Snow Cover: 12" in undisturbed areas
Date of Report: February 14, 2017
The temps climbed to the low 40s with bright sun Monday. South facing slopes & road crossings took a beating. Low 30s today & tomorrow then they spike into the 40s for Friday thru Monday. The future of this season looks bleak.
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 fair rating but expect some poor & good conditions thrown in too. South facing slopes (which we have few of), the north edges of east west trails & inside of turns will deteriorate first.
Road crossings on Hwy 45 are poor. Crossings on K near town also fair. The trail near the Energy Mart west to the 1st intersection (45 S) is brown & nasty. The area on 13N/45N about 2 miles north of K but south of the bridge is poor with lots of snirt & bare dirt.
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.