Someone out scouting (on foot) trail work projects today saw some folks out riding. Please, please, please, the trails are not even close to being ready yet. The picture on the left was taken only a little over a week ago. Sure the snow is mostly (but not all) gone in most of the riding areas, but that is only because it has been raining quite a bit over the last week. Remember, WNYMBA is not the "Trail Police". Actually in Erie County, the parks department was toying with the day of setting when the trails are formally open. WNYMBA just knows that keeping access to the trails means keeping them in great shape. And riding them ridght after snow melt can damage them for the whole year. Rutting up the trails before they have had a chance to settle from the frost heave has a much greater impact than riding after an August shower. And it is not just WNYMBA. Just check out other MTB clubs are saying. Here's a quick sampler: http://nemba....
Unbelievably, our second work day is also cancelled this year! This is a view of Mutton Hollow Road. It is the same in both directions. I don't really want to have to have folks hike up to the work area, so we will have cancel this one as well. But Sprague Brook is still on for Sunday!
Only once before in the last couple of decades was there skiing still at Sprague Brook in April. To nobody's surprise, this year was the second time in recent history. There's lots of snow everywhere!
This photo was taken during an awesome day of skiing today, less than one week from the planned April 4 work day. Saw several fat bikes out there today riding the main singletrack loop as well; good day for that, too. True, there are some warm days forecast over the next week, but we've decided to go ahead and cancel the April 4 work day at Sprague. The new first work day will be the following Saturday, April 11, at Ellicottville, with a Sprage work day the next Sunday on April 12.
04.18.2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Harris HIll Ext. trail work day