Snow Cover: 10" - 12" in undisturbed areas
Date of Report: February 2, 2017
The groomers have been out nightly for the past week repairing the melt down damage. Temps fell to zero last night & trails firmed up well. We have had about 2″ of light snow over the past several days that has at least turned the brown snow banks white & gave us something to groom into the old stuff. A clipper is forecast for Saturday with temps staying cold thru the weekend.
Trail conditions are good to very good with a periodic excellent depending on the trail you are on and the time of day. The only real exception to this is right near town (particularly west along K until the WI river bridge) where the trails are fair. Watch for ice in corners, not every corner, it’s hit or miss.
Twin Haven via the new trail; Trail is nice except for the last 3/4 mile where it turns off the grade. This section has now been groomed & is much better but still has new trail bumps. For those running along the power lines N from 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 had lots of snow. They are frozen again, but watch for the possibility of ruts on the lakes. More snow is needed to smoothen out the lakes.
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. 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.
Conover Blizzard Blast is February 18th at the Conover Town Park on Hwy K east.