Routt County Riders is revving up fat bike trail grooming on Emerald! RCR has received approval from the City of Steamboat Springs again this year to winter groom a limited number of trails on Emerald Mountain for fat biking. The trail crew has been grooming since late December and is focusing on the new directional trail that opened last fall, No Pedaling Required (NPR), which parallels a good portion of Blackmere Drive. This is one of, if not the first, bike specific directional flow trails regularly groomed in the winter for fat biking, to the best of our knowledge.
Additionally, we’ve partnered with the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council to use its snowmobile and groomer to groom Prayer Flag Road, and we also hope to add single track loops in the Meadows area as time and budget allows. We are looking for interested parties to help snowshoe pack Lupine to get a base trail formed.
Emerald’s trails usually ride great a day after grooming or after a few days without snow, but they are constantly changing with use, temperature changes and new snow so ride with caution. Trails will soften up a bit or become un-ridable with fresh snow, so riders are urged to understand the impacts of their tires and follow IMBA best practice guidelines while riding.
Beyond Emerald Mountain there are many other places to ride, but fat bikers are reminded to follow the rules set by the land managers. For more information on other riding areas click here. Routt County Riders will update our Emerald Mountain grooming efforts here.
For more information, to volunteer or provide comments email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are other helpful links:
- City of Steamboat Springs updates its grooming report here.
- Steamboat Springs Nordic Council updates trail conditions here.
- Routt Powder Riders grooms trails on Rabbit Ears Pass and the conditions can be found here.
Because of the speed difference between snowmobiles and bike, when bikers hear snowmobiles approaching they should exercise extreme caution. Snowmobilers cannot hear bikers and might not see them right away. Those who use snowmobile trails should consider donating to Routt Powder Riders’ grooming efforts.