I headed out for a quick ride hitting some Eagle River and St. Germain trails. The trails I rode were groomed making them and smooth. It was cold again (-8) so the trails were packed in tight and solid as a rock. It’s hard to give an overall rating on the trails. You’ll find a lot of good, some fair and some very good to excellent. The carbides were scraping – mainly on the insides of corners and on plowed road trails. Speaking of plowed road trails, St. Germain plowed this morning despite the fact we haven’t received snow in a week. Great timing with a warm up predicted for Wednesday. The groomers are doing their best to pull snow back onto corners but I found some that were still icy and/or thin on snow on the insides. Be careful as they get pushed out with traffic making them icy. Some trails have a brownish color from the snirt. I also found some sections that are all white, smooth as a road and really fun to ride.

The town trails, heavily traveled corridor trails, and tight twisty trails will be more in the fair range. The more you can avoid these the better riding you should find.

It would be nice to get some snow to freshen things up and give the groomers some more to work with.

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 sop sign without looking, there could be a propane truck going by – wonder who would win that one.

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