Greetings and welcome!

It was 45 and sunny againMonday. It got a little melty, and bare spots got a little bigger. My thought is that we didn’t go too far backward because the easy stuff is gone, and the rest was hardened by the nightly freeze/thaw. Friday it was 43 and sunny. Saturday was 48 and sunny. Sunday hit 54 and sunny.

One thing that has been helping is that we have gotten well below freezing at night. Some of our big thaws have nights in the mid-30s or warmer (usually with fog) and it is just devastating for snow cover. This time each night has gotten well below freezing, and usually into the teens. That is going to ice up slushy spots and harden the rest of the trails, so it definitely isn’t as bad as it could be..

Red Arrow, Paul Bunyan, and Chute Pond all updated club sites Monday. I like the way that Chute Pond put it..

Chute Pond Snowmobile Club trails are open, groomed on a regular basis, and in fair to very good condition. The warm weather has caused some bare/burned out spots, and the melting has caused some slushy/icy areas. Our team of groomers will continue to work the trails to keep them in the best condition possible. The season is not over- there are still many miles of great trails to ride- there are just some ugly spots here and there. Some fresh snow would help our situation, too.

I expect that the other clubs will probably update tomorrow.

I guess that the bottom line is that there are good trails to be found and some ugly stuff too. Pick your trails in typical late season fashion. Avoid plowed roads and road shoulder trails, and look for those nice unplowed forest roads north and west.

Today we are looking at a high of 34, and that is the last of the warm weather until Sunday. That is a one day thaw and then the GFS model shows pretty seasonal weather for the rest of it’s 16 day scope.

If we had 4-6 or more of snow we would be right back into pretty good trails. It just isn’t there. The clippers are shown going north of us, the southern storms are shown staying south. I am a little skeptical that it could happen for the whole 16 days, but I can almost hear Mother Nature snickering too. She has been a bit challenging this year, so it is a little believable.

One passing though this morning is that the lakes have to be ugly with the meltwater and slush. I really don’t know, but that’s my hunch.

The next thought is that hopefully the warm sunny weather relieved some of the snow load on roofs. We were getting critical for a lot of buildings. At my place that varied a lot. The kind of shadowed shed did not lose much snow. The garage has about a foot on the south side roof and two on the north, but it is melted well back from the edges. For right now I am going to see how it goes. If we had more snow  predicted I would likely have a couple of roofs to shovel.

A friend sent an e-mail yesterday, and I have gotten tons of these. It was about encountering UTVs out on soft trails on a sunny 45 degree day. They were out of control on the soft trail, rutting up the trails, and rude about it when told not to ride when it is warm. Inconsiderate wheelers riding soft snowmobile trails is a real problem. In the end my friend is going to focus on riding places like Paul Bunyan, Red Arrow, and Chute Pond that do not allow 4 wheelers, instead of Iron Snowshoe, Near North, and Dun-Good that allow wheelers. It was a well written e-mail and I made sure that some of the Iron Snowshoe folks got it. If you want to light up the comment section, go for it. I will print those out and forward them as well.

Anyway…

They did find the Iron Snowshoe bunny last weekend, and I believe that it was by Veteran’s Park. If I recall correctly my friend Reggie, pictured with me yesterday, was part of that group. Congrats you guys and it was great to meet you!

A couple of you gave me donations Saturday night. Thank you very much! I hope to burn some gas tomorrow.

Have a good Tuesday and thank you for visiting!

RJB