Time until next riding adventure ...
Next Scheduled Ride:
Saturday February 29 (Leap Year Ride) …
out of Bonham.
Ready to ride at 9:30
Complete Ride Schedule Below …..
Ride Schedule 2019/2020
Mesa Tops Saturday December 21st
- 9:30 out of Mesa Top Parking on the Grand Mesa.
- Marty is going to take us on a low impact ride to check out machines and stay out of the rocks.
- We will be back to the Alexander lodge around 1-1:30 for lunch then return to the trailers.
- I am giving Alexander a count Saturday morning and they are offering a quick menu of pulled pork of Sausage. If you want something else let me know Sat Morning.
- If you can text me at 970-216-4925 and let me know you are coming so I have an idea for the lodge.
Vega Lodge January 11-12 Holiday Party (originally was 18-19 but Vega was booked up)
- Saturday January 11th 9:30 a.m. we will start with a ride out of the Vega ATV Parking to wherever the snow is good ( bring Lunch)
- We will return and meet up at Vega Lodge for cocktails at 5:00 (those that can’t ride can join us then) and dinner around 5:30.
- Bring a White Elephant gift if you want to participate again. Always fun! (keep it under $20).
- Choice of Salmon or Prime Rib for $21.00. Kids can order off the kids menu. Any special food needs we can order ahead.
- Cabins are available if you want to ride Sunday or don’t want to drive. Vega Lodge 970-487-3733
- Please RSVP ASAP and let me know your choice for food . Quint Shear
Spruce Mountain Saturday January 25 at 9:30 CHANGED to Vega
Departing out of Buzzard Creek at 9:30. Andy to lead us to explore new territory- this will be an advanced ride so make sure you bring your beacons and airbags.
Black Mesa Ride February 1 and 2
Join us for the weekend at Black Mesa Lodge with the Mcleod family for a weekend of riding or just join us for the day. They will open the lodge for Friday and Saturday night. $310.00 a couple with private bath and $290.00 with shared bath for two nights- breakfast Sat & Sun, Dinner Fri & Sat included. Family up to 5 $390.00 with private bath and $360.00 with Community bath. For reservations call Carrie at 970-640-8022 before January 24th. If you want to just come up for the day you are welcome. Details on where to meet up and time will be coming later.
Pinedale WY Weekend of February 14th - 17th
Spend the weekend with us riding out of Pinedale. We will stay at the Hampton Inn north of Pinedale and will have local guides Saturday and Sunday. Some may want to stay Monday and do a little more riding before heading home. Jackson Hole is 1.25 hours away so some may want to spend a day shopping and seeing the sites. Room rates will be 89.00 a night and we have reserved a banquet room for a dinner on Saturday night. For reservations call the Pinedale Hampton at 307-367-6700 and ask for the Snowskippers block rate.
THE RIDE: Yes it was snowy. Yes it was windy. Yes there was a small avalanche the first day which will certainly get Danial a nomination for the Eight Ball Award. Seventeen club members and four guests/guides. Nice to see some new country. A little blue sky and sun would have been nice but you just can never count on the weather.
Bonham Ride - February 29 at 9:30 am
It is our every fourth year annual LEAP YEAR ride and we are heading out of Bonham. Be ready to ride at 9:30 am. Guaranteed to be a fun and memorable ride.
Grand Mesa Visitors Center Ride - Sunday March 8
More details to come
Partners Ride - Saturday March 28
More details to come
Ride Schedule 2018/2019
Wilson Trail Clean Up Ride - December 15 - Meet at corrals at 9:30 am
January 5, 2019 - Buzzard to Electric Mtn Lodge for Lunch
21 riders on a blue sky morning and a storm coming in ‘flat light’ afternoon. Quint led and we found some beautiful, no track, parks to play in as we made our way over to Electric Mtn. Wilson was the bumpiest I’ve seen and after the ride John and Carl decided to immediately groom it. Hamburgers and Crispy Chicken was offered at Electric for lunch and orders were delivered within 10 minutes of placing them – excellent service and so glad it is open again.
