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Old 01-30-2017, 10:30 AM   #1
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Default Trail Conditions 1-30-17

A tail of good and bad for this report.

The bad:
The South half of our trails are thin. There are definitely some sports that are pretty icy. Grooming is very sporadic, and I just can’t keep any kind of a schedule with the personal and weather conditions available.

The good, after a partial groom on Friday and Saturday (Thank you Tucker & Bobby) things are not really that bad out there. The groomers came across many water holes, and very very soft and saturated conditions, but were for the most part able to level things out. Some areas are still in poor condition – mainly due to the lack of snow. Some areas are in fantastic condition, flat and fast. I got reports of gravel on the RR Grade – mainly South of Moran, mougled trails – mainly near Trout Lake, thin trails with some sand - mainly near Cut River, and fantastic trails – mainly the burma and Caffey trails headed to Rexton.

Where do we stand? I am going to upgrade us to fair condition. It was cold here over the weekend, and that should have closed up the water holes that were out there. After the weekend, I am going to say that everything on the Norther side of the system is in good shape. Everything on the South half of the system is fair – but there are some very difficulty areas to pass, including stretches of gravel on the RR Grade and an all ice road for Castle Rock and Round Lake roads, the South 7 miles of #471.

Where are we going? Hoping for snow. It looks like the weather pattern for the next couple of weeks has returned to a more normal winter for temperatures. Things look good for the upcoming week, and we are going to have a couple days of single digit temps, and highs in the 20s for the rest of it. Good to go there. Precip is our issue. The clipper system coming in tomorrow and Wednesday looks to have shifted South more then last weeks models, and it is now looking like we are only going to get 1-2” out of it, if that. The Lake effect machine will start up in the normal belts, as per usual we are left out of that. Time will tell, we may head into another weekend looking for snow.

Forecast:
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Today:#Mostly cloudy, with highs mainly in the upper teens. South wind around 5 mph.#

Tonight:#Mostly cloudy, with lows mostly in the upper teens. Southeast wind around 5 mph.#

Tuesday:#Scattered snow showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs mainly in the upper 20s. East wind around 5 mph . Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night:#Snow showers likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with lows around 20. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.#

Wednesday:#Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs mostly in the middle 20s. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday Night:#A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 9.#

Thursday:#A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs mainly in the middle teens.#

Thursday Night:#Mostly cloudy, with lows around 6.#

Friday:#Partly sunny, with highs mainly in the upper teens.#

Friday Night:#A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows near 11.#

Saturday:#A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with highs mostly in the lower 20s.#

Saturday Night:#A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 13.#

Sunday:#Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with highs mainly in the middle 20s.#
In other news:
The Bent Ski Classic is still planned for Feb 11th. Check out the links and make some time to come up – it is going to be a blast.

Pond Hockey ICE REPORT:
After several false starts with ice in the bay, drifting ice, and mostly open water, super calm winds, and cold temps over the weekend froze the bay solid and perfectly flat. Ideal conditions, and a perfect start – if not a bit late. The big lake is always our first choice on that, and things look promising. We need 10” of ice before Feb 18th. Lets hope for the best. If not, there are 2-3 backup options, so it should go on regardless.
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 1-30-17

We got about an inch of system snow last night. Every little bit helps.
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 1-30-17

I agree...every bit counts! I will see the wonderful Straits Trails Friday morning. Thanks for the updates.

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