What a difference a week makes. A week ago we were grooming 8 to 10 inches of fresh snow. This week we don’t have much to work with in some sections. Can you imagine what conditions would be right now if we didn’t get that snow a week ago? The current forecast is calling for 1 to 3 inches for today. Do your best snow dances and pray they are right!!! It is supposed to be about 29 tomorrow (Wednesday) but then drop back to the teens and single digits for highs after tomorrow.
Our trails average fair with a range from poor on exposed town trails to excellent where the trails are shaded in the woods. Road routes are thin where exposed. Most corners are very icy. We ARE still doing what we can with what we have to work with.
Please continue to be cautious on the lakes. The weight of more snow can force the ice down which pushes water up through cracks to form a slush pocket. The slush pockets can come and go. Ice heaves can also form without warning, as ice expends, and pop up in an area that was smooth the day before.
There are logging operations in the following locations: Trail 9 between Hwy 70 (TIN 364) and Ross Lake Rd (TIN 225), Trail 7 between Wharton Lake Rd (TIN 218) and Old K (Tin 217), and Trail 7 between Hwy K (TIN 216) and Lake Laura Rd (TIN 214). There is also logging in the Jean Lake Rd area of Trail 7 North, between TINS 227 & 800. That logging should be in the woods off the trail.
(TIN = Trail Intersection Numbers)
Please watch out for these logging areas. Slow down and stay out of the way of the loggers. DO NOT hassle the loggers. They have the right to close down sections of any trail they are logging near or using. If they get hassled too much, that is exactly what they will do – shut that trail down. The logging operations can run at anytime of the day or night. Loggers use some of the trails to drive in and out. So please be watchful in logging areas for trucks on the trail.