Snowmobile Trail Report for Friday, February 26, 2016

We both headed out for rides hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Sayner and Conover trails. Eagle River, St. Germain and Conover groomed their trails last night. This grooming has helped as these trails are smooth and some snow is being pulled back onto the corners. Sayner hasn’t groomed all week so their trails are bumpy and beat up – we’d recommend avoiding them if possible. Icy is the best word to describe the trails. The thaw last weekend has left the trails either an ice and/or hard pack snow base with little loose snow on top. Overheating could be an issue. The trails that have been groomed since the thaw are smooth overall. The groomers smoothed out the frozen ruts and have left some crushed ice on top. The ones that haven’t been groomed since the thaw are getting pretty bumpy and have frozen sled tracks making them feel rutted. Sometimes the skis get stuck in these ruts and you’ll dart unexpectedly. A lot of corners are icy and/or thin on snow on the insides. I did see some small bare spots (mainly on the insides of corners) but there are areas that will have some bare ground – mainly on trails alongside a road. There are still some nice stretches out there that are nice and fun to ride. We’re giving an overall fair rating with some poor, most fair and some good.

Plowed road trails are fair to downright bad. They have a mix of ice with little or no loose snow, some have a good base, some have a few bare spots and some areas are mostly bare pavement.

Lakes are awful right now. They are mostly rutted ice with almost no loose snow on them.

If you do ride make sure you have sharp carbides and studs will help. We have ice scratchers on our sleds so didn’t have a problem with the slides not getting enough snow or the sled overheating but without them you might have an issue. A little new snow would go a long way to improving the trails. Even a couple inches would help a lot.

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