I rode all day yesterday with resort guests hitting some St. Germain, Sugar Camp, Rhinelander, Arbor Vitae/Woodruff and Lake Tomahawk trails. All trails had been groomed recently. I’m giving the trails an overall fair rating. Most areas will be fair, some are bad and then there are some good areas. Overall trails were pretty smooth with some bumpy areas – mainly due to not enough snow to fill in ruts in the ground. Most trails do not have a very solid base which allows dirt to come up and sleds can wear the trail down to the ground. The carbides were scraping and majority of the trails are brownish in color from snirt. Corners get pushed out as more sleds ride on them and are thin on snow. Straight stretches are better as they hold the snow better but some still have lots of snirty areas. There are areas that are good being white with decent snow. Plowed road trails are very thin on snow and have lots of bare spots. My carbides were scraping a lot on the ones I rode. More lakes are getting marked – only ride a lake if the trail is marked. Watch for frozen ruts on the lakes – there are areas that are really nasty.
The groomers are doing what they can with the snow we do have. We really could use more snow to improve the trails.