January 12, 2019 - All SARC training with Civil Air Patrol
January 19 and 20, 2019 - Out of Vega Ride with our Snow Party at the Lodge, 5:30, Sat
February 2, 2019 - To be determined based on snow conditions and mood of riders!
February 16 and 17, 2019 - Black Mesa Ride and Overnight
Absolutely a wonderful area and amazing ride led by Danial Rupp. Cloudy and a bit snowy/windy on Saturday yet still some great country, open meadows, and flocked trees. Sunday the sky was blue and more untouched meadows were found. Definitely a place to return.
March 2 Buzzard Trail to The Burn then to Electric Mtn Lodge for Lunch
A bit snowy but still a great ride. The snow was DEEP. 19 members had a fun day of seeing some beautiful country, dig some trenches, getting stuck, and laughing. If you missed it it was definitely your loss.
Top of the World - When Conditions are Just Right
Partners Ride - March 23, 2019
Ride Schedule 2017/2018
Partners Ride - March 17, 2018 (Tentative)
Black Mesa Ride - February 23 to 25
Questions … call Quint at 970-216-4925 or Danial at 970-210-6417
Black Mesa Lodge
7 Rooms with attached bathroom = $95 per room for the weekend (fri and sat nights)
6 Rooms with community bathroom = $80 for the weekend
10 Rooms in the cabin, community bathrooms = $95 for the weekend
The Rooms are first come first serve, so reserve yours now!
Meals include Dinner Friday, Breakfast Sat, Dinner Sat, Breakfast Sun = $50 per person
Bring lunches for the ride, can also use the facility to make up a lunch for yourself. We could also pot luck style a meal if interest.
There is plenty of parking, it depends on the weather, the road could be tough to get up, but should be plowed and in good shape. If you’d rather ride, you can also come in from crystal creek trailhead hear cedaredge. We could run a trailer around and up to the lodge with your gear. The ride in would be about 10 miles/20 mins.
The lodge is a bit rustic and off the grid. You may want to bring a headlamp or creature comforts.
Buzzard Ride - February 17 at 9:30
Fifteen riders, along with three young passengers, took to the snow on a beautiful blue sky Saturday. Although the snow has been lacking this season no one was complaining … all were just thankful to have what was there. Rumor had it Snowmass ski area had received 5 feet of snow during the past week so we headed in that direction. There were no tracks on the way to the burn so guiding was fun and following a joy. Stepping off one’s sled at the top was a lesson in sinking and snow depth. How do those sled manage to stay on top? A few of us who needed to get back to reality early turned around after lunch and headed back to Kelley Camp. The rest went down the drop and out through the trees. Many gathered at Kelley Camp after the ride to watch the kids tube and talk about the need for more snow.
We finally have a little snow and if you are like me you have cabin fever. Andy Kelly has offered to lead a ride out of Buzzard Creek Saturday. I you want to join the ride bring your lunch and be ready to ride out of the Buzzard Creek Corrals at 9:30. To get there take Highway 330 out of Collbran to 71 4/10 Road, then turn right and go approximately 1/2 mile to the corrals(end of winter Maint.)
Kebler/Ohio Pass - Outside of Paonia
Not enough snow for a good ride on the Mesa yet but our Safari leader has been doing some recon and found some snow at a secret place outside of Paonia (see Facebook for pictures), He is going to lead a trip up there this Saturday (January 20). If you want to join us bring your lunch and meet at the Park and Ride at the Intersection off 32 Road and Hwy 50 at 7:00 Sat morning. Hope you can join us .
Any questions call Quint at 970-216-4925 or Daniel at 970-210-6417.
Ride Schedule for 2016/2017
January 29, 2017 - Powder Park - Buzzard Creek Trailhead - Sunday
February 4, 2017 - Glade Park - Saturday
February 12, 2017 - Grand Mesa - Bonham Trailhead - Sunday
February 17 - 20, 2017 - Afton WY - Kodiak Mtn Resort
Check it out at www.Kodiakmountainresort.com
Make your reservation now by calling Jason at 307-885-8800. Small cabins are $139. If 5 or more are booked using the SnowSkipper name we’ll get $10 off per night.
