We weathered all of the weather, good and bad. The rain was minimal in its overall effect in fact it may have helped in the long run as the snow that you were riding on and we were grooming was just beginning to show signs of fatigue. About a nano second after the rain decided to stop the wind decided to blow and then the snow kicked in. It was snowing horizontally for hours and I have no idea how much we actually ended up with, it wasn’t a huge total but the drifting in spots was impressive.
I couldn’t get a report out until now because I wanted to groom and get a first hand look and we couldn’t groom yesterday as everything needed a day to freeze up. All in all I was pleased with today’s effort. I was pulling good snow basically all of the way and there were only a couple of corners that were showing signs of ice in the inside radius. I would give the trails a good rating based on what I’ve seen so far and I groomed that pesky trail south of M-72 today. If there’s a trail that’s going to be skinny it’s that one.
When we are faced with a rain turning to snow event it’s easy to get all nervous and jerky fearing the worst. This time we made out okay, the rain wasn’t too heavy and there was enough snow to sustain and we have snow in the forecast.
GROOMING: We are down a tractor and it’s highly unlikely that we will see the wounded tractor back for this season. We can groom with one and the only difference that you might notice are the weekend runs at night which will be done with one tractor instead of two. The trail south of M-72 will be done during the day as usual and the Lovells trail will not be done at all over the weekend due to military training that will shut that trail down all together. The Lovells trail will close at 8 am Saturday and will reopen after 8 am Monday this weekend and the following weekend will be 8 am Friday and reopen 8 am Monday.
Temps look to hold next week so it’s a pretty safe bet at this point that we’ll get at least another week and weekend out of this deal.
Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls