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Bill
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skid trails

We've only had a few ft. of snow this winter and it all melted in the last few wks. so I took my snow blade off surprise this morning woke up to 4" so got at it. I had all the trails down to dirt & the snow banks pushed over the edge so they would dry up fast . Here spring can come any time between Feb. and Apr. so I like to be prepared. Had a camera with me and remembered to take a couple pics. before I got back to the house. Only took 4 hrs. with such a light snow fall to blow out a few miles of road ,the mill site and around the house and shop.

Here's a shot from the lower trail in the summer.

Those of you with no snow just don't know what your missing smiley.

Baron
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We had 31" two weeks ago and were lucky to have warm weather follow and melt most of it. Oh, and about not knowing what we're missing, Oh yes I do and I don't want any more.

you sure do live in a beautiful place.

1styear
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Sure is pretty

Post Oakie
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I like the summer photo a lot more than the winter ones!  I grew up in central Iowa & now live in Missouri.  I know exactly what I'm missing, and I don't miss it a bit!

wayne busse
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My mill has been encased in ice for over two weeks. We had 4" of wet snow that slid off into a 1' pile around the mill. We had one day of 32 which turned it to slush and then refroze to solid ice. It's finally going to get up to mid 50s later this week. I don't mind the snow, it's the ice that I hate... I even considered covering the mill in poly and setting a kerosene heater under it to try melt the ice. Can't wait to finish the mill shed.

Baron
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Wayne that is what happened last year to me. I was away on a sales trip and the wife and kid shoveled off the roof into the mill. Took until the end of February to dig it out. I just ordered new blades and can hardly wait to get going again. 

papow22
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HEY ! there Bill.I was wondering why scrape off the snow.I mean is why would you have dirt showing,with the snow to protect the logs the logs would be clean while riding on the snow.Whenever I skid in the winter I just float the trail with 2 logs  being drug sideways like a grader blade only one on the front of the 2 is set over a bit to my left side while the other eg:   </=\

 that way I pull the snow one way to the other side and then returned back to create a firm surface.Then I leave it over nite To toughen up.That creates a firm  road to drag my logs.My Dad showed me then when we were making logging roads for the log truck to drive on.With that same idea I applied it to my trapping roads and the I could use my trike in the winter which was cheaper than the old double track ski-doo.I'm justing tossing my 2 cents.Just a question of thought.

Bill
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Papow the reason I try and keep them clean is because they would be mud until June with packed snow on them. They are already dry this year . If the winter conditions are good for logging then I do my skidding on the snow but most my logging is done early spring or in the fall. As the trees I log are 90% dead ones I don't have a lot of choice where there located and it generally not where it's easy to get at in a lot of snow. I certainly agree skidding on snow is much cleaner than dirt.

papow22
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Thanks for the eye opener wink