Snow Cover: 17" - 18" in the woods
Date of Report: January 16, 2017
Both groomers were out last night. Traffic was heavy Friday night & Saturday with the Vintage Derby weekend in ER & then a constant stream of trailers heading south Sunday. Temps have moderated from the sub-zero lows Friday. Trails should be very good to excellent in the Conover network this morning. How they hold up will depend how high temps climb but I think today will be OK.
Unfortunately, temps are forecast above freezing every day thru Saturday with low 40’s possible by Thursday.
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 have lots of snow. Watch for drifting, North Twin has lots of drifts especially as you head farther east.
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.