Chairs rebuilt! Ready for 2012-13 season!

The Townsight Quad chair and Lone Spruce double chair have been rebuilt and are ready for the 2012-2013 season.

All of the 2,000 tree seedlings planted in September are surviving, thanks to watering efforts and some good rains.  Snow fencing built from fire-killed trees have been built on upper Compromise to hold snow from the wind.  The Lone Spruce and Townsight chairs are rebuilt and ready to run.

Nearly 2,000 tree seedlings planted!

John Hogan organized a tree planting in the burned areas of the ski area.  He got a grant from REI and help from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to organize this event.  We had a great turnout, with more than 100 volunteers showing up, unexpected considering everything else that was going on (school sports, Next Big Idea Festival) . Volunteers planted just over 1,900 Englemann spruce, Douglas fir, corkbark fir, and a few limber pine. Based on plantings following other fires, 33% survival is probably realistic.  We watered most of them on Saturday with firefighter backpack pumps.  John Hogan watered them again for about 3-4 hrs. Monday.  The 325 gallon water tank on the ski area tank truck is now parked at the top of Chair 2 (Big Mother lift).  Two of the pump packs are also no the back of the truck; The remaining two pumps are behind the sheds at the base of Chair 1. A few of the planters inquired about watering, so John Hogan will try to organize some watering parties.
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Chainsaw work is going well, continuing.

The chainsaw crew has done very well this summer.  We have cleaned up most of the burned forest west of I Don’t Care, plus many other areas on the mountain.  We have been working Tuesday evenings and usually have as many volunteers turning out as we have chainsaws available.   We have just one Tuesday night left before the October 13th Pit BBQ Work Party.  Contact Brian Foley for information if you have any questions.

XC Bike trails crew, Monday, Sept 24th

The cross country bike trails crew will continue work Monday, Sept 24th. Daylight is growing short now, some of us may start earlier than 5 pm, but come up when you can. We will start working the upper stretches of Aspenola, probably where the east jeep road intersects the the top of Dogpatch/Bonanza. Walk or drive up the eastern jeep road until you find the crew. Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water.

XC trails crew today, Wed, Sept 19th

The cross country bike trails crew will continue work tonight, Wednesday.  Daylight is growing short now so rather than all meeting at the lodge at 5:30, come up when you can and just start walking east up lower Aspenola until you find the crew. Currently we are working lower Aspenola below where it intersects the lower east road and Bonanza.   Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water. This crew is in addition to Neal Pederson’s crew working on the downhill/free ride trails.

Bike trails crew Wednesday

The cross country bike trails crew will continue work this Wednesday evening, meeting in the parking lot below the Lodge at 5:30.   If you show up late, just start walking east up lower Aspenola until you find the crew. The plan is to continue working on rehabilitation of our eastern XC trail, Aspenola and the lower Aspenola loop.  Craig Martin or  Bart Daly should be on hand to coordinate the work. Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water. This crew is in addition to Neal Pederson’s crew working on the downhill/free ride trails.

Bike Trail Work Party Tonight, Sept. 5th and Upcoming Tree Planting Work

The cross country bike trails crew will continue work this Wednesday evening, meeting in the parking lot below the Spruce Lift (near the cat shack) at 5:00 If you show up late, just start walking east up lower Aspenola until you find the crew. The plan is to continue working on rehabilitation of our eastern XC trail, Aspenola. We hope to work the entire length of Aspenola this season. Craig Martin, Bart Daly, or Frank Reeves should be on hand to coordinate the work. Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water. This crew is in addition to Neal Pederson’s crew working on the downhill/free ride trails.

Also, there’ll be a Pajarito Mountain Tree Planting Day on Saturday, September 15th. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and REI are sponsoring a work party starting at 9:00 am, with a barbecue at 4 pm. Come on up and help them get our future glade runs in shape!

Trail Work on Wednesday, August 29th

Neal is planning on doing more trail work on Pajarito Downhill bike trails Wednesday (8/29) night. Will meet in parking lot just below the lodge at 5:30pm. Please contact him first if interested in going: 662-1461 (home/office), 660-1400 (cell while @ the mountain), or np@vicontrols.com.

The cross country bike trails crew will work this Wednesday evening, meeting in the parking lot below the the lodge at 5:30. If you show up late, just start walking east up lower Aspenola until you find the crew.  The plan is to continue working on rehabilitation of our eastern XC trail, Aspenola.   We hope to work the entire length of Aspenola this season. We want to have at least one XC trail, as well as our downhill/freeride trails, in tip top shape for the IMBA summit in October. Craig Martin, Bart Daily, or Frank Reeves should be on hand to coordinate the work. Bring your shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves, and water. This crew is in addition to Neil Pederson’s crew working on the downhill/freeride trails. Choose your poison!