Snowmobile Trail Report for Monday, February 6, 2017

I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Sugar Camp and Eagle River trails. The St. Germain and Eagle River trails I rode were groomed. Some of the Sugar Camp trails were groomed while others weren’t. All the groomed trails were nice and smooth. The Sugar Camp ones that hadn’t been groomed were pretty smooth but some areas had some bumps. Traffic was very heavy this past weekend and the trails had more of a beat up feeling to them. I’m going with most trails are 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. Also saw 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, trails held up pretty good. Some new snow would be really nice and would have most trails good to very good.

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Thursday, February 2, 2017

I headed out for a ride hitting some Sayner, Eagle River, St. Germain and Lake Tomahawk trails. Sayner, St. Germain and Lake Tomahawk groomed last night. These trails were smooth and most corners had snow pulled back onto them. The ungroomed trail had icy and pushed out corners but was still smooth. We got below zero last night so trails were packed in good this morning. You’ll see varying conditions with most being fair to good. Trails are icy so as any traffic hits, watch for pushed out icy corners. Where the base  is still there after the thaw last week, expect mostly good to very good. Where the base melted expect poor to fair.  The carbides did scrape on the insides of some corners and in a few open areas that get lots of sun. There is snirt out there and some trails are pretty brown while others are still white.

Plowed road trails are probably the worst. Some sections you’ll scrape a lot.

Lakes have some rough frozen slush and ruts so be careful.

The next couple days are suppose to stay colder so should help the trails set up and be hard packed.

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Wednesday, February 1, 2017

More snow showers yesterday into this morning. In the last few days we’ve picked up around 3 inches of snow. I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Sayner and Sugar Camp trails. St. Germain, Eagle River and Sugar Camp groomed. The Sayner trail I rode was groomed the day before. This new snow did help quite a bit. You’ll see varying conditions with most being fair to good. Trails are icy so as any traffic hits, watch for pushed out icy corners. Where the base  is still there after the thaw last week, expect mostly good to very good. Where the base melted expect poor to fair.  The carbides did scrape on the insides of some corners and in a few open areas that get lots of sun. There is snirt out there and some trails are pretty brown while others are still white.

Plowed road trails are probably the worst. Some sections you’ll scrape a lot.

Lakes have some rough frozen slush and ruts so be careful.

The next couple days are suppose to stay colder so should help the trails set up and be hard packed.

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

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The good news is we picked up 1.5 – 2.0 inches of snow. The bad news is the heaviest snow went south of us again. I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Sayner and Lake Tomahawk trails. St. Germain and Sayner trails were groomed. Eagle River hadn’t groomed but they were pretty smooth. Lake Tomahawk hadn’t groomed and their trails were choppy. While we didn’t get a lot of snow, it did help quite a bit. You’ll see varying conditions with most being fair to good. There are poor sections and also some very good ones. Where the base  is still there after the thaw last week, expect fair to very good. Where the base melted expect poor to fair. There is an icy feel to the trails but studs and new Everlaster carbides had me sticking just fine. Although the carbides did scrape on the insides of some corners and in a few open areas that get lots of sun. There is snirt out there and some trails are pretty brown while others are still white. My overall impression today was I was happy to be riding. A few sections I was cringing, most were fine and some I wanted to turn around and ride again. As more traffic goes out watch for pushed out icy corners.

Plowed road trails are probably the worst. Some sections you’ll scrape a lot.

Lakes have some rough frozen slush and ruts so be careful.

This snow did help but it would be nice to get some more.

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

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Monday, January 30, 2017

Well, I don’t have much good news to report on the trails. We did pick up about  a half to an inch of snow yesterday morning. I went for a couple short rides to see how conditions were, one on Saturday and one on  Sunday. Trails are either decent or poor. They are like riding on sand. Some are still all white while others are all brown with some bare spots. Carbides were scraping quite a bit. Lakes are all frozen ruts with little or no snow on top. Road trails are the worst and are either mostly bare or all ice with bare spots. Groomers have been out and are trying to work with the snow we do have but we need more to get the trails better.

Keep praying for more snow. A couple inches would really improve the trails. Our sleds are parked until things improve.

Snowmobile Trail Report for Monday, January 23, 2017

Temps stayed warm all weekend with light rain on and off so conditions did go down. I headed out this morning to check on trails hitting Sayner, Eagle River and St. Germain trails. They were in better condition than I thought they would be in. Most trails were slushy from the rain and warm temps. Several corners are getting bare spots on the insides. There are some puddles on some trails. Plowed road trails were the worst and are mostly all ice or all bare in areas. Lakes have a lot of slush coming up and are like a big puddle. Some trails back in the woods were still all white and in good condition. Just soft from the warm up. Lots of trails are brown from snirt coming through. Surprisingly, I didn’t scrape the carbides much today. Mostly only on the road trails and on a few bare corners.

