A few flurries fell last night but not enough to cover the ground. We both headed out for rides hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Sayner and Lake Tomahawk trails. The groomers were out (even saw a Sayner one) and all the trails we rode had been groomed. It’s a mixed bag of conditions out there. Some sections were hit hard from the warmth on Wednesday and are left with an icy base, bare spots and minimal snow. These areas are usually the first to go and fortunately it’s usually a section of a trail and not a whole area. There’s a lot of fair to good conditions out there. Saw a lot of trails where some corners are thin on snow (some icy and some showing some bare ground) but then the straight stretches are fine. These will have snirt in areas – some just a little so they are mostly white with a little brownish tint and there are some that have a lot of snirt and are pretty brown. The best part is there are still some very good to excellent areas. These are all white with good snow cover.
Plowed road trails had some melting. Fortunately the ones I road were still mostly covered with ice and a little bit of snow. There are areas with bare pavement but what I saw was small spots or just one side of the road so could get around it.
Lakes are still good – didn’t see any slush.
Some new snow would be really nice after almost 2 weeks without measurable snow and the thaw on Wednesday. Despite these, there is still some good riding. You find it you’ll have to go over some fair and poor spots.
Just a side note: We’ve been hearing about and seeing lots of riders not stopping at stop signs or even slowing down for them. They are put up for a reason. Most are at road crossings where cars and trucks go by. So next time you think about blowing a stop sign without looking, there could be a propane truck going by – wonder who would win that one.