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Klamath Falls, Oregon

The Klamath Basin Snowdrifters are the basin's only non-profit snowmobile/grooming club. During the snow season the clubs volunteer members keep 360 miles of designated trails smooth, clear, and safe for all riders. Safety and fun are top priorities of the club.  With a wide range of rider skill levels, anyone can always find a comfortable riding group. 

Our mission is to educate the snowmobiling community about changes in laws, trail conditions, and weather conditions. To keep up to date, download the latest copy of the “The Drifter”, a monthly newsletter.  All KBSD club members are also members of the  Oregon State Snowmobile Association (OSSA).  The OSSA is in contract with the State of Oregon to maintain and groom the snowmobile trails throughout the state, as well as fighting to keep our snowmobile trails and rights as snowmobilers from being taken away from us.

 


 

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Groomer Report

Winter is coming!

Dan Riblett

We have been working on the Snow Cat building at the Lake of the Woods ODOT station. Insulation and electrical are complete! Thanks to Reid Murphy Construction for the loan of the scissor lift We had it for 3 weeks to complete the ceiling insulation and removal and replacement of the lights and bracing. Thanks, Reid! We could not have done it without you!

We will be researching the best way to heat the building so ice doesn't build up inside this winter. We are also planning an office area with storage above, as money, materials, and time become available.

In talking with John Briggs (Chiloquin Ridge Riders Grooming Chairman), as grooming information for the Chiloquin area is available to us, we will post it on our page. A lot of our club members ride in that area, so the information will be great to have.

Trail maintenance will commence now that fire season is over. Tune in to the Facebook page for location and dates!

Grooming Report

Dan Riblett

There is a lot of water under the snow in many areas. Be careful out there!

We groomed four days this week, and made it across most of the normal trail system except Sunset, Varney Creek, Cabin, and Pelican. We put the tiller on last week and it makes a nice trail

There is a lot of snow near the Brown Mtn. Shelter. The Pederson trail going south has 3-4 feet on the trail. We groomed Keno Access from Howard Prairie to about a mile East of Miner's Creek road. Lots of good coverage out there.

Snow is not as plentiful south of Fish Lake toward Deadwood Snow park. We won 't be grooming Road 37 due to lack of snow. There are a lot of bare spots on the pavement.

The trail from the south part of the Cabin trail to the Buck Peak is not passable. The water is 2-3 feet deep. No snow remains on that trail for about 100 yards. That's definitely an area to avoid.

Four Mile, East Four Mile, the Return Loop, Cold Springs, and Pelican still have a lot of snow. We did not make it to Pelican today due to low visibility on the mountain.

Grooming for the season is mostly over, we will try to get out a few more days depending on snow received this weekend. Our permit does not allow the cat on the trails if there is less than 6" of snow to prevent damage to the road surfaces. We are there in a lot of areas.

It's been a GREAT season with the new Pisten Bully!

Dan Riblett

The Club has a new Snow Cat! It's a 2016 Pisten Bully. We are beginning training for our more experienced operators and then will start training the new folks. We have been on the Four Mile and East Four Mile trails so far, but snow down low is not deep enough for other trails. It looks like this weekend could bring us enough snow to start more grooming!

Thanks to the efforts of our District Director at Large, Dobe Griffin, we will also have an older OSSA cat staged at Hyatt Lake this year! We will be able to groom the smaller trails around that area this year, as well. The Cat (a 1987 Tucker) has arrived. We are now waiting for meetings with BLM to determine how best to use this vehicle on the trail system out of Hyatt Lake.