Friday, December 30, 2011

BLM grooms golf course for ski trail

The Bureau of Land Management announced last week that Fossil Island Golf Course is opened and groomed for cross-country skiing. “We will groom the path as needed,” BLM assistant field manager Michele Easley said. “Right now Fossil Island is the only path with enough snow.” According to Easley, the BLM has an agreement with the City of Kemmerer to groom the edge of the fairways for the cross-country skiing course. “We have been grooming the course for about 10 years now,” Easley said. “It gives us a chance to prepare our equipment for the winter and groom the other trails we have.” The BLM cares for other trials further north on Lake Viva Naughton, but the snow is not deep enough for grooming yet. Most of the trail follows the perimeter of the course, starting at hole 1 and ending at the driving range. The BLM will only groom Fossil Island on an as-needed basis. “We will groom it when we have the staff available,” Easley said. “We will also groom it when there is a significant snow fall to change the course.”...more

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