Snowmobile Trail Report for Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Trails closed today so our season has officially ended. Warm weather has melted almost all our snow. Time to put the sleds away until next season…

Snowmobile Trail Report for Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The warm temps are deteriorating the trails again. Conditions are mainly poor to fair. There is probably some decent sections out there but getting to them requires going over the bad stuff. So, our sleds are parked until we get more snow.

Snowmobile Trail Report for Monday, February 27, 2017

I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River and Sayner Trails. Of the trails I rode, St. Germain was the only club that had groomed since the snow on Friday – they groomed Saturday night. Their trails were pretty smooth while Eagle River and Sayner were getting some bumps but not too bad. The grooming did help as I didn’t scrape the carbides as much. I’d say trails are fair overall. There’s some bad and then some good. Since we didn’t get as much snow as we were hoping and it wasn’t a wet, packy snow, there isn’t quite enough snow for the trails. You will scrape the carbides on a fairly consistent basis. There are also some icy corners. I did find some nice stretches that made the ride worthwhile. I rode Little St. Germain Lake and it was in good shape – no slush to worry about. I’d say the the trails are rideable but keep your expectations low.

My report above might be completely inaccurate within a day or two. Temps are suppose to warm into the upper 30′s for today and tomorrow. Some sun is predicted for this afternoon and rain for tomorrow. If it gets as warm as predicted, i’m not sure if we’ll be out riding again.

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mother Nature gave us some more snow last night so we ended up getting a total of 5 inches of snow out of the “Big” winter storm. Not sure if this will be enough to bring the trails back. St. Germain is going out grooming tonight and that should help the trails. Since we did lose a lot of the base on trails, we’ll have to see how this snow will hold up.

Snowmobile Trail Report for Friday, February 24, 2017

We did get a little snow so far this morning totaling about an inch and a half but it has stopped snowing now. Let’s hope it picks up again today and tonight. Trails are still in poor condition from the thaw this past weekend. We will need several more inches of snow to bring the trails back to ridable. Our sleds are parked until we get more snow…

Snowmobile Trail Report for Saturday, February 18, 2017

Things are not looking good. Yesterday we had sunshine and temps in the low 50s. Trails took a hit. There are probably some decent stretches in the woods but getting to them will require going through bad. It is suppose to stay warm for the next 5 days so any decent stretches will not hold up long. Our sleds are parked until we get snow…

Snowmobile Trail Report for Friday, February 17, 2017

I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River and Sayner Trails. The St. Germain and Eagle River trails I rode had been groomed and were smooth. The Sayner trail I rode hadn’t been groomed and had some bumps. I’m giving the trails an overall fair rating. You’ll find anywhere from poor up to very good but most will be fair. A lot of corners are icy or thin on snow (some have bare spots) and the carbides will scrape in areas. Straight stretches very from fair to very good with some thin on snow to others that have good snow cover. There are areas with snirt, especially on heavily traveled trails and town trails. Plowed road trails are a mix bag. Some still are okay with a ice base while others are showing a lot of pavement.

Today is suppose the be the first day of a big warm up with temps ranging from the mid 40′s to low 50′s for the next 5 days. The conditions I reported are from this morning. By afternoon, things could be completely different. We are hoping it doesn’t get as warm as predicted and for as long as predicted. Hope for cold and snow…

These pictures were taken this morning. With warmer temps trails might look different by the afternoon…

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Thursday, February 16, 2017

Went for a ride yesterday with guests hitting some St. Germain, Sayner, Eagle River, Conover, Phelps, three Lakes and Sugar Camp trails.  The grooming has helped the trails after Monday’s warm up. It smoothed out some of the frozen ridges and pulled snow back onto some thin and bare areas. I’m still keeping most trails are in the fair category. Some areas are poor/bad. You’ll still find some good and even some very good. Some trails have snirt and are brownish while others are still pretty white. There are bare spots showing up – mostly on the town trails, insides of corners on some hills exposed to sun and along roadways. Plowed roads are a mix of still okay to ride to lots of pavement showing. The good news is there is still decent riding. These stretches are more out away from towns and on less traveled trails.

It looks like there will still be some decent riding this week. Choosing your route can be key to the conditions you’ll find. You will have to ride some fair and poor to get the the good stuff.

Lakes are still good – didn’t see any slush.

I just snapped a few pics on my ride to work this morning.

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We got a dusting of snow yesterday and again this morning. I headed out for a quick ride to see how the trails are hitting some St. Germain, Sayner and Eagle River trails. St. Germain and Eagle River had groomed last night and Sayner the night before. I the trails I rode were smooth. The grooming did help the trails after Monday’s warm up. It smooth out some of the frozen ridges and pulled snow back onto some thin and bare areas. I’m still keeping most trails are in the fair category. Some areas are poor/bad. You’ll still find some good and even some very good. Some trails have snirt and are brownish while others are still pretty white. There are bare spots showing up – mostly on the town trails, insides of corners on some hills exposed to sun and along roadways. Plowed roads are a mix of still okay to ride to lots of pavement showing. The good news is there is still decent riding. These stretches are more out away from towns and on less traveled trails.

It looks like there will still be some decent riding this week. Choosing your route can be key to the conditions you’ll find. You will have to ride some fair and poor to get the the good stuff.

Lakes are still good – didn’t see any slush.

Note: With the dusting of snow, trails in some pics will look whiter than they are.

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What a difference a day can make. Yesterday was 41 with sunshine and it took a toll on trails. We both went for rides in different directions hitting some St. Germain, Sayner, Sugar Camp and Eagle River trails. All had groomed recently and overall trails were smooth. Most trails are in the fair category. Some areas are poor/bad. There’s still some good and even some very good. Trails that had snirt or were in the direct sunlight saw melting and then refroze last night making them frozen snow and ice. There wasn’t much loose snow for the slides and to cool the sleds. As more traffic goes over them and the groomers are out again it should help grind this up giving more loose snow. More bare spots showing up – mostly on the town trails, insides of corners on some hills exposed to sun and along roadways. Plowed roads are a mix of still okay to ride to lots of pavement showing. The good news is there is still decent riding. Some areas are still all white and fun to ride. These stretches are more out away from towns and on less traveled trails.

It looks like there will still be some decent riding this week. Choosing your route can be key to the conditions you’ll find. You will have to ride some fair and poor to get the the good stuff.

Lakes are still good – didn’t see any slush.

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