January 29, 2023
16 degrees this morning with a light snow. We got about 6″ of snow since my last report and the temps have been cold and they are forecasted to remain cold so things are looking much better!
We have been really busy this weekend. The traffic has been heavy and we have been runnin’ the groomers almost around the clock so lets get at it…….
The Pine Stump trail #8 is in great shape.
The Point trails #452 & #452 are in good shape and gettin’ better. The snow the last couple days sure has helped.
The Falls trail #45 is looking better also. All water holes are froze in now except the one big one but you can get around it easily.
The South trail #8 is gettin’ better also. The swamp south of town is still closed but we are gonna go in there tomorrow and see how it looks. There is one water hole on the power line thats giving us a hard time. You can get around it easy enough but you just have to be careful.
We are runnin’ all trails again today to clean up from the busy weekend.
Thats all I have for ya`s. Things are looking better an better every cold and snowy day!
LET `ER SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 26, 2023
23 degrees this morning with a light snow falling and a NW breeze. Now thats what we need!! “They” didn`t say anything about snow today but with the wind switch ya never know. “They” are calling for a quick system coming thru tomorrow and maybe 1-3 inches….now we`re talking….then temps dropping like a rock…..gettin better!!! I have some good news and not so good news so lets get at it….
First the good. Groomer Mike C. ran the Pine Stump trail #8 yesterday and called it good.
Groomer Mike H. ran the Point trails #452 & #453 yesterday also and called them 90% good. The other 10% as just fair, maybe a little lower cause of the lack of snow. Now, Mike is a character, he`s got his own rating system, but I keep telling him I can`t use it cause it might offend someone, you know people nowadays. LOL.
Now the not so good. We have been busting our butts on the Falls trail and the South trail to try and fill in all the water holes. We got them pretty good the other day then it decides to warm up into the low 30`s yesterday, that really hurt us. Groomer Kevin ran the Falls trail last night and he said everything looked good on his way out but on the way back the warmer temps took its toll. A big hole opened up by the Lower Falls. You can get around it but you have to be very careful. We are gonna take a run out there this afternoon with just a machine and see what we can do.
Groomer Dave M. ran the South trail #8 and went thru the swamp with a drag for the first time. He said the same thing as above but worse. It was down right ugly in there on his way back. The gates are closed, don`t even think about going around them. The rest of the trail turned out pretty good. We are getting frustrated. We were hoping to open up this entire trail by this weekend. The cold temps forecasted for the next week or more will help us out a lot.
So there ya have it…..the good, the bad, and the ugly.
LET `ER SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 25, 2023
29 degrees this morning with that dog gone stiff SE wind. We really need to get rid of that SE wind and switch it to the NW! We did pick up about 3″ of snow last Monday night but then the wind switched. The temps are supposed to drop after today but I don`t see much for snow coming this way, ya`ll down state are stealing it! I`ve got some good progress news, so here we go…….
Me an Dave made it thru the infamous swamp south of town yesterday. We got all the water holes packed in pretty good. Dave is gonna take a drag thru there today and continue on and groom the whole South trail #8. He is gonna close the gates behind him on the swamp to let it freeze in some, then I plan on runnin it again on Friday and hopefully open `er up.
Groomers Mike C., Kevin and Glenn ran thru the Falls trail with just the machines yesterday also and worked on those water holes. They got those filled in pretty good also and Kevin is gonna hit it again today with a drag and smooth things out. The gates remain open, just be careful.
We will hit the other 2 sections of trail today too and all should be decent in sno-mo world. All we really need is Mother Nature to give us a foot and I could totally drop the green flag, but for now, I can say come on UP, just expect kinda early season ridin`.
Ride Right…….Ride Safe….this weekend might be busy and act like you are not the only one on the trails!!
LET `ER SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 23, 2023
28 degrees and cloudy again this morning. Got this report out a little late this morning cause I was waiting for all the guys that ran yesterday to get their report to me. I`ve got a full run down of all our trails, so here we go…….
Groomer Mike C. hit the Pine Stump trail #8 and said its in good shape. There are some thin spots but all in all pretty darn good.
