I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Sayner and Lake Tomahawk trails. The St. Germain trails I rode had been groomed except for one which had lots of bumps. Some of the Sayner trails I rode were groomed but others hadn’t. Lake Tomahawk hadn’t groomed but they were overall smooth with some chop. The groomed trails were packed in nice and were smooth. Corners had snow pulled back onto them so hardly scraped anywhere. The Sayner trails that hadn’t been groomed were getting pretty big bumps and some corners were pushed out and icy so I decided to go another way. Trails that had snirt before have it mixing in again but they’re whiter than before. Be careful of branches that have fallen on trails with all the snow and ice on them. Trails are definitely in the best condition they have been all season. Get out and ride and enjoy the nice trails.
Now that there’s plenty of snow on the trails what you see will depend on when the trail was last groomed and how much traffic has been on it since then. More traffic will lead to more bumps and pushed out, icy corners. Less traffic will mean smoother trails. As the trails get groomed more times it should help to pack in the snow making it better each time.
Lakes are bumpy from drifting snow and there’s slush coming up in spots – especially off the marked trails.
Just a comment or two on some safety issues. 5 sledders died this last weekend in WI. Two of them were hit by vehicles on state highways. We’re not sure what happened but lets use this as a reminder that whether you ride fast, slow or in between, stop signs mean stop and look both ways before crossing a road or driveway. Also, with all the snow we’ve gotten there’s a lot of high snowbanks limiting visibility for vehicles pulling out of driveways or roadways. So if you’re on a plowed road trail slow down and be aware someone pulling out might not be able to see you coming.