February 25 - 26, 2017 - Glenwood Springs - Being Discussed
March 18, 2017 - Partners Ride - Grand Mesa - Saturday
January 2, 2017 - The Burn - Buzzard Creek Trailhead - Monday
January 7, 2017 - Grand Mesa Trails - Vega Dam Lot - Saturday
January 15, 2017 - Grand Mesa - Vega - Sunday
Twenty Two riders on this ride up Leon and then over, around, through, and down Wilson. Blue sky, Deep Snow, Great Weather … perfect day with a perfect group of people and then a perfect dinner afterwards at Vega Lodge.
Ride Schedule for 2015/2016 - Been there, done that .... some historical notes
November 22, 2015 - SARC Equipment Check
December 12, 2015 - Vega - Saturday
This trip was moved to December 19th due to … I believe … a lack of snow. Yet within one week snow arrived. Unfortunately I wasn’t on the trip so I can’t report much. With Di leading it had to have been fun. I bet a few stucks and some new sleds out there getting their ski’s wet.
December 27, 2015 - THE BURN - Sunday
The morning started off at -12 degrees and frankly there was hope it wasn’t actually going to take place! Yet 11 snow skippers joined up with us 4 Kelley camp campers and rode to the to top of the Burn. Then down the narrow passage where one often feels as though they might not live. Everyone made it down and then …. well… poor Dale. You’ll have to come to the meeting to hear more.
January 9, 2016 - Grand Mesa - Saturday - Changed to HWY 141 and Divide Road
Ride was moved to the Uncompahgre where Warren guided the large group to areas we’d never seen. Many riders reported never seeing Warren either as he kept way out in front scouting. Quint and Dave enjoyed their attempts to keep the riders together and their successes of digging stuck sleds out of holes (only to have them drive into the hole again).
January 23, 2016 - Powder Park - Saturday
Twenty two riders on a blue sky day headed out to discover the beauty of the areas. A few clutch issues later and a dead sled were the low points but the high points fair outweighed them.
January 29 - 31, 2016 Women's Avalanche 1 Class - Vega Lodge - CANCELED
February 6, 2016 - Alexander Lodge - Saturday
Sonya is an incredible rider, an incredible person, and an incredible fund raiser for a great cause. This first time family event attracted over twenty participants who enjoyed the blue sky day, the fun snow, and the friendship which naturally occurs around such events.
The kids had a great time selling raffle tickets to anyone and everyone for great prizes. The silent auction had lots of great items in which to bid.
When the day was over Sonya had over $2200 to donate to Delaney Donates.
Thanks Sonya for the fun event and all the work which went into making it such a success.
February 12 - 14, 2016 - Hahn's Peak/Steamboat - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
54737 County Road 129, Clark Colorado. Many of us drive up Friday, some even ride that day. Big ride is Saturday departing at 9:30. The die-hearts will ride again on Sunday.
Thirty three snowmobiles headed off from the Columbine trail head in overcast skies to tour the country side. Chuck Hogue, a member and Steamboat guy too, guided us around the mountains and parks. Scratchers went down and came up as we deal with some hard groomed trails. Apparently the weekend before the snow was incredible but the weather was incredible all week which made for hard snow.
February 27, 2016 - Grand Mesa - Saturday
March 6, 2016 - Flat Tops - Sunday
March 19, 2016 - SARC Training at Vega
March 26, 2016 - Top of the Mesa - Saturday - Change in Date
Ride Schedule for 2014/2015 Highlights for Reminiscing
November 15, 2014 - SARC Equipment Check
The group is as enthusiastic as always and ready to head out to save some unfortunate lost soul at a moment’s notice. Most everyone attended the morning session regarding radios and then headed over to Allen’s Unique Auto for an impressive THANK YOU luncheon put on by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.
December 7, 2014 - Snowskippers Christmas Party
GREAT party ….the food was tasty, the venue was nice, but it was the PEOPLE who made the party. Over 60 members came out to visit, drink, eat, talk snowmobiles, talk snow, talk rides, share memories and generally have a great time. The white elephant gift exchange was a hoot. I personally thought the Bathroom Plunger Christmas tree was quite creative. Unfortunately The Clapper wound up in our house … watch for it to possibly appear again next year!!!
