We had a short warm up over the weekend, mid 30s on Saturday and 40 yesterday. Fortunately it has cooled back down. I headed out for a ride to see how conditions are hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Sayner and Lake Tomahawk trails. None of the trails I rode had been groomed and there’s one word to describe it – ROUGH. Lots of bumps on most trails. I did manage to find a couple trails that don’t get much traffic and they were decent. The good news is that the base held in most areas but did see corners where the inside is down to bare ground. More snirt is showing up making the trail brownish but still plenty that are white with good snow cover. A lot of corners are getting pushed out making them icy and/or bare on the insides.
Plowed road trails took a hit. A lot of them are showing areas of bare pavement (from small patches to big spots). The ones I rode had an ice base with some bare spots and very little to no loose snow on them.
Most lakes in the area marked. If a lake is not marked or you’re not sure about the ice, consider it unsafe. Starting to see a lot of slush coming up on lakes. This is mainly off the marked trails so stay by the markers.
If you’re riding today try to find less traveled trails or hit other clubs trails in hopes that one of them groomed. If they did, stay in that area. Hopefully groomers will be out tonight and try to smooth things out and pull some snow back onto the pushed out corners.