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Old 02-04-2010, 11:04 AM   #1
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Well, sorry to sound like a broken record, but more of the same around here. Things are very thin, with a few bad areas, but perfectly ridable. All of our trails have a super good ice base on them, and at least an inch of cooling snow on them. As you get about 4 miles North of Iggy, it gets better on the Western loop, and stays the same going North on the RR Grade until North of Moran. I just talked to a group of firefighters from Ohio that rode to Cut River last night, and aside from the couple of bad spots on the RR Grade, and the 1 mile section of the pipeline on #473 like I have been reporting, they enjoyed their ride, and found some good snow. (I hope you enjoy your ride to the falls today folks!)

One good thing about the trails being this thin, is that there is not enough snow to make bumps. Things are smooth and fast. We are running the groomers every couple of days as we cycle new people in the rotation. I will continue with the partial schedule until the snow pics up. Speaking of, next system snow may be on Monday-Tuesday time frame.

The water has opened back up to Mackinac Island. Ice bridge is looking like a more distant possibility this year. I will know what is going on for pond hockey later this evening if anyone is interested.

A have a bunch of pics for ya. All of these pics are taken between Iggy and Moran, this morning. It shows how the RR Grade mostly is looking good, with a couple of rocks poking through here and there. But it also shows the worst spot on the grade from Moran to Cast Rock Rd (#473) intersection. You can see there is a few hundred feet of mostly bare ground out in the open trail section. You have a couple of there areas between 473 & Moran, after that it is clear sailing.
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:29 PM   #2
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Great pics, Neil! Even though I don't snowmobile, I do ride these trails with my bike in the summer. Looks nice in winter, too!
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Well, sorry to sound like a broken record, but more of the same around here. Things are very thin, with a few bad areas, but perfectly ridable. All of our trails have a super good ice base on them, and at least an inch of cooling snow on them. As you get about 4 miles North of Iggy, it gets better on the Western loop, and stays the same going North on the RR Grade until North of Moran. I just talked to a group of firefighters from Ohio that rode to Cut River last night, and aside from the couple of bad spots on the RR Grade, and the 1 mile section of the pipeline on #473 like I have been reporting, they enjoyed their ride, and found some good snow. (I hope you enjoy your ride to the falls today folks!)

One good thing about the trails being this thin, is that there is not enough snow to make bumps. Things are smooth and fast. We are running the groomers every couple of days as we cycle new people in the rotation. I will continue with the partial schedule until the snow pics up. Speaking of, next system snow may be on Monday-Tuesday time frame.

The water has opened back up to Mackinac Island. Ice bridge is looking like a more distant possibility this year. I will know what is going on for pond hockey later this evening if anyone is interested.

A have a bunch of pics for ya. All of these pics are taken between Iggy and Moran, this morning. It shows how the RR Grade mostly is looking good, with a couple of rocks poking through here and there. But it also shows the worst spot on the grade from Moran to Cast Rock Rd (#473) intersection. You can see there is a few hundred feet of mostly bare ground out in the open trail section. You have a couple of there areas between 473 & Moran, after that it is clear sailing.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:23 PM   #3
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I feel like I am stuck in the movie "Dude, Where's my Snow?"


I just got back from Pond hockey meeting, and it looks like it is just about on, no matter what. We have between 7" & 16" if ice in that area, so I am supposed to lay out 24 rinks next Tuesday or Wednesday. Game-On.

BTW, they are adding another shuttle, and extending hours from noon, to 2:30am to ferry everyone on the pub crawl.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:38 PM   #4
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Started snowing here in Ohio about 1 oclock today, wish we could send it up to Iggy, cause it is just making a mess around here. Not enough to ride on but it would do the trails up north wonders, wet and heavy great for packing. Cant post any picks as I do not know how,maybe Wink can handle that.
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:29 PM   #5
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Still snowing hard at 8:30. I'll post pics in the morning. Calling for 7 - 10.
My kid still wants to head up to the auction tomorrow to look at sleds. He ain't right. Don't know where he gets that from.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:16 PM   #6
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As I understand it, the trails are taking a bit of a beating out there. Things are just wearing out. The cut river & caffey trails are still in good shape, but the others are just wearing out and are icy. I think we will shut the groomers back down after Mondays run, until we get some more snow. Huh, more snow, how about ANY snow.
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:54 AM   #7
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I'll be up next weekend. Hopefully you can do the Indian snow dance.
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:26 PM   #8
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Neil, this is Billl from Dayton. I was with the group from Ohio this past week. Based on the lack of snow your trails were very good after the pipe line and from Iggy to Moran. The group was very pleased with the ride, we rode 210 miles on Thursday including the Falls. The Wed. night trip for dinner in Cut River was very nice. The group had a great time. There were 6 first timers and I think a few may take up the sport! Keep up the good work and I will also do the snow dance!!
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Well guy's I just rode in to Brevort on Friday from my trip to Copper Harbor (from Brevort) and back and was surprised with the conditions of the trails coming from Newberry (trail 9/2) to Rexton (trail 2/Caffey) to Brevort.

Any of the trails north of M-28 are great! South of that get a little iffy.

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And if you go north of M-28 this is what you get.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:43 AM   #11
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Was up last weekend and rode out of Moran. Trails were thin but rideable.

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