Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: 16 to 18 inches (+/-) in the woods
Date of Report: January 23, 2018
Mother Nature left us a winter wonderland yesterday and last night. She gave us 8 to 10 inches of Pure White Gold. The best part is that it was heavy/wet snow that packed down great – increasing the base. We did a full groom last night leveling and packing Mother Nature’s gift. The not-as-good news is that the weather forecast is currently calling for 43 degrees Friday. However, with this last dumping of snow that Weather System Jaxon left us; one day of 40s will not hurt so bad. It would sure be great if when it is that warm, that riders would take it easy on the trails. When it is that warm, the base is very vulnerable to damage. It is supposed to be 33 and 24 the next two days, so this is not supposed to be an extended warm up. Again – this is the current forecast. Forecasts change almost every time you go back and look.
As always, ride with caution and be ready for icy corners. Many corners can start the day snow covered but end up icy with traffic.
Please continue to be cautious on the lakes. The weight of more snow can force the ice down which pushes water up through cracks to form a slush pocket. The slush pockets can come and go.
News and Reports:
There are logging operations in the following locations: Trail 9 between Hwy 70 (TIN 364) and Ross Lake Rd (TIN 225), Trail 7 between Wharton Lake Rd (TIN 218) and Old K (Tin 217), and Trail 7 between Hwy K (TIN 216) and Lake Laura Rd (TIN 214). There is also logging in the Jean Lake Rd area of Trail 7 North, between TINS 227 & 800. That logging should be in the woods off the trail.
(TIN = Trail Intersection Numbers)
Please watch out for these logging areas. Slow down and stay out of the way of the loggers. DO NOT hassle the loggers. They have the right to close down sections of any trail they are logging near or using. If they get hassled too much, that is exactly what they will do – shut that trail down. The logging operations can run at anytime of the day or night. Loggers use some of the trails to drive in and out. So please be watchful in logging areas for trucks on the trail.
This Saturday, January 27th, is the Jesse Roman Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Show. It starts at 9am and runs until 4pm. It is centered around Sayner Pub. Proceeds raised go to the Vilas County Historical Museum.