Archive for February, 2009

Snowmobile Trail Report (2-24-09)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

NOTEThe Snowmobile Trail Report is provided by our friends Jeff & Larry, owners and operators of the Anchorage Inn.  The last report was February 24th, 2009.

Snow Conditions

Three days of rain and warm temperatures the week of 2/9 have eroded the trail base, but trails are still rideable.  The rain has frozen to a hard base and the 2-3 inches of snow we received last week have made trails fair.

Trail Report

I’ve talked to a few riders over the past two days and they’ve all give me the same report.  The trails are smooth for the most part, but icy in spots due to the hard packed ice base.  There are very few dirt spots, and if we get some snow over the next couple of days, the trails should be ok for the weekend considering the lack of snow.

Grooming Schedule

The trails will not be groomed again until we receive more snow.

“See You At The Lake”

February Heat Wave?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Well, this past week has been crazy to say the least.  In un-February like fashion, we had three straight days of mid-30 degree weather and rain (yes, rain in february) which have made things sloppy.  The snow covering the ground at least has been cut in half.  There are actually spots on the resort that have grass showing.

This obviously has affected the lake and ice conditions as well.  I ventured out on the lake in 3 inches of standing water today to see how things were holding up.  Still plenty of ice out there, but I had to cautiously drill holes along the way to make sure it was safe for the 4-wheeler.  Looks can be deceiving.  Temps will be cooling down again and you know what will happen with all the standing water on the lake.  I decided to try avoid disaster by jacking up our ice house on blocks today to keep the skids from freezing into the ice.  After a couple hours of wet work, I was successful in doing so.  Wasn’t the easiest thing to do by any means.

This weather obviously took a toll on the snowmobile trails this week as well.  I have heard grumblings from snowmobilers saying that the trails are down to the mud in most parts.  In order to revive the snowmobile trails again this winter, I am thinking we will need at least an additional foot of snow.  This would also be good for the sake of ground insulation for plumbing and sewer lines in order to prevent freezing.

The weather has been bad news for potential underground freezing and snowmobiling.  However, I think the silver lining in all of this is that ice fishing may be extending by a week or two after everything freezes up again.  It’s also much easier to work outside in 30 degree weather.

Ahhhh, you gotta love the resorting life.

“See You At The Lake”

Snowmobile Trail Report (2-5-09)

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

NOTEThe Snowmobile Trail Report is provided by our friends Jeff & Larry, owners and operators of the Anchorage Inn.  The last report was February 5th, 2009.

Snow Conditions

Still no new snow to report. We’re going to have to start looking to higher powers for some

help if we don’t get snow soon.

Trail Report

Riders that I’ve talked to this week have told me that the trails are smooth, but there are patches of dirt showing through on some corners and the heavily traveled areas that are out in the open.

Be aware there’s a 1 mile stretch on the Chippewa South trail where loggers have taken the trail down to dirt.

Grooming Schedule This Week

Trails were groomed on Monday and Tuesday this week.

“See You At The Lake”