We did get 3 inches of snow Saturday night into Sunday which was nice.
I headed out for a ride this morning to see how things are hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River and Sayner trails. Eagle River groomed while the others didn’t groom the trails I rode. The groomed trails were definitely in better shape but still scraped carbides in thin areas and on corners. I’m giving the trails an overall ok to fair to poor rating. There were some decent stretches but you will hit several poor to fair spots. Carbides scraped a lot – both in corners and on straight stretches. The decent stretches I found were wide trails in open areas. Narrow trails or ones in the woods were snirty and had icy, pushed out corners. Some of the ungroomed ones were getting bumps.
Plowed road trails have somewhat of an ice base but your carbides will scrape a lot.
The good news is that lakes are in good shape. They are smooth with enough snow.
Trails are ridable but you will get wear and tear on your snowmobile. You will hit decent areas but will find poor and fair areas. We definitely could use more snow to bump trails into the good category.
Note: Vilas County trails are open but Oneida county trails are still closed and the DNR is issuing tickets to people riding on them. The confusing part is that some clubs have trails in both counties. Most of St. Germain trails are in Vilas county but some aren’t (for example, the trail along the power lines behind Spangs restaurant is in Oneida county) If you do ride, be sure to look at a map to see which county a trail is in.