Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Quad Report: July 25/12 The Status of the Atlas area

Sorry Sorry Sorry....I know it has been a while but renovations and a family vacation and nothing to report but rain kept me from the blog. Besides in the summer its always good weather to quad right? Rum Runner had all the usual events, heritage site tours, midway for the kids, a parade but without the fireworks it was dead here. Kids could have done midway without so much as a 2 minute line-up. Wonder what will happen next year as many businesses went from booked solid and running off their feet to empty and dead. Too bad. Anyway the sun is shining and the trails are pretty quiet even in the areas that are usually full of RVs. Remember if you are saving your vacation days til fall that hunting happens out here curbing a bit of your riding access. On another note....Atlas Staging area north of Hwy #3 across from the Devon Gas Plant is closing August 13th. Yep and Devon is closed and being dismantled too. The logging road is on private land and they are done with its use for approx the next 20years. It is failing in some areas and not considered safe. The Quad squad offered to put in three new bridges and other assistance. The municipality is not interested as it falls into another municipality. The Quad squad has about half a million dollars invested in those trails accessed by that road. Spray Lakes will begin decommissioning the road at about kilometer #19 to 34 of a total of 42kms up in around the Dutch Creek connector area. Spray Lakes - the owner of the lease was hoping to come to a resolution but are unable to justify paying to maintain the road to the minimum level. Total decommissioning is said to take three years. These three events are a real blow to the businesses in the Crowsnest Pass. This is just an overview of the Atlas situation and for more info please go to and support the Quad Squad - they are on the front lines fighting for our access to this and other areas. We will update our website with the photo of the newest cabin that replaces the doublewide trailer hopefully by August. The change of name just reflects the realization of our dream to upgrade our accommodations to better serve our great group of "regulars" and to make the guest experience here even more private and special. We have our 330 Polaris Magnum for sale if you are looking for a dependable 4WD quad that will go a lot of places but be light weight. It has had many new parts put onto it, comes with front and back racks and is in very good running order $2600. Weather is great - sunny days and cool breeze in the evening for fresh air sleeping. Cheers - V