Groomer Glenn ran the Point trails #452 & #453 and said pretty much the same thing. He told me the trail is in great shape except for a thin section along the Doe Lake Road ridge. This section is on the north east side. It is pretty canopied over with trees which doesn`t let the snow hit the ground.
Groomer Kevin ran the Falls trail #45 and said the same thing too. All in all this trail is in good shape but there are about a half dozen water holes you have to look out for. You can get around them but you just have to be careful. We have one detour cut around a large water hole about 6 miles west of town so look out for that.
I ran the South trail #8 and have the same thoughts. This trail is in good shape but there are a few thin spots and a couple of water holes you have to watch out for. I skipped the swamp south of town again, more on that in a sec.
For today, we are all gonna take a rest (lol) and do a little maintance on the machines. Tomorrow we are gonna take 2 machines and poke our noses into the south swamp. Once we are done with that we will switch drivers and take 2 machines and go work on the water holes on the Falls trail, then Wednesday go out and get everything groomed up and get ready for the weekend. I see we MIGHT have a little snow coming so that will be a big help!
So……there ya go…..a full run down on our trails and plans. You make the decision whether or not to come UP this weekend. You`ll get plenty of ridin in but it won`t be perfect (unless we get a foot of snow). Think early season ridin and you`ll have a blast!!!
LET `ER SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 22, 2023
24 degrees this morning and cloudy. No new snow in the last couple of days and I don`t see much coming in the forecast for the next few days either….bummer…..we could use some for sure. I`m heading out the door to go grooming so here`s a quick update…..
Groomer Mike C. ran the Pine Stump trail #8 yesterday and called it good. There still is a few thin spots but its looking better every day. He`s gonna run it again today.
Groomer Mike H. ran the Point trails #452 & #453 yesterday also and said the same. We are gonna hit those trails again today.
I am heading south on trail #8 this morning. I will skip the swamp again but we are planning a recon trip thru there for Tuesday.
Groomer Kevin is gonna run the Falls trail #45 today also.
So……there ya have it. We are busting our butts to get all trails in great shape….just for you! Sure could use some more snow tho so do your best snow dances!
Remember……Ride Right…..Ride Safe, so you can come back and do it all over again!!!!!
LET `ER SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 21, 2023
21 degrees this morning and cloudy. I got more good news so lets rock-n-roll……
Groomer Dave`s run yesterday on the south trail #8 turned out pretty decent. He made it thru the federal forest section with only minor water problems. He told me you can make it thru there but just be careful and he did leave the gates open. There is one water hole on the power line but you can get around that, again, just be careful. We are gonna give it a couple more days before we head into the infamous swamp tho.
I`ve got even better news for the Falls trail #45! Groomer Mike C. first went thru without a drag just to check things out. He then came back and got a drag and groomed the entire trail!!! There are a couple of muddy stretches and a couple of water holes but you can get around them, again, just be careful. The gates are open……finally!!!!!!
Today, we are hittin the Pine Stump trail #8 and the Point trails #452 & #453.
Everything is starting to look better, just be careful, think early season ridin for now until we can get more snow.
Remember…….RIDE RIGHT…….RIDE SAFE……..and……..
LET `ER SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 20, 2023
20 degrees this morning and cloudy. Got nutin but good news so lets go!!!!
She was snowin an blowin all day yesterday…….now thats more like it!!!! I had steady 20-25 mph winds here at my place. Its hard to tell how much snow we got but I`ll call it at least 8″. I have waist high drifts in my parking lot! Talked to da boss last night and here`s da plan……
Groomer Dave M. is gonna head south this morning (but skip the swamp for now) and get that trail back in shape. He will run thru the federal forest section thats been closed (cause of water) and see what that looks like. In case you don`t know, the federal forest section on trail #8 is the section between M-123 and Lakeshore Drive. If it comes out decent he`ll leave the gates open.
Groomer Mike C. is gonna take just a machine and work on the Falls trail #45. We haven`t been able to open this trail up safely yet this year!
Tomorrow we`ll hit the Pine Stump trail #8 and the Point trails #452 & #453. If the Falls trail looks decent we may even poke our heads into the swamp south of town.
The weather looks like it will cooperate now, and the winds are switching to the NW, so we are gonna bust our butts to get every trail open!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Things are lookin much better……….I`m excited……..LET `ER SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!