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Weekly ASP Ski Trail and County Snowmobile Conditions Update

Considerable work was done on the trails at Allegany State Park in the offseason by park crews and contractors replacing culverts. The summit equipment barn has recently been insulated and heated. This will address icing issues for the Cat, mitigate the need for a block heater and generally make the Cat more manageable to the crew that has to climb in and coax it around the trails in subzero temperatures.

The park expects to do the lion’s share of grooming with the Cat pulling two implements in tandem. The new configuration should result in flatter trails side-to-side and even better tracks.

Park crews have been out clearing the trails of fallen trees. They set track on the upper loops using the snowmobiles on Dec. 17. The last day of muzzleloader and bow season is Dec. 18 and grooming will begin in earnest after that date. We got off to a great early start this year on ungroomed trails. However, warm weather and rain forecast for later this week may set us back a bit.

Snowmobile Trail Conditions

The region’s snowmobile trails officially opened Dec. 18, with a little help from Mother Nature, of course. Snowmobile, in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, on over 350 miles of state funded snowmobile trails in addition to the 91 plus miles of trails at Allegany State Park. ASP is considered one of the most well-groomed areas to snowmobile and enjoy everything that winter in Cattaraugus County has to offer.

As of Dec. 18, ASP has received about 2” of snow overnight. The park has approximately 6-8” of snow on the ground, much less than many areas in WNY. Crews have been starting to roll trails to begin the process of forming a base, but be aware that the terrain at Allegany is very rugged and it requires a good deal of snow base to get good coverage. The ground is still not frozen, so there are wet areas and seeps crossing the trails. There is virtually no base at this time. Riding is rough in many sections. Use caution if you decide to do any early season riding.

Note: ASP Route 1 from Red House to Quaker has been plowed up until today, so that road will be virtually bare until we receive enough snow to cover and build a base.  Please contact Quaker Rental office for more information at (716) 354-2182.

For trail conditions or for a free map of more than 350 miles of trails in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, please call 1-800-331-0543 or download it at www.enchantedmountains.com.

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