Snow Cover: 8" & melting fast
Date of Report: February 18, 2017
We have hit mid 50’s with sunshine both Friday & Saturday. All exposed areas took a beating, road crossings and most road routes are bare. I’m rating the trails poor with some areas unridable and some wooded areas fair.
Vilas trails are technically open but I can only advise staying off the trails. Lakes are OK but slushy, stay by the barrels. Temps are forecast in the 40’s & 50’s until Thursday with a cool down and then snow on Friday/Saturday.
All grooming operations are suspended until the weather changes.
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.