It was another cold one last night with temps this morning at -5. I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Lake Tomahawk and Sayner trails. St. Germain groomed last night and their trails were smooth and packed in solid like a road. The other trails I rode hadn’t been groomed and ranged from pretty smooth with a few bumps to getting bumpy. 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 some beautiful trails that are smooth and all white. Then there are areas of snirt showing up making the trail brownish.
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.
Some new snow would be great to freshen things up and give the groomers to work with.