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Old 02-09-2015, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default Trail Conditions 2-09-15

Lots of sled traffic out there this weekend. Combination of pent-up energy, great trails and the I-500. We were forecasted to get between 3 and 6" of snow on Saturday, and I can say yep... we got somewhere around that. There was just a ton of high winds with that snow which caught me off guard, and it was kinda a blizzard out there. Trails has drifts on them, and the Saturday runs had a bit of trouble getting the mougles out underneath the new snow, so some trails - mostly the Grade were a bit bumpy on Sunday. The guys worked hard last night and are getting things fixed back up, even double grooming the grade in places to get it back to what you expect from the snow-highway region.

Enjoy riding today and tomorrow because the bottom is going to fall out of the temps starting on Wednesday through the weekend. Single digit temps with below zero wind chill is going to make riding cold, and pond hockey even colder. Wednesdays should being 1-3".

Groomers are running all week, with some new training here and there. The loggers are still plowing part of the Caffey trail for about 4 miles. We are grooming the road too so there is snow and it is passable, but a little bumpy from the truck traffic.

Treeline to Mackinac Island is up and being used.

This weekend is the 9th annual LaBatte Blue UP Pond Hockey Championships. Town is very busy, so rooms are scarce if you don't already have a reservation. Call the chamber/visitors bureau if you want to head up, I heard there are just a few rooms left, and they will know where they are. There will be hockey all day on the bay on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday till afternoon. They have ice bowling, a heated beer tent and run a free Pub shuttle to the hotels all over town for the whole weekend. Check it out, it is an experience for sure.
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:22 PM   #2
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Weather.com says:
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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GAYLORD HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS
EVENING TO 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING...SNOW MOVES INTO THE ADVISORY AREA BETWEEN 10 PM AND
MIDNIGHT...AND CONTINUES THROUGH MIDDAY WEDNESDAY BEFORE
TAPERING OFF.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES BETWEEN 9 PM TONIGHT AND 6 AM
WEDNESDAY. AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES BETWEEN 6 AM AND 1 PM
WEDNESDAY. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES EXPECTED.
SNOWFALL CHARACTER EXPECTED TO BE MORE OF THE LIGHT/FLUFFY
VARIETY.
And my NOAA Source issues a total over the next 24 hours of 2.9 inches. We will see who is correct.
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:38 PM   #3
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And my NOAA Source issues a total over the next 24 hours of 2.9 inches. We will see who is correct.

Just love snow is in the forecast. See ya Thurs.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:27 AM   #4
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Only 1" so far. Decent snow though - packy.

I imagine off-trail is getting pretty decent.
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Old 02-11-2015, 06:35 PM   #5
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For those with aftermarket cans or modifications, I got this email a little while ago:

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just got this email from forwarded from a friend....he received it from the DNR in the Keweenaw......
"Paul:
Our C.O.ís wrote 7 tickets last weekend in the Keweenaw for Decibel violations. They tested the sleds, photographed the cans, and video taped the testing just so there wouldnít be any argument in court.
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Anyway, they could have written more and we definitely have a problem with loud sleds angering landowners and the general public.
I want the word to get out so we can get a certain measure of voluntary compliance. Obviously we canít test everyone.
We will be out again this weekend doing decibel patrols........
Don't know anything about it, just what you read here. I doubt they will be around here with pond hockey this weekend, but the West end of the UP, who knows.
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I for one am glad they are enforcing it. In at least one province in Canada you can get a ticket for any aftermarket exhaust, no sound test needed.
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I for one am glad they are enforcing it. In at least one province in Canada you can get a ticket for any aftermarket exhaust, no sound test needed.
As it should be !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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As it should be !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If the aftermarket exhaust passes the sound level test, it should be legal. Manufactures can and should be able to make lightweight exhaust cans that meet ALL requirements.
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If the aftermarket exhaust passes the sound level test, it should be legal. Manufactures can and should be able to make lightweight exhaust cans that meet ALL requirements.

I agree---If it passes LEGAL sound level requirements.
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