Snow Cover: 6-10" in the woods
Date of Report: February 1, 2017
We received 3-5″ of fresh snow on Monday. It was a pretty light snow, so it didn’t do much to increase the trail base. At the very least, it freshened up the trails and covered some of the bare spots in the exposed areas of the trails. I rode a section of our trail system last night, and I still have them in good condition. The trail base is hard and mostly flat. There are some stutter bumps, that won’t be completely filled in without some good wet snow. The snowmobile routes on roadways are kinda thin, but are not 100% pavement.
The lakes that were crossed last night, showed the slush as being completely frozen. As a result, they are good and hard, but have varying amounts of hard ruts due to the frozen slush.
We are back on regular grooming, and the trails should be good for the weekend.
One thing to be aware of, is some wet areas are popping up in the swamps. The January thaw resulted in the loss of the frost in some of the wetter areas. We have been working on these spots to allow them to freeze up, but some still exist. They aren’t deal breakers, but do require some focus on getting through them quickly and safely. There is one wet spot on trail 13 North – east of Rhinelander (just south of Hwy C.). There is one on trail 17 (near the Al Gen Supper club). There are a few small ones just north of Pine Harbor bar.