We picked up an inch and a half of snow last night. I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Eagle River, Sayner and Lake Tomahawk trails. The St. Germain and Lake Tomahawk trails I rode had been groomed. Sayner groomed most of their trails. However, their ungroomed ones were terrible – mogul after mogul. Eagle River hadn’t groomed their trails I rode and they were getting bumpy. All the groomed trails I rode were mostly smooth but some areas are still bumpy because the groomers weren’t able to completely flatten out the bumps. There are 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. I did find some really nice ones too. It was a fun ride today (other than the ungroomed trails) as this amount of snow is great in the fact that it’s enough for the slides and cooling but yet allows the carbides to sink through into the hardpack base for great cornering.
Plowed road trails remain 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. Carbides are scraping on them.
I’m going with an overall fair/good on the trails. There are lots of good to very good areas but enough fair (mainly due to being bumpy) to keep from an overall good rating. This snow will help but still would be nice to get a few more inches.
Note: In the pics, some trails will look whiter than they are due to the new snow.