December 13, 2014 - Electric Mountain Lodge - changed to Dec 20 due to lack of snow
GREAT first ride of the season … 22 riders with a couple of new members joining in the fun. The biggest surprise was the SNOW. As one member was overheard to comment, “Way better snow and day than I thought it would be”. Di lead the group from Bonham over to Alexander Lake Lodge for a late lunch. Many of us had not been that way in years (and remembered why as we hit the bumps on the trail as we got closer to Alexander – a popular area with numerous cabins). See pictures for the “whole” story!
December 28, 2014 - The Burn
Thirty-one riders, lots of smiles, numerous ski tugs, a few deep holes left after dug outs, thousands of snowflakes, trees too magical to describe, powder to play in – all made for a memorable club ride. Unfortunately Dave Bagg was not seen stuck so the contest continues. Marshal Gore was in from ASU and enjoying time away from the sun. Derrick, new member from Montrose, found the snow amazing. Andy, our leader, reminiscenced about the way Royal Collard could lead a ride. Hard to accomplish a perfect ride for all levels without team participation. Kelley, home from DU, helped his uncle keep everyone upright and moving.
January 4, 2015 - Bonham Ride - Sunday
Twenty-two riders headed up Bonham road with both Herb Else and Dave Bagg leading at different times. Again a few new faces and riders which we as a club absolutely love. The skies were a bit overcast and the light a bit flat but the ride was a blast.
January 17 - 18, 2015 - Ripple Creek and the Flat Tops
Twenty-two riders day one who rode hard enough to be able to call it a weekend. Five others apparently didn’t ride hard enough and had to stay for an extra day to get their fill in. Blue sky, sunshine, white “go anywhere” snow … which even allowed a few of us to “go on our sides”. Troy from the Steamboat club was our guide on Saturday and showed us a bit of new territory plus some “follow me, oh this isn’t the trail, turn around, now go this way, no, this isn’t it either” adventures. Sunday the “experts” guided themselves and one even got rid of his GPS (unintentionally) in a roll over maneuver.
January 31, 2015 - Powder Park - Pre Superbowl Ride
CANCELLED due to conditions …. warm, muddy, visibility.
February 13 - 15, 2015 - Glen Eden Resort
I think most will drive up on Friday for a departure Saturday at 9:30 am 54737 County Rd. 129 Clark, CO 1 800 882-0854 1 970 879-3907
Twelve cabins, thirty six riders, including one chiropractor and less one sick disappointed young man, one equally disappointed mom and an injured orthopedic surgeon … all in search of snow! The talented Chuck Hogue, a fourth generation Routt county native and current club member, lead us all around the country side. Although the snow was lacking the sky was blue and the scenery was breath taking. Day Two a few dropped, a few joined (Angela Barnes fun loving daughter who celebrated her 22nd birthday with us, along with two of her friends) and 26 riders went in search of snow towards the west. We found it in WY and had a blast. Chuck found us untracked, fresh snow and we actually saw little white things drop from the sky … something we hadn’t seen in a long time.
February 28, 2015 - Grand Mesa - Saturday
March 8, 2015 - Flat Tops - West Elk - Sunday
March 21, 2015 - Partners Ride
Ride Schedule of 2013/2014 - Proof we are a club who is adventureous and explores
Listing of all our rides for 2013/2014
exchange. 6:00 to 10:00 REPORT: GREAT time attended by over 50 members – thanks Jessie
December 14th Saturday Bob & Di will lead us on an early trail ride from Vega dam parking lot (need parking sticker) Departing at 9:30 to Electric Mtn. Lodge for lunch, depending on snow levels. Good time to check out all your new stuff.
REPORT: Fun, and challenging ride, breaking out Monument Creek and making way to Electric Mtn Lodge for a
fantastic lunch. Group of 34 riders split up after lunch – some down Buzzard Creek and up Stillwater while others
enjoyed back tracking some and then heading across untracked parks on the Flat Tops. THanks Bob and Di
December 15th Sunday All SARC training at Vega.
