Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: Hard base on average 2 inches some grainy - Plenty of new snow on top
Date of Report: February 4, 2018
TRAILS FAIR TO GOOD
Wow! SNOW began to fall Friday evening and continued most of yesterday. About 5-6 inches of new SNOW out there. Was out riding over the last several days found plenty of SNOW on trails & found trail areas that were thin & grainy. Everywhere there is a hard icy base. Areas where there are SNOW blow outs in the corners too. In town there is SNOW cover but with the heavy traffic a lot of snirt. Moving out of town trails improve immediately. Seemed that areas with heavy tree cover where the SNOW doesn’t get down onto the trail were thin. And areas that were open the sun a few days back were thinner & grainy. Rating them FAIR to GOOD.
Grooming continued last night and the tracking systems shows NEARLY All Trails with the exception of Trail Grampa Grahm/Trail 1 off of 10E & the road spur trail to Lumpy’s on Bloom Rd to Spruce Rd were not groomed. Not sure but also does not look like the Trig’s Spur was not groomed. Should be good riding today.
2 below zero at 7:30am with a high of 6 today. Back below zero again tonight. Teens & single digits during the day and below zero every night forecast through all of this coming week. Time to Ride!
The sled traffic over the last few days has been very high. Many large groups. Lots of families. Noticed many rental sleds out on the trail too. Enjoying a first taste of riding in Eagle River, THE SNOWMOBILE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD® Not many places you can go where you can park your tow vehicle. Hop on your sled going everywhere you want without having to use that tow vehicle for your entire stay!
Here are a few continuing reminders on the trails:
- Trail 1N logging operation continues in the section between the Town of Washington Town Hall & Eagle Lake. Right now there are logs in piles along sections of the trail. With the log piles and icy grainy conditions in that section it would be good to slow down. Very icy corners.
CATFISH LAKE LOOP & EAGLE LAKE TRAILS ARE NOW BOTH MARKED AND OFFICIALLY OPEN. PLEASE STAY BY THE ORANGE REFLECTIVE BARRELS TO BE SAFE. REMINDER THE CATFISH LAKE LOOP TO LUMPY’S IS NO LONGER A TRAIL.
Yes the Ice Castle is still up! If you are riding zip on over to the “grade” to check out the 2018 Eagle River Area Fire Department ICE CASTLE!!!! Located adjacent to the downtown “grade” trail by the Historic Railroad Grade. The lights installed change colors. Ice benches as part of the Castle let you take photos of your group. Check out this link Eagle River Ice Castle to check out a video of the Ice Castle building. Warm did do damage to the turrets of the Castle. Good the cold is back.
Next on the Winter events schedule is the 13th Annual LaBatt Blue Pond Hockey set for February 9-11 on Dollar Lake east of Eagle River. Check out the is link LaBatt Blue Pond Hockey for info.
Got back from a 3 days sledding trip with 9 other Sno-Eagles riders on Friday. Rode many Vilas County Trails riding west & north on our way up the UP to White Pine, Michigan. Side trip to Lake of the Clouds. Thursday it snowed like crazy up there. Headed back home coming down more east & south to Watersmeet. Riding 3 toward town. Then our group separated. Some taking 10W/13N. Others rode with us to 3N & 17N intersection. 2 more dropped off there. 5 of us headed east on 17N to 1 to Eagle Lake Trail. 2 of the group dropped off mid lake to head to their house. Met lots of riders on Eagle Lake. The last 3 of us picked up 10E near 70E Road House and headed home. Over 300 miles and had a great time! Yesterday my ride was a short one of about 70-80 miles. Husband Tom & friends rode about 120 miles. We all found riding great!
THINK COLD & Keep Dancin’!
See ya on the trails again today!
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Every Wednesday & Thursday throughout the snowmobiling season – Sno-Eagles Guided Trail Ride. Meet at the Historic Railroad Depot on Trail 13 in town at 9am. All are welcome. Trail conditions permitting.
Feb 6 – Board of Directors meeting, Hall of Fame
Feb 9-11 – 13th Annual LaBatt Blue Pond Hockey on Dollar Lake
- Feb 15 – Member Meeting – Eddie B’s – 6pm
- Feb 18 – Celebrate Snowmobiling Dignitary Ride & Gathering
- Feb 24 – Ride With Pride drawing – TrackSide – 12noon
- Feb 24 – Trail Ride following Ride With Pride drawing
- Feb 24 – Saturday Night Out – Silver Leaf – 5:30pm
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