Jordan Valley Trails Council Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Poor
  • Last Groomed: January 15th, 2023
  • Reported On: February 06th, 2024 @ 11:46am

Groomer Report


With the horrible weather we’ve had over the last month, trails are pretty much lost and back to pre-season.  There is still some snow in the woods but anything that gets sun or where there is bare ground the snow has dissipated.  The forecast this week has 40’s and 50’s and fortunately after next week winter will return with typical 20 degree weather and some snow predicted.  It will take a couple good snow storms to get our volunteers back into the woods and grooming trails again.  Thank you to all the riders who have blessed our area with your support and helping our local businesses.  Any questions, please message us on our Facebook page or email and we will gladly help you with any questions!

Don’t forget to get out there and support the clubs in our council!  Antrim County Snowmobile Club and East Jordan Trailblazers would love to have you as a member as well as attending their fundraising efforts!  Check out their respective Facebook pages and plan to attend their many events.

Remember there is no centerline, stay on your side of the trail, ride right, ride safe, ride sober, give our volunteer groomers a thumbs up, and please remember groomers don’t back up, get off the trail well ahead of the groomer so they can safely get by you.

ORV riders, please be aware that we have sections of our trail that we are generously afforded the right to use for snowmobile trails.  When you see “NO ORV” signs please turn around and find an alternate path!  Trails closed to ORV are trails: 4 west of 131, 4/76, 76 and 768 along 131, 766 in the Jordan Valley, 4/76 between 131 and Cinder Hill Road, and Trail 4 along the powerlines (this is PRIVATE property not Lakes of the North property).  ORV and snowmobile traffic on private property are jeopardizing trail access all around the state.

Stay tuned to the JVTC Facebook page as well as the Antrim County Snowmobile Club and East Jordan Sno-mobilers Inc. pages for further trail updates.


A friendly reminder – we groom 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and most groomer runs average between 5 and 8 hours, our trail system now entails roughly 75 one- way miles with the majority of our segments groomed down and back.  Remember to grab those 2024 trail permits before you hit the trail, they fund us to be able to give you great trails.  Ride safe!

Local JVTC Club Affiliate News:

Antrim County Snowmobile Club (Located on Trail 4/76 in Alba) – Give them a 👍🏽 on Facebook.  Weekly trail rides through the winter.

East Jordan Trailblazers (Located on Trail 4 in East Jordan) –  Give them a 👍🏽 on Facebook, Breakfast being December 1st thru March 31st

Charlevoix County Snowmobile Club (No Clubhouse) – No events planned

Become a member and get involved with a local club, without them there are no trails to ride!

ORV RIDERS!!! : As we head into  snowmobile season we please ask that ORV’s refrain from using our groomed snowmobile trails. It is not only dangerous for both ORV riders as well as snowmobile riders but our groomer operators spend countless hours preparing and maintaining trails. Ruts created from ORV can be very dangerous for snowmobilers as well as stressful for groomer operators as it requires much more time and effort to properly get the trail back into great condition. Please be respectful of fellow sportsmen. The JVTC is pro ORV and one of our board members has been fighting to gain further ORV routes in the area, but we also realize there is a need for each user group to have their own seasons.

As we transition from snow to grass and tracks to wheels remember that MANY snowmobile trails in the Lower Peninsula ARE NOT ORV trails!

Off season traffic on sled trails causes many contour changes in the trails from banked corners to washed out hills to creating potholes and whoops.  All this damage, if fixed, is repaired by snowmobile dollars!  If it is not fixed it causes us to start the season with terrain that is already sub par which will create trails of equal caliber. Please be aware of this and ride wisely.   

Please respect the trails. Being able to cross an individual’s private property is a PRIVILEGE not a Right…

Onto the touchy part of our volunteering.  When December 1st rolls around and conditions aren’t ideal we have to constantly juggle the dilemma of when is the right time to start grooming.  The JVTC is fortunate enough to have decades of knowledge of Northern Michigan trails from our board of directors all the way down to our three trail masters and awesome volunteer groomer operators.  Our decisions to groom are calculated decisions and many times involve conversations with area grooming clubs, groomer operators, trail users, MSA volunteers as well as our DNR contact.  Many times our decisions are accurate, but there are also times we make the wrong call, it is literally a flip of the coin (which would somedays be a better option).  Many of these decisions involve the short-term forecast and snowfall on the ground.  These decisions aren’t always popular by a few but in the end most of the time the right decisions are made to benefit the trials as we move forward into the season.  While these decisions are made we have to upholding our commitment as a grant sponsor to make educated decisions for the betterment of the program.  At anytime our trail users have questions about what happens behind the scenes we are always here to answer questions.  Send a message to the Jordan Valley Trails Council Facebook page or email and you will be put in contact with the appropriate people promptly.  We’re always looking for volunteers to help with trail work, drop us a line if your interested.

The Jordan Valley Trails Council is a joint effort between the Antrim County Snowmobile Club, East Jordan Trailblazers, and the Charlevoix Snowmobile Club. Please support these clubs and remember all the trail workers and groomer drivers are volunteers! GIVE THEM A BIG THUMBS UP!

Our fleet includes a John Deere 6150R with a 8 1/2′ Dubie Groomer with dual 30″ wings out of East Jordan, a John Deere 6215R with a 9 1/2′ Dubie Groomer with 30″ dual wings out of Elmira, and a Pisten Bully 400 with a 9 1/2′ Dubie Groomer with dual 30″ wings centered in Mancelona. At full load out 2 of our 3 groomers are capable of  grooming 14 1/2′ of snow in one pass! We also have a John Deere 5090 that the Jordan Valley Trails Council owns with a front bucket and Dubie Brush Cutter front attachment for limb cutting as well as 2 mower attachments for storm and seasonal clean up as well as a rear Dubie blade

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