REPORT: Members of the Ground Pounders got a taste of snowmobile transport and riding on this beautiful and
educational day. SARC practiced their avalanche beacon skills and helicopter landing skills too. Thanks to
Stephan & RoseAnne for grilling enough burgers for feed a hungry crew plus baking some delicious brownies.
December 29th Sunday THE BURN Departing out of Buzzard Creek at 9:30
REPORT: 28 riders were fortunate enough to break trail up to The Burn. The group split up at No Good
Park and headed in a couple directions. Dave was given grief for misplacing a couple of his group – thanks to
radio contact and radio relay the guys were in touch, reunited and had a broke down sled. Dave had the
honor (joy?) of towing the sled all the way back to the trailhead. Nice job everyone.
January 5th Sunday Bonham Ride Departing at 9:30 am we will head out on a cross country ride over the Mesa,
REPORT: It was the coldest ride ever remembered by the 14 members who rode from Bonham to Electric Mountain. Dale commented “No one got stuck because it was too cold, I mean bone chilling cold, to get stuck.” My comment would be if you did get stuck wouldn’t you warm up by all the exertion of trying to get unstuck? Rumor has it when lunch was over, part of a game watched in front of the fire, even the dire hard sledders were making excuses to go back out into the weather – by then the wind was whipping the snow off the roofs and coming down. At least there was some new snow up there.
January 17th- 19th Amber Holt Weekend for those of you that are going to attend. Quint will have further information
REPORT: Blue sky and we all learned that we should be Looking Up at it as we ride!!!! Lots of good tips and information shared by Amber and now it is up to all of us students to see if we can change some old habits. As Dave Bagg said “We are now all “CHICK APPROVED”.
February 1st Saturday Pre Super Bowl Ride Powder Park (moved to Bonham due to extreme avalanche conditions (at the top of the world, not at Bonham!!!) Blue skies and near epic powder … about a dozen A+ riders headed to Bonham and took advantage of the day. Amanda confidently represented the female race while many of us girls stayed home and watched the “Schooled” video series and practiced “looking up”. Andy felt it was time for club member to experience a monumental stuck fest so he intentionally started one by getting stuck up a tree. His goal was achieved when numerous riders attempted to come to his aid and got stuck trying. (Amanda, however, was smart and started her own private stuck fest up another tree and out of the way – go girl). Quint had what can only be described as “the stuck of all stucks”, very manly, and if you want he hear more you need to come to February’s meeting. Arnie celebrated the end of the day by performing an unmanned wheelie off the hill and into the parking lane. Sounds like fun was had by all and a few 8 ball nominations will be forthcoming (see slide show of day on photo tab).
February 8th Out of Vega, Wilson Creek trail – Little Flat Tops (originally changed fm Chama ride, now changed fm Ripple Creek)
It was predicted the snow would be good and deep and it did not disappoint. Twenty club members headed up to experience the deep powder and fortunately 20 members returned. Seems like getting stuck, and I don’t mean just stuck but STUCK, was the theme of the day. A few pictures have been posted because words just can’t describe the depth of those creek bottom stucks!!!
February 15 – A family ride out to Land’s end with Quint guiding the group. Sounds like about 20 lucky riders participated and had a great time. Thanks to Quint for listening to member feedback and putting together this ride for the club.
February 22nd Saturday Hahns Peak Roadhouse (changed from Ripple Creek)
This is a new venue and the riding should be good. Cabins and Bunkhouse accommodations as well as a lounge
and restaurant, also has a store with diesel, gas and supplies. Twenty-six sleds, two days, deep snow, zero visibility (at times), maps out occasionally, smiles all around – Routt National Forest and surrounding areas are beautiful. We sat on top of a couple wind blown peaks, we buzzed through some incredibly open parks, we squeezed through some trees, and we had a great time. Snowed on Saturday yet the blue sky opened up for us on Sunday. Perhaps we’ve found a replacement for our sadly missed annual Sleepy Cat ride. Thanks Rob and George for suggesting the area and leading us around. Great weekend.
March 8th Saturday Flat Tops West Elk Trail Head. 9:30 departure. For those of you who need gas for more than 60 miles of
riding you should bring some.
March 22nd Saturday Proposed date for Partners ride