in the region as this wether cycle will affect most of them.

    #818440

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Just to add clarity to posts above regarding the DMBA’s position on tire size used on their groomed trails.

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    An open letter to everyone who enjoys the Durham Forest in winter

    Hello everyone,

    Over the last few days there has been a lot of concern shared over the Durham Mountain Biking Association’s (DMBA) mechanized grooming of the Durham Forest, and the guidelines published about the use of these trails. My purpose in this message is to share with you the backstory that brought us to today, DMBA’s goals, and most importantly, to dispel the misinformation and concern many have expressed around this effort.

    Four seasons ago, DMBA volunteer trail groomers began to groom the single track in Durham Forest. The great improvement in winter trails and the publicity surrounding this has propelled explosive growth in the popularity in winter riding. These very dedicated volunteers dragged two or three car tires from a body harness while on snowshoes, accompanied by more volunteers on snowshoes. What a great cross-fit program! Last season the DMBA purchased the Snow Dog, a mechanized trail groomer, and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and DMBA formed an agreement to allow the DMBA to groom selected trails in the Forest this winter.

    A couple of the most important principles in the agreement with the the LSRCA were an emphasis on these being shared-use trails, open to all – skiers, walkers, snowshoers, cyclists, everyone. Also agreed to and defined in the agreement was signage that presented guidelines for use of groomed trails. Yes, the DMBA has invested a lot of time, sweat, and money, in grooming these trails, and we care deeply about keeping them in top condition. In preparation for the agreement, research was done, by both the DMBA and the LSRCA, into best practices in other locations in North America where winter riding is popular. Also consulted was the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) about recommended guidelines for riding winter trails. It turns out that many locations do stipulate tire size and recommended pressure, in the interest of preserving the groomed trail. In the case of the Durham Forest, it is important to understand that the 3.8” tire size is a LSRCA requirement. DMBA’s focus is on grooming the trails and we will not be taking the role of policing what people are riding on these trails. Our interest lies with maintaining the trails and ensuring a great experience for anyone using them. This is good point to mention also that the volunteers doing the grooming are out there in the cold, dark night working on the trails as our agreement calls for grooming to only happen between 7:00 and 11:00 pm. How about that for dedication!

    The purpose of the DMBA’s recent communication about winter grooming, to members through email, on our website, Facebook, and the signs posted in the Forest, is simply to ask riders, if they can, to help us preserve the trails for everyone’s enjoyment. The DMBA is not attempting to restrict anyone’s access and our sole focus is to provide great trails for all to enjoy. If you are a cyclist, please respect the LSRCA’s tire size request, be cautious of changing trail conditions when riding can result in damage to the trails, and remember to leave no trace.

    Thank you all for your support of the Durham Mountain Biking Association. The lively conversation on this topic is testimony to how much we all care about the Forest. Now let’s get out there and enjoy it.

    See you on the trails!

    Dan Little
    President – Durham Mountain Biking Association

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    #818446

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Made my way to Durham this morning for a quick spin. I got out early and it was well below freezing still. Was pretty tough going but lots of fun to be had. Likely wont be good again until after the weekend once things firm up again. Lots of mixed reviews by other riders on the new grooming in the parking lot after the ride.




    #818456

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    PSA asking to please stay off the trails while slushy. Networks that groom in particlulqr. Won’t be long before it’s solid once more.

    #818526

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Fresh tracks in the AF this morning. Conditions are mint.

    #818532

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Board of Education/Sports Complex trails in Barrie/Midhurst are running good. There are definitely some chunky spots from hikers, though. Oh and copious amounts of dog poo.

    Buddy yesterday also said that the groomed trails at Horseshoe in Copeland are pretty good at the moment, too. I know a few weeks ago, there were some guys deep in Copeland trying to pack some of the descents down. Not sure if it worked out, but the “Copeland DH” trail is definitely a write off. There was one set of deep snow shoe tracks going down the trail, which happens to be the perfect size for your front wheel to sink into. I lost count of how many times my buddies endo’d over the bars. haha.

    I also farted around the Rogers Reservoir path/trails in Holland Landing the other night and was surprised with how good it was. Not much distance or anything technical, but fun ride nonetheless and would be perfect for families to get out there. Lots of fat bike tracks in the old Boy Scout land, if you know the area.

    Coulson Hill has a regular group of bikers going out. The trails get pretty packed down in there. Just watch out for the ice in some sections…

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    #818533

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Thanks. Great info. I’ll be sure to drop in to Coulson and Copeland next time I’m rolling north.

    #818558

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Has anyone been to or heard from anyone who has visited the Simcoe County groomed trails? Wondering if they are icy.

    From my hike through Coulson the other day, where I found lots of standing water and slush, its most likely a skating rink out there now. I am guessing Jefferson Forest is much the same. 🙁

    #818566

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Havent been in a few seasons but imagine it’s pretty soft and best to stay off the groomed stuff until it freezes up again.

    #818567

    Canadmos
    Participant

    I rode Dufferin today and it was nothing but ice, slush and mud. Had to avoid most of the single track due to the snow being too soft or just the stupid amounts of ice. But the double track was mostly do-able; wet and kinda sloppy, but fun in a sort of evil way. The trail next to the ridge was PRIME.

    This weather sucks.

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