Mother Nature threw us a curve ball this week as she usually does sometime in January. Where just a week ago we had 10″ of fluffy dry snow and were trying to figure out how to groom it, the other day she fixed that and dumped 2″ of rain on us and then froze it all into a giant snow cone! My wife and I took a the dogs out this morning to check the trail conditions, it was a chilly 5’f but sunny, we were greeted with wonderful solid conditions on all trails that had some previous grooming. So grab your fatbike and get some riding in, you never know when it will swing the other way.
You may recall a blog post in the early spring “Praying For Snow”. Well that article just came out in January’s issue of NH Magazine. Snow Bond story . It’s a well written story with a good bit of humor mixed in. Jay Atkinson the author is back up this week and has an idea for another story, we’ll see what he comes up with.
This week brought northern New Hampshire it’s first significant snow storm. PRKR got about 6 inches of dry fluffy stuff, not the best for a base but we’ll take it. Dave Harkless got out yesterday with the Rokon and groomed about 4 miles of trails. While it may be soft for a bit the forecast is for moderating temperatures early next week which should help it set up to make for fun riding.
As we roll into winter riding, we should go over proper Fatbiking etiquette so everyone has a fun time:
- Allow the trails to set up after grooming
- Use a 4″ or larger tire, studs are not necessary but are helpful in icy conditions
- Run less than 10# of pressure in your tires, it helps to minimize rutting
- Don’t leave a rut!! If it’s too warm and the trail is soft get off and do something else
- If you can’t ride up a hill and have to get off and walk, walk on the side of the trail
- Yield to other trail users; skiers, snowshoers, walkers etc. and always be friendly
- Support grooming efforts by donating to PRKR
Well, October was so warm and wonderful riding weather, it seems winter has snuck up on us! Yesterday I was able to skip out of work for an hour and ride with a buddy who was home for the holidays, it was warm enough to ride in shorts on Thanksgiving weekend! This morning I wake up and it’s snowing, showing us that winter is indeed inevitably coming. This has been a busy year for PRKR MTN Trails, we have achieved much:
- Built a Parking lot at the end of school
- Built one of the largest pump tracks in NH
- Built this website
- Uploaded our trail system onto Trailforks website and app.
This winter we are aiming to groom at least 6 miles of trails on PRKR for Fatbiking and another 5 or so for cross country skiing (the double tracks). We are going to try grooming the pumptrack for a little winter fun also! This is all done with a lot of volunteer work but still costs money and your help would be very much appreciated. Click Here to Help
It’s been a busy summer up on the PRKR MTN trail system. Our goal was to complete a new parking area and build a very large pump track, and with the help of a bunch of volunteers and some professional help we were able to achieve both goals!! Join us Sunday September 10th from 1-3pm for the official opening of our new pump track. We will have food, beverages, music, demos and clinics from skilled riders teaching us all how to ride a pump track!! Bring your friends, family and bikes !
Just a quick post to let folks know that PRKR MTN is open for the Spring season! I will post some pics in the next few days, but the crew has been out taking care of blowdowns and other trail issues this past week. The trails up top are still a bit soft but, Rock n Roll, Gardners, Tin Can Alley, Winds n Pines, Orange, Home Grown, Charmel, Moss, etc are all in decent shape. Go Ride!
So I get a call earlier in the week from a journalist from Boston, he had pitched doing a story on FatBiking and some other winter activities to a magazine back in January, apparently they decided just this week that his story line idea was a good one and wanted him write the article. Only one problem, spring was finally coming to the Littleton area and things were thawing out fast. He wanted to go FatBiking on PRKR MTN with his co-writers and a photographer this Saturday April 7th! Each day this past week I would get up and take my dogs for a quick ride in the morning on the PRKR trails and it was quickly becoming mushy and rutted as the week went on. He really needed there to be full snow coverage for his “winter” pictures, and he needed it firm enough to ride. Fortunately there was a glimmer of hope, the weather was calling for temps to dip below freezing Friday night and a chance of light snow. I let them know and they decided to go for it. So there I was, a bike shop owner getting a text at 9:30 at night saying he was “praying for snow” and I was nodding my head in agreement. This morning I woke up a bit before 7 and looked out to see a fresh blanket of white on the ground, not much but it was white. I quickly grabbed some coffee, loaded up my Rokon groomer in the van and headed to my bike shop to meet them. Always a bit of a showman, I told them I would groom short loop for them to ride so it would look nicely manicured in the pictures. Off we went to the end of School st, I groomed and they rode and they got plenty of material for their article. Their prayers were answered and they had fun and one of them was pretty happy it was April, because he fell off a bridge into the Palmer Brook! I will ink the the article when it comes out next winter. Cheers… Dave
Here it is April 4th and I just finished a nice Fatbike ride before work. Normally it is not uncommon for our trails to be free of snow and rideable by the beginning of April, not this year. April came in with a vengeance and dumped another 5-6″ of fresh heavy snow ontop of what was already there. Temperatures over the weekend and busy schedules didn’t allow me to get out and groom, but a few persistent souls got out and rolled around the lower trails on PRKR and made them rideable. This morning it was crisp and in the twenties so the trails were set up nice a firm. A few ruts here and there but definitely doable. So while we wait for mother nature to give us the big thaw and get us back on track for spring, I suggest if you want to ride PRKR stick to your Fatbike and ride in the morning when the trails are firm. Who knows if we get another storm I might get out and groom one last time!
So two weekends ago we were dealing with 30″ of fresh snow and trying to groom everything for our first annual Fatbike Poker Ride. Thankfully the temps warmed enough on Saturday 2/18 for some compaction to occur. Sunday morning we were up early attempting to groom for our event. We even ran out and bought a classic 1972 Skidoo Olympic 302 to help with the effort.
Thankfully Mother Nature smiled upon us and the trails set up nicely for a great event. We had about 30 riders show up for the Poker Ride many had never ridden PRKR before. The result was big smiles and promises to come back for more. We raised over $800 to put towards constructing our parking area and a very large pump track! Want to get involved? I want to help PRKRand let us know how you can help. Continue reading “Hey, What The ???”