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Grooming begins; avalanche danger high | Preston Citizen

Grooming begins; avalanche danger high

January 23, 2014


Assistant editor

Some grooming of snowmobile trails in Franklin County has started because of recent snowfall.

Warren Wilde, county emergency services director, who is also chair of the tri-county snowmobile-grooming committee, said grooming of snowmobile trails in higher elevations started last week.

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“We finally got enough snow at higher elevations to start grooming efforts. We need at least 18 inches of snow before we begin our grooming work to avoid damage to the groomer. If we try grooming without that much snow it just tears up our expensive machines.

“Grooming at lower elevations, specifically at trailheads, will be evaluated individually and start when conditions allow,” said Wilde.

Wilde said even though there hasn’t been any new snow in recent days, avalanche danger in the mountains east of Franklin County is extremely high.

Franklin County Search and Rescue crews were involved in helping rescue a snowmobiler on Jan. 11 who triggered an avalanche in Bear Lake County, just east of the Franklin County line.

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