Vail Daily Community Spotlight: Holy Cross Powder Hounds
Vail, CO Colorado
Organization Name: Holy Cross Powder Hounds Snowmobile Club.
Executive Director/President: Lance Trujillo.
Location: Eagle County.
Phone number: 970-376-3856.
Web address: http://www.holycrosspowderhounds.com
Hours: All day and night, as long as there is snow on the ground.
Years in business: 21 years.
What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work?
The Holy Cross Powder Hounds is a nonprofit Eagle County club that operates under the Colorado Snowmobile Association (CSA). Our mission is to advance, promote and preserve the sport of snowmobiling.
The club actively works to keep land open to snowmobiling and represents motorized winter recreation in land use legislation. We work with CSA and the National Forest Service to groom trails on the North side of Interstate 70 between Vail and Wolcott. The groomed trail system provides access to the backcountry for all types of winter recreation, including skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. The club organizes events and group rides throughout the season and promotes safe and responsible riding.
Where does your funding come from?
All of our funding comes from club membership and grooming work in association with CSA (Colorado Snowmobile Association) and Colorado State Parks. We also host an annual fundraiser in October to help pay annual expenses.
How many staff members work for you?
We have five volunteer officers and over 80 members.
How often does the organization meet? When? Where?
The club meets every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Edwards Ambulance District building. The club’s annual celebration and main fundraiser is tonight at 6 p.m., at 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott. There will be 2012 sleds on display from all manufacturers, a preview of Chris Burandt’s latest video that Burandt will personally introduce, as well as giveaways, food and local riding information. Admission is free for members, and $10 for nonmembers.
Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?
Members of the club support local communities through charity efforts and local events. The Holy Cross Powder Hounds promote responsible use of the backcountry by offering avalanche and backcountry preparedness training.
The club is partnering with 4 Eagle Ranch this winter to provide grooming to the facility from Muddy Pass Road. This should provide local riders with a great place to start and end their day, or offer a new destination for lunch.
We’ve organized a number of great events, including Snowmobile Drag Races, that offer a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Often snowmobiling is associated with loud, smoky, environmental damaging machines – there are strict new laws in place from the Environmental Protection Agency that dramatically limit the toxins in snowmobile exhaust to the extent that new machines are equipped with very ‘clean’ engines. Colorado has brand new sound legislation in effect this year that limits the sound output from snowmobiles and testing will actively be under way this winter. Now is a great time to start enjoying the sport of snowmobiling. Check out the club’s website at holycrosspowderhounds.com and get plugged in.