Snow Cover: 13" in undisturbed areas
Date of Report: January 19, 2017
Both groomers were out last night. Traffic has been very light since Monday. Temps have climbed to highs above 32 and lows fall back below freezing all week. Trails should be good in the Conover network this morning; How they hold up will depend how high temps climb but it has been foggy all morning so I think today will be OK. The sun is peaking out now at noon.
Unfortunately, temps are forecast above freezing every day thru Monday with low 40’s possible. To add insult, a rain/sleet/who knows what mix is forecast for tomorrow & Saturday. It is Derby weekend and typically traffic is crazy. That mix can destroy trails in a hurry. Lets hope people use good judgment.
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.
Watch for the possibility of slush and/or standing water in low spots along the trails.
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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. 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.