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 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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Snowmobile Trail Report for Monday, February 13, 2017

I went for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Sayner, Eagle River Conover and Lake Tomahawk trails. The St. Germain and Eagle River trails I rode had been groomed. Sayner groomed some of their trails but not others while the Conover and Lake Tomahawk trails I hit weren’t groomed. The ones that hadn’t been groomed were getting bumpy while all the others were smooth. It was down to 10 last night so trails were packed in tight. I’m keeping most trails in the fair to good category.  There’s a few poor spots in areas. Then there’s some that are really nice that you’ll want to turn around and ride again. There are a lot of icy corners which you’ll push right through. The carbides did scrape on the insides of some corners and on plowed road trails. There are some bare spots on the insides of a few corners and on some plowed roads trails. There is snirt out there leading to brownish colored trails. Groomers are doing a good job pulling snow back onto the icy corners but traffic will push it off as the day goes on.

Bottom line is the riding is decent with some good to excellent areas. However, you will scrape the carbides in spots and there are icy trails out there. Today is suppose to be warm with a high around 40. Hopefully we won’t get that warm…

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Sunday, February 12, 2017

We picked up a heavy dusting of snow last night. I went for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Sayner, Sugar Camp, Eagle River, Rhinelander and Lake Tomahawk trails. The St. Germain, Eagle River, Sugar Camp and Sayner trails I rode had been groomed. Lake Tomahawk groomed some of their trails but not others while the two Rhinelander trails I hit weren’t groomed. The ones that hadn’t been groomed were getting bumpy while all the others were smooth. I’m keeping most trails in the fair to good category.  There’s a few poor spots in area. Then there’s some that are really nice that you’ll want to turn around and ride again. There are a lot of icy spots and some corners are very icy so easy to push right through them. The carbides did scrape on the insides of some corners and on plowed road trails. There are some bare spots on the insides of a few corners and on some plowed roads trails. There is snirt out there leading to brownish colored trails. Trails had a soft feel to them since the temps are on the warm side. Groomers are doing a good job pulling snow back onto the icy corners but traffic will push it off as the day goes on.

Bottom line is the riding is decent with some good to excellent areas. However, you will scrape the carbides in spots and there are icy trails out there. Let’s keep hoping for more snow.

Note: The trails in some pics will looker whiter than they are due to the new snow.

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Friday, February 10, 2017

We picked up a heavy dusting of snow last night and have had a little freezing drizzle this morning. I went for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Sugar Camp, Eagle River and Lake Tomahawk trails. All clubs had groomed recently. I’m keeping most trails in the fair to good category.  There’s a few poor spots that are thin on snow. Most trails are an icy base with some snow on top. Then there’s some that are really nice with a good ice base and plenty of snow on them. There are a lot of icy spots and some corners are very icy so easy to push right through them. The carbides did scrape on the insides of some corners and on plowed road trails. There are some bare spots on the insides of a few corners and on some plowed roads trails. There is snirt out there leading to brownish colored trails. The groomers are doing a good job pulling snow back onto the icy corners but traffic will push it off as the day goes on.

Bottom line is the riding is decent with some good to excellent areas. However, you will scrape the carbides in spots and there are icy trails out there. Let’s keep hoping for more snow.

Note: The trails in some pics will looker whiter than they are due to the new snow.

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Thursday, February 9, 2017

I went for a ride hitting some St. Germain and Sayner and trails.Both clubs had groomed and their trails were smooth. Trails were packed in tight as temps dropped below zero last night. I’m keeping most trails in the fair to good category.  There’s a few poor spots that are thin on snow. Most trails are an icy base with some snow on top. Then there’s some that are really nice with a good ice base and plenty of snow on them. There are a lot of icy spots and some corners are very icy so easy to push right through them. One of my biggest complaints was scraping the carbides on the insides of some corners and on plowed road trails. There are some bare spots on the insides of a few corners and on some plowed roads trails. There is snirt out there leading to brownish colored trails. The groomers are doing a good job pulling snow back onto the icy corners but traffic will push it off as the day goes on.

Bottom line is the riding is decent with some good to excellent areas. However, you will scrape the carbides in spots and there are icy trails out there. Let’s keep hoping for more snow.

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Wednesday, February 8, 2017

We picked up about an inch and a half of snow between yesterday and last night along with a little sleet and freezing drizzle. I went for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Sayner and Lake Tomahawk trails. St. Germain, Eagle River and Lake Tomahawk had groomed and their trails were smooth. Sayner hadn’t groomed but their trails were smooth overall with some bumps in areas. I’m keeping most trails in the fair to good category. This new snow will help the trails but it’s not quite enough to get most in the good or better category. There’s a few poor spots that are thin on snow. Most trails are an icy base with some snow on top. Then there’s some that are really nice with a good ice base and plenty of snow on them. There are a lot of icy spots and some corners are very icy so easy to push right through them. One of my biggest complaints was scraping the carbides on the insides of some corners and on plowed road trails. There are some bare spots on the insides of a few corners and on some plowed roads trails. There is snirt out there leading to brownish colored trails. The groomers are doing a good job pulling snow back onto the icy corners but traffic will push it off as the day goes on.

Bottom line is the riding is decent with some good to excellent areas. However, you will scrape the carbides in spots and there are icy trails out there. It would’ve be nice to get the 3-5 inches of snow that was predicted. Since we didn’t, let keep hoping for more snow.

Note: In the pics, some trails will look whiter than they are due to the fresh snow.

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Trail Report for Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It’s was 22 degrees this morning with a mix of sleet and freezing drizzle but has now changed over to some snow. We both rode in different directions hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Conover and Sayner trails. All clubs had groomed recently. Most were nice and smooth with only a couple small bumps. I’m going with most trails being fair to good. There’s a few poor spots and then some really nice areas. There are a lot of icy spots and some corners are very icy so easy to push right through them. I was scraping the carbides on the insides of some corners and on road trails. There are some bare spots on the insides of a few corners and on some plowed roads trails. The best way to describe a majority of trails is an icy base with some snow on top. There are brownish colored trails from snirt and then areas that are all white, with good snow cover. The groomers are doing a good job pulling snow back onto the icy corners but traffic will push it off as the day goes on.

Even with the heavy traffic from the weekend, trails held up pretty good. Some new snow would be really nice and would have most trails good to very good. Let’s hope this changes over to all snow and we actually get some.

Note: In the pics, some trails will look whiter than they are due to the sleet and snow.

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