Sharing is caring. That’s what Share the Slate is all about. We’re about fostering a community that thrives on multi-use winter trails and celebrates the diversity of our users. We believe that through education and awareness, various user groups can continue to coexist happily on our winter trails. But, forces are at work against this. Groups like Silent Tracks and the Crested Butte Nordic Center seek further segregation of our trailhead use – or worse, to shut it down to specific user groups. While Share the Slate provides a strong voice against these groups, the voices are louder with volume. We need YOU and we need your support. Here are 4 actions you can take to support Share the Slate: 1) Stay informed – Sign up for our email updates. We’ll keep you educated about policies, notify you of upcoming meetings, and send out action alerts. 2) Donate – We need funding for start-up costs and to help us file for non-profit status and we need these immediately. Later, we’ll need funds to help us accomplish some of our goals, like better signage at trailheads. Please donate today! 3) Write a letter to the Crested Butte Town Council and Mayor
On Tuesday January 19th, the Crested Butte Town Council had a meeting about winter trailheads. At that meeting, many groups presented regarding winter travel. Of most importance to us, Silent Tracks made a presentation to the Town Council. They introduced who they were and specifically asked the council to write a letter to the National Forest asking them to speed up the re-evaluation of the existing winter travel management plan. Public comment was at first not allowed. But, due to the number of people present at the meeting and after a few remarks by Crested Butte local Mike Arbany, Mayor Glen Michel granted public comments, provided they were directed to the actual town council. A summary of the comments that ensued and the overall discussions are recapped in the Crested Butte News and the Gunnison Country Times. We at Share the Slate believe that the time has not yet come to discuss the winter travel management plan and that the current plan is working. We believe that any conflicts that supposedly exist can be resolved through education and awareness. We made these points clear during the town council meeting and these sentiments were echoed by much of the public. After
Snow is falling all around us and the stoke level is high! But, Share the Slate needs you now more than ever. We need you to keep on pushing and helping us to preserve your access to our public lands in winter for all users. We need you to come to our public meeting! Share the Slate will be meeting at the Brick Oven at 5 pm on Wednesday February 3rd. We’ll have a presentation and opportunities for you to ask questions and give comments. While we’re at it, enjoy Happy Hour drink specials! Can’t wait to see all of you there!
Find out more about who we are and what we can do for you! Find out how we intend to help preserve access to our winter trailheads for all users! Come to the Brick Oven at 5 pm on Wednesday February 3rd for our first public meeting. We’ll have a presentation and a Q & A session to follow. While you’re at it, enjoy Happy Hour Share the Slate drink specials too! Hope to see you all there! – Share the Slate
On Tuesday, January 19th, the Crested Butte Town Council will be having a session which will be of particular importance to those interested in winter trailhead use. At 6 pm, there will be a work session which is described as a “discussion between Council, Staff, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, Nordic Center, and the Crested Butte Land Trust about Issues Relevant to Winter Trail Use.” At 7 pm, the town council meeting begins, and Silent Tracks will be presenting to the town council. According to the published agenda, they are set to present at 7:55 pm. Both the work session and the town council meeting will be held at the Crested Butte Town Hall. We encourage all who are interested in winter trailhead use to attend both the work session and the town council meeting as these should be very informative, and with knowledge comes power. While we at Share the Slate believe that all voices should be heard, we also remind attendees to be respectful of others. Spread the word! And keep on remembering to #sharetheslate #sharethevalley!
It’s no secret that certain groups have been questioning multi-use access to the Slate River for many years. Several years ago, an meeting with very little forewarning or fanfare was called to discuss the winter trailhead. While a certain person was trying to get this trailhead shut down to motorized travel, others were sticking up for open access. Present at the meeting were many, including Keith Bauer (current Nordic Center Director), Frank Konsella (current board member of Share the Slate), Marlene Crowley (Public Works Director), some county plow drivers, and several other backcountry users. Most people present did not want to see motorized access to the Slate River Drainage get shut down and were willing to make compromises to reduce user conflicts, property owner complaints, and trailhead crowding. However, as more and more people find themselves using the Slate River Drainage, some of these rules have been forgotten – or some never knew them in the first place. Below is a list of “rules” that were agreed upon during this meeting, and/or have been established as the norm. No parking in the turn around – At the end of the road and the start of the trailhead, there is a
We at Share the Slate believe that multiple user groups can coexist at winter trailheads. But, part of coexisting is making sure that we follow a certain etiquette. The pieces of etiquette are simple – Be Kind, Help Others, Be Aware, and Show Respect. We ask that winter backcountry users not only respect their peers and other user groups. But, it’s also imperative to respect closures and private property. The Allen Ranch recently posted a letter in the paper to the Crested Butte Community asking winter backcountry users to respect their private property boundaries: The map below illustrates the situation. The green area on the map is operated by the National Forest Service. The red line marked on the map highlights the areas of Washington Gulch Road that pass through private property. That means, you should not go off of the road for 1.3 miles past the trailhead (which is located just NW of the subdivision) at which time you will then pass on to Forest Service land. To see the map more clearly, click to enlarge. In order for winter access to remain open to all user groups, we must ensure that we are respecting private property. Thanks to