I’m going to rate most trails in the fair category until we get cold and freeze them up again. If they freeze up and we get a few inches of snow, it should bring most trails back to decent again. We’re suppose to be in the upper 30s the next couple days so lets hope for more cold temps.

 

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Friday, January 20, 2017

It’s lightly drizzling this morning so I headed out for a ride to check on conditions hitting some Sayner, Boulder Junction, Arbor Vitae and St. Germain trails. St. Germain groomed last night. The other clubs had groomed the night before. Most trails were overall pretty smooth. They had a slippery feel to them today with the warm temps and drizzle. The warm weather continued again yesterday as the temp hit 42. There was more melting yesterday and I have to say trails did jump down a notch and most I’d put in the decent category. More corners, open areas and plowed road trails are seeing melting and are getting bare spots. The insides of corners especially is where you’ll see more bare spots. Groomers are doing their best to pull snow back onto these areas. Other areas are holding up fine and are all white. Several trails are looking pretty brown from snirt. Others are still all white and really nice. You will still find some nice stretches but will hit some fair areas and a few poor spots. For the best conditions stay away from towns, heavily traveled trails and ones along roadways as these will tend to be more in the fair category.

Plowed road trails are getting more bare spots and your carbides will scrape.

Saw a little more slush areas on the lakes but the packed down areas still don’t have much.

While the trails were good this morning, temps are suppose to be warm again so there will more melting today. Conditions can change quickly so we’ll have to see how things hold up to this thaw. Hope for colder weather…

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Thursday, January 19, 2017

I headed our for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Sayner and Lake Tomahawk trails. St. Germain and Sayner groomed. Eagle River and Lake Tomahawk had groomed the night before. Lake Tomahawk trails had some bumps but the other were all pretty smooth.  The warm weather continued yesterday as the temp hit 40 with sunny skies. It did cool off into the mid 20′s last night some things firmed back up. There was some more melting yesterday but trails held up better than I thought. Some corners, open areas and plowed road trails are seeing some melting but other areas are holding up fine. I’m still going with a good overall rating. Most I rode are good to very good, some excellent and then some fair areas. Some corners saw some melting and there was a little bare ground on the very inside. Groomers are doing their best to pull snow back onto these areas. Some areas are looking pretty brown from snirt. Others are still all white and really nice. For the best conditions stay away from towns, heavily traveled trails and ones along roadways as these will tend to be more in the fair category.

Plowed road trails are getting some bare spots in areas but so far were holding okay.

Saw a little more slush areas on the lakes but the packed down areas still don’t have much.

While the trails were good this morning, temps are suppose to be warm again so there will more melting today. Conditions can change quickly so we’ll have to see how things hold up to this thaw. Hope for colder weather…

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We both headed out for rides in different directions hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Sayner, Conover, Boulder Junction, Arbor Vitae and Lake Tomahawk trails. St. Germain, Eagle River, Conover, Arbor Vitae and Lake Tomahawk groomed. Sayner and Boulder Junction had groomed the day before. Trails were smooth. The weather warmed up yesterday and we hit 40 in the afternoon. Fortunately it was mostly cloudy so melting wasn’t too bad. Some corners, open areas and plowed road trails saw some melting but nothing drastic. We’re still going with a good overall rating. Most are good to very good, some excellent and then some fair areas. Some corners saw some melting and there was a little bare ground on the very inside. Groomers are doing their best to pull snow back onto these areas. Some areas are looking pretty brown from snirt. Others are still all white and really nice. Temps dropped into the upper teens last night so things froze up decent and trails were hard packed.

Plowed road trails are getting some bare spots in areas but so far were holding okay.

Saw some slush areas on the lakes but not many yet.

While the trails were good this morning, temps are suppose to be warm again so there will more melting today. Conditions can change quickly so we’ll have to see how things hold up to this thaw. Hope for colder weather…

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Snowmobile Trail Report for Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I headed out for a ride hitting some Sayner, Eagle River and St. Germain trails. All had been groomed within the last day or two. Most trails were smooth with a few bumps here and there. It is warm this morning at 31 so trails were softer. Some corners are pushed out and icy or are thin on snow and you’ll scrape the carbides. Other corners still have good snow cover and are fine. Some snirt is showing up so some trails are brownish in color. I’m going with an overall good rating. Most are good, some are very good to excellent, and there are a few fair areas. Lakes are getting packed down and have some bumps. Plowed road trails are getting thin. This week is suppose to be a warm one so hope the forecasts are wrong and it stays cool.

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