|12-26-2017, 11:14 AM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: St. Ignace
Trail Conditions 12-26-17
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. It looks like I was put on the naughty list and received nothing again. The snows predicted for Christmas day lasted for 20 minutes and the Straits System saw nothing from it at all. Crazy as the North shore has seen a over a foot, and just South in Petoskey they got 20" of lake effect, but we were in the sucker hole again.
I know it is not what you want to hear from us, but we are still not grooming, and I can't put a date on the first panning yet. The lack of snow, the fact that what we have is already settled down some, and what isn't was lake effect powder, and the amount of water in the woods just doesn't make sense to go out and hammer on the equipment. Wayne says we need another 5-6" in Moran, and Bobby says we need another 8-10" in Epoufette to start operations.
Can you ride on our trails right now? Yep. Super early season conditions though. You will find some water (for awhile) and rocks for sure. ANy amount of traffic will turn them to snirt for sure. I know people have ridden locally for a couple weeks, and others have trailered to Brevort. In fact, we had a downstate trailer in the ice rink lot on Friday which was gone all day, but I didn't catch them when they came back to see how the trails were. Folks are saying 6" of light stuff in the woods, and about 3 inches around towns. The groomer drivers are itching to start, but even they are saying hold off right now.
I do know that Chasers were in to the North side of Trout Lake, and the trail is said to be snow covered. Same with TASA into Rexton - but that is as far as they have come there. Any riding out of our area will likely involve trailering out for the time being.
OK, that was the awful truth about conditions. It is super cold today, and it will be that way all week. Forecast is for continued single digits to teens for the upcoming week which is making ice bigtime. Hopefully that will freezing in all of the water we have, and surrounding club's swamps for a change. Lake effect seems to be the the name of the game for the foreseeable future as there are no BIG storms on the horizon. A small system snow may bring something to us Thursday & Friday with amounts still hazy, but nothing huge.
The forecast is as follows:
VP Straits Area Snowmobile Club
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