Snowmobile Trail Conditions for Wednesday, February 24, 2016

We had a dusting of snow last night. It will provide a little bit more for the slides and to cool the sleds but not much. I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Conover, Sayner and Lake Tomahawk trails. Conover groomed last night. both St. Germain and Eagle River have groomed since the thaw while Sayner and Lake Tomahawk haven’t. If I had one word to describe the trails I’d say icy. The thaw this past weekend have left the trails either an ice and/or hard pack snow base with little loose snow on top. 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 have some bumps 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.

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 is to make sure you have sharp carbides and studs will help. I have ice scratchers on my sled 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.

Note: In the pics some trails will look whiter than they are from the dusting of snow we got.

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