Winter preparation for Elkford warm-up cabin a ‘success’

As the sun beat temperatures near 30 degrees over the Elk Valley over the weekend, a work crew in Elkford prepared a trail cabin for the winter.

According to ESA’s Jason Miller, a few families and members of the Elkford Snowmobile Alliance (ESA) were in the sun for most of Saturday working on the Koko Claims/Crossing Creek Trail warm-up shelter. .

“It went really well,” he said. “It was hot.”

Aside from some work done the previous weekend on the ESA-maintained trail, this was the first official work done this season on the warm-up shelter. They also cleaned up the trails this weekend.

The cabin, which has been in place for a few years, needed some maintenance and stocking up with supplies. The crew worked on a snow-damaged handrail, a railing was built for the outhouse, and firewood was split and stacked in the shed.

The cabin is not intended for overnight stays, but for people to keep warm or use in an emergency, Miller said.

In winter, the trail is reserved for snowmobiles, but high-performance vehicles such as a truck or quad can also be used in summer.

“It’s a little treacherous, there are some rocky sections, and it’s not for the faint-hearted to drive.”

Aside from the mosquitoes, the work day went well, according to Miller.

“It was a success, that’s for sure.”

Further work is planned next weekend on another ESA-maintained cabin about 40 to 50 kilometers north of Elkford, Miller said. This cabin needs repair on the roof. “(We do) summer maintenance while the weather is nice.” More information about ESA, membership or how to help can be found on their Facebook page.


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