It's an entrance to a main forest service road but yes, snowmobiles and snow cats and skiers all share the same entrance...That's really cool and looks to be running great. Great to see it out and about. Are those skidoo trails you're buzzing around on?
It never ceases to amaze me how dumb people can be at times. Even we know not to go out further than 5 miles if we are alone with no other catters with us...There were three of those near me with an old guy who used to run snow tours with them up a mountain. They're pretty much dormant now and last used on a rescue mission when a 4wd group (38 people including kids) got stuck in a snow storm. The poilce and air-force were screwing around with bringing in helicopters (weather was no good) and snow-groomers (were taking days to transport them there). In the mean time the old guy was up all night checking the machines over, had a minor heart attack and drove in and got them:
Man who helped rescue stranded 4WD enthusiasts trapped Central Otago back country has blasted the police's effort to help.www.stuff.co.nz
Here's a video of them being rescued by a D8 dozer that went in a month or so later, chained all the broken vehicles together and dragged them out.
Yeah these guys were unprepared for snow (vehicles setup for mud with tyres that go hard in the cold and snorkels that got blocked with snow etc) and were very lucky. They were warned several times on the way into the mountains too. My Dad went in on a skidoo and watched the recovery effort. It was staggering what went on.It never ceases to amaze me how dumb people can be at times. Even we know not to go out further than 5 miles if we are alone with no other catters with us...