Snow Cover: 13" - 15" in undisturbed areas
Date of Report: February 12, 2017
Friday’s traffic was high and Saturday’s traffic was off the charts. Trails took a beating Saturday in particular. The warm weather forecast for the weekend has stayed just below freezing with overcast, so the snow has survived. Temps may sneak above freezing today and Monday, hopefully not too far than drop back to mid 20s Tuesday.
Both groomers were out again last night. Temps stayed near 30 overnight so trails most likely didn’t firm up well. Trails will start the day smooth but if traffic is high, they will get beat quickly again today.
I’m giving the trails a good rating but expect very good with some excellent thrown in too. (Very good is not an option when posting a report)
Road crossings on Hwy 45 are fair. Crossings on K near town also fair.
We are not grooming behind the cemetery on the way to Pioneer Lake.
Twin Haven via the new trail; It has smoothened out nicely now. For those running along the power lines heading north from the North Twin boat ramp, you now have a stop sign at the grade, E/W traffic has the right of way.
The lakes are marked and pretty smooth now.
News and Reports:
It crossed my mind that for those of you that have never snowmobiled in Vilas or surrounding, it is unlike areas further south. We really have nearly zero farm field crossings. Most riding is in the woods, some trails are on old rail grades & there are lots of lake crossings. But, be prepared to travel a distance to the next stop, especially along the northern portions of the county. Food is hard to find on Tuesdays, carry a snack.
Please stay on the trails; Trespassing is the fastest way to loose trails. Don’t forget you need a WI trail permit to ride the state’s groomed trail system. Aggressive riding causes more trail damage than slower, less aggressive riding. Ride right & be safe.
Northwoods Blizzard Blast is February 18th at the Conover Town Park on Hwy K east.