Update on the Black Friday ski trail work:
It was the most successful work day thus far. Chainsaws were buzzing from 1-4 and a great deal was done! There are now four very good runs, each with multiple lines to ski. Ripperoo, Sugar slope, Meadow, and Razorback. Anyone headed that way to ski needs to give tribute to the hard workers who made it skiable – and come and help next summer!
Together Tracy and I (Jebb) helped at Hockback Mountian Ski Area in Southern Vermont in Marlboro on Route 9 between Williamstown and I-91. We helped work on the Great White Way, a beginner trail, that will make excellent habitat for ground animals and birds.
This is officially the ESH (Early Successional Habitat) project, as lots of Vermont fields and open lands are growing in and habitat for birds and small animals has been decreasing as the forest takes over. The forest just gets too thick! Plus how are you gonna ski that kind of schwack?
So, clearing habitat is great and all, but what about some skiing? Here on Black Friday there is an opportunity!
Directly from the Hogback web site:
A Better Black Friday – Clearing Ski Runs
You don’t really want to go shopping, do you? Spend the afternoon with us on the mountain, clearing blowdowns on several of the former ski slopes.
1:00 – 4:00
Friday, Nov. 27, 2015
Meet in the big parking lot north of Route 9 just past the gift shop.
We need people with chain saws to cut up blowdowns, and others to haul away the debris. A pole saw, heavy-duty brush cutter, hand saw or loppers could also be useful. We’ll have some tools available for use, but if you have a favorite clearing tool of your own, bring it.
Chain sawyers, note, you must have chaps and ear/eye protection to participate. We have a few extra sets of safety equipment. Drop us a line if you want to reserve a set.