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It is official, the US Forest Service has groomed the Alpine trail and today the county is grooming the Bear Valley trail!  So it is time to open our doors and have some fun snowmobiling!
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We need a bit more snow for the Sheriff's office to close the roads in Bear Valley which allows us to open our snowmobile trail and for the USFS to groom the Lake Alpine trail - but we are getting close! There is a foot of snow on the ground in Bear Valley and Stanislaus Meadow that is prepping the ground nicely. For a current webcam view in Bear Valley: www.bvsnowmobile.com/webcam/
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The Hathaway Pines USFS office will be having an Open House to review the DRAFT proposed action of over-snow vehicle (OSV) use on March 13 from 1 to 5 pm in the Calaveras conference room. This is one step in many by the court mandated NEPA study after the USFS lost a lawsuit last year. NEPA study is expected to take 2 years starting this summer. If you are interested in riding snowmobiles in the Stanislaus this is a good time to review the draft to make sure the USFS has not missed any major areas or routes that have been used by snowmobiles. The address of the Calaveras Ranger station is 5519 Highway 4, Hathaway Pines, CA, 209-795-1381.
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Looks like we will get about a foot of snow this weekend which is good to see but not enough to open the snowmobile trails in Bear Valley and on the Alpine Trail.  We ALMOST made it to the foot mark in Bear Valley.  This brings our season snow fall total of 6 and a half feet so far which is about half of "normal".
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Despite the poor snow conditions, it was good to see the USFS go out and do a tour our the Alpine Trail along with the Don Amador from the Blue Ribbon Coalition, John Watts from the OHV commission and Bear Valley Snowmobile.  The future of our trails are in good hands with these folks looking out for us.
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Sorry folks, just too much asphalt showing on the Lake Alpine trail despite numerous requests to go out and have some fun today. Time to shut down our last trail until Mother Nature sends us more snow. Keep up your snow dance, miracle March may still deliver us much needed snow for playtime and water levels!
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Thanks to the last storm the Alpine Trail is looking white and snowy - they way it is supposed to! Come enjoy the snow while it lasts - temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s all this week. Our machines are staged and ready for you to enjoy!! Find our shop inside the Bear Valley Lodge on the corner of No Name Road and Bear Valley Road where you will get your paperwork and helmets and then off to go snowmobiling!
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Here is some of our machines all wrapped up in their blanket of fresh snow. The Alpine Sno-Park is looking happy with six more inches of snow.  Thank you Mother Nature!
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As you can imagine we get ALOT of calls asking about the snow conditions and you know who WE ask everyday? Our snow rock - this rock is an extremely accurate weather indicator. Good news in the town of Bear Valley we saw two inches and a total of six inches in the Alpine Sno-Park. Not enough to run our machines in town but the Alpine trail is now a whiter happier place to ride. The pass at 8765 feet has three feet of snow.
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Despite being slow due to the lack of snow, we are still having fun with the customers as they come in our door asking about things to do in Bear Valley and are having a few laughs along the way.  Check out this cute visitor as she shows us how to ride on the machine on our sales floor with her friend Teddy!
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