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Old 01-07-2010, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default Trail Conditions 1-07-10

More of the same around here. Quite thin but ridable for sure, with little sled traffic. The ice base is holding up just fine, and there is between 1"-4" or a little more most everywhere. All of the trails are flat and good riding, and the groomers are reporting no major problems out there. The RR Grade specifically from St. Ignace to Moran is deteriorating however with more and more use, as re really have not seen any new snow in the last week or more. The open areas along the grade have a few more rocks poking through now. These areas are really not that long and are more of a nuisance then a big problem - but I wanted to let you know what to expect. The pipeline section also has some sand mixed in on the trail, but there is plenty of area to ride out there, so again not a big problem, just something to be aware of.

There is a poker run, organized by the Driftwood this weekend. Sign up between 8 and 11 at the Driftwood. The Club is having a trail stop on the North end of Trail #473, (Borland Road & Burma Grade) Meet and greet with the groomers with a bonfire, and have snacks and beverages. We will be there from 10-3 for sure.

We need more snow, period. For the meantime I am running groomers on a limited basis, keeping things flat for sure, trying to keep the snow on the trail too. We defiantly do not need to run a full schedule without more snow. The forecast for this area does not really look good in that regard:

Friday...Cloudy. Light snow showers likely early...then chance of light snow showers in the afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs around 17. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy early then becoming partly cloudy. Chance of flurries. Lows around 4. North winds up to 10 mph.

Saturday...Mostly cloudy. Chance of flurries. Highs around 19. West winds up to 10 mph.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 12.

Sunday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 20s.

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 16.

Monday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of light snow. Highs in the mid 20s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows around 13.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s.

Tuesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 19.

Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 30s.

Things are not perfect, they are quite thin, but trails are perfectly ridable, and you will not be tearing up sleds either. Might as well head tis direction!

Sorry these are all the trail pics I have today, I did not get a chance to get up on the North end of the system. These are taken within 4 miles of Iggy. They show that trings are pretty good, and yes there are a few rocks poking through on the grade. Gotta work with what you got.
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 1-07-10

It sure looks rideable...
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