The light snow yesterday only added up to a half inch. I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River and Sayner trails. All the trails I rode had been groomed. They were mostly smooth but still seeing areas where the groomers aren’t able to completely flatten out the bumps. With temps last night falling to -4 things were packed in like roads and the sled was cornering on rails. It’s pretty nice out there with lots of really nice trails. There are some corners that are getting pushed out making them icy and/or thin on snow on the insides. My carbides did scrape on some. There are areas of snirt showing up making the trail brownish but still plenty of trails that are mostly white.
Plowed road trails are in poor to fair condition. 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. Where sleds and ice fishermen on ATVs have driven through it’s refreezing leaving some nasty ruts.
It sure would be nice to pick up 3-4 inches of new snow. It would freshen things up and give the groomers more to work with.