I headed out for a ride hitting some St. Germain, Sugar Camp and Lake Tomahawk trails. The St. Germain trails were freshly groomed and were smooth. Lake Tomahawk trails looked like they had been groomed a day or two ago and were mostly smooth with some bumps in the corners. The Sugar Camp trails I rode hadn’t been groomed since it snowed Saturday/Sunday and ranged from smooth to bumpy. Overall I’m giving the trails I rode a good rating. There was lots of very good to excellent which made me want to ride all day. I did see some fair and poor spots that were lean on snow. The groomers have been able to cover most bare areas but the sun yesterday melted some back to bare. Some corners are icy so be careful. There was snirty areas before the snow so as more traffic hits, expect to see some brown trails.
Plowed road trails are the areas that are fair to poor. Before the snow, some roads had a lot of bare pavement. Unfortunately, at this time of year it’s very hard to rebuild a base. So even with this new snow, once it’s plowed, the carbides will scrape. Then if any sun or warm temps come, the road will be bare again. Fortunately, some are holding an ice base and are fine.
It’s getting late in the season and trails are good with the 15+ inches of snow we’ve had the past 10 days. However, once an area has bare ground showing, any warm temps or sun will melt new snow quickly. It’s suppose to be warm today so expect melting and some trails to deteriorate. There’s still good riding so get out now as don’t know how much longer it’ll last.