Snow Cover: 8" in undisturbed areas
Date of Report: February 28, 2017
Temps in the high 30’s with sun yesterday and cloudy/damp today. About 1/2 of last Friday’s snowfall is gone. Trails are thin & ungroomed with bare sports, road crossings are bare. No snow in the forecast with 40’s by the weekend. Expect water/slush in low areas.
Phelps has closed all trails except for 6W towards Lando/Conover and ER has closed the 10/13 WI river crossing. Most lakes have been unmarked & are questionable.
There is talk of a county wide trail closing coming soon & truthfully, I support it. At this point, I recommend not riding. Trail conditions are poor or worse.
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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.