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Old 12-26-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Merry after Christmas, and I hope everyone got exactly what you wanted, and also that little extra thing you didn't even know you needed!

Santa delivered us a late Christmas present in the form of over 6" of lake effect. The forecasts over the last couple of days were just funny, and went from 2-3" one hour, to 8-13" in another, shifting from far West Mackinac County, to SI. What we ended up with was some system snow in Cut River, and then added Lake Effect with all LE here in Iggy. Off trail should be interesting with all the pow out there, it has got to be Paradise deep out there in the woods. Trails are packing down OK, and after giving our groomers time with their families over the holiday, they will both be out running late tonight. The result should be an easy 6" base, with 24"+ off trail. Trails are shifting into excellent condition, with no major issues to worry about. You need to be aware that there is some logging plowing roads in the core of our system, and we are attempting to work with them to keep snow on the trail. There is flowing water over the trail on the RR Grade, 5 miles South of Trout Lake, but North of M-123. Bobby is going to put some hazard signs out tonight, as there is a 12" drop in the trail and nothing we can do about it but groom over it.

Forecast is perfect for sleders, and pre New Years weekend will be epic. Take Monday off, make some reservations, and head North!

Friday A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 9am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as -3. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night A 20 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 27. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Saturday A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph.
Saturday Night Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 15. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 18. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0.
Monday A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 9.
Monday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1.
Tuesday A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 10.
Tuesday Night A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -3.
New Year's Day A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 10.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 12-26-2013

Last nights Brevort groomer report Bob says that he easily had over 12" of snow in a lot of places. Everything this year has been powder, it is stacking up out there.
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:47 PM   #3
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Quick sunday update:

Friday it got warm, and the some of the trails got a bit tore up. We got it flattened back out for Saturday. Saturday it was mid 30s, and really softened everything up for last nights groom. Everything groomed out fantastic last night and as expected froze down hard into the smooth highway base that we were looking for. Bring on the new snow, we are all ready for you and it can only make things better!

Note: please continue to be careful on the flowing ware crossing the RR Grade about 5 miles South of Trout Lake, on the RR Grade (1 mile North of M-123) We have hazard markers up, but it is not something that you want to hit at speed. There is a small trail going around the issue so you can get through, just be aware.
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