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Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 02/06

Greetings Sledders,

Well the Sun didn’t behave and we lost a fair amount over the last couple of days. I groomed the trail South of M-72 yesterday and it’s getting pretty thin and icy. North of 72 the snow gradually gets heavier but it is also crusty from the daytime sunshine and nightly re-freezing.

I would imagine that the poor spots have only gotten larger, at least the ones in direct sunshine, and the dirty snow probably took a hit as well because it’s like a magnet when it comes to the Sun’s rays.

With all of that said the Davis guys were in and rode 210 miles yesterday and were happy with their rides. So things aren’t all bad. Although we do need snow and it looks at least promising but not until Sunday at the earliest.

We are continuing to groom on a regular schedule.

The trails can only take so much heat and with two weekends of cloudy skies with warm temps, rain, and mist and two days of Sun, the weather is taking it’s toll. So I’m dropping the overall rating back to fair with some poor spots mixed in. Another wacky winter indeed.

Next report Monday

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls

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Tuesday February 25th, 2020 - 7:51 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

The trails can only endure so many body blows by the Sun and this last round has taken it's toll.
Here is the latest poop by segment:
Trail #7 from Grayling to Frederic is poor.
Trail #679 fared better and is snow covered from Frederic to the intersection of #79.
Trail #79 is good on the upper half, the Southern half is poor.
Trail #47 ( Lovells ) is fair to good according to the driver. The real challenge is getting to it as Lewiston Grade Rd is down to gravel from the Frederic Trail turn off to the start of the Lovells Trail.
Trail #7 South of M-72. I will groom that in the morning but I don't expect anything better than poor. Better to have an ugly flat trail than an ugly bumpy one.
The weather forecast is calling for some snow on Thursday and Friday although it will be Lake Effect so it's anybody's guess as to where and how much we can expect.
Temps look to hold thru Saturday with yet another warm up on Sunday and Monday followed by more snow.

We will be grooming thru the weekend. If sledders are going to ride the trails we are compelled to groom them. Grooming school 101.

Wish I had better news but it is what it is.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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Thanks for the update! Wish it was better news but it is what it is.....

https://frederic-mi.com/hard-icy/

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I had some of that rib Saturday

All the snow is heading for Detroit 😥

That looks delicious !

I had some of that rib Saturday

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Wednesday February 19th, 2020 - 9:37 am

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

We got 4+ yesterday along with some hefty winds.

Everything was groomed yesterday and into last night and the trails are good to very good. Probably the best that I've seen in a number of years.

There was significant drifting in the clear cut and open areas which provides for an opportunity to be amazed at the amount of snow these tractors will simultaneously push and pull and not break a sweat. Instead of relying on the drag to bust up the drifts which can sometimes lead to a mild roller coaster effect, we drop the 10ft wide blade and do some old fashion drift busting. It's the most fun you can have in these tractors while being fully clothed.

It's anybody's guess as to what affect the warm up will have on the trails although traffic will be much lighter than last weekend and that should help a little and there's a ton of base to eat through before a total breakdown occurs. Let's hope for the best.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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February 6, 2020 | Uncategorized

Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 02/04

Greetings Sledders,

Had to wait on getting something out until I had a chance to groom the Frederic trail to see first hand how it weathered yet another weekend of above freezing temps. That trail segment is like all the rest in that there are good stretches of white snow and stretches of snirty snow and I don’t see any changes in the immediate future based on the forecasts.

I continue to be surprised at what is left considering the fact that we had back to back weekends of thawing which is the worst possible timing because the trails get mushy and the traffic will be here regardless and understandably so.

`We had to stop grooming Sunday afternoon and were able to start back up this morning and hopefully the thaw garbage is behind us and we can stay on schedule.

We have a mixed bag of trail conditions ranging from poor spots to fair to good and all of the off trail riding is good to very good. If you don’t mind some occasional snirty stretches you will be fine as long as the Sun behaves

The base is compacted snow both white and tan. There are no rules when it comes to reporting base, therefore no reporter is right or wrong in his or her reports. It’s a matter of personal preference and I am of the mind set that base is what your skis are coming into contact with. If you are riding on a trail that is loose snow over ice you would want to know that beforehand, but you probably don’t care about the ice thickness. Another example is snirt. If snirty snow is what your skis are riding on wouldn’t that be the base? Again it’s a matter of personal preference.

Next report on Monday unless trail conditions change.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy, and The Kids

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Tuesday February 25th, 2020 - 7:51 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

The trails can only endure so many body blows by the Sun and this last round has taken it's toll.
Here is the latest poop by segment:
Trail #7 from Grayling to Frederic is poor.
Trail #679 fared better and is snow covered from Frederic to the intersection of #79.
Trail #79 is good on the upper half, the Southern half is poor.
Trail #47 ( Lovells ) is fair to good according to the driver. The real challenge is getting to it as Lewiston Grade Rd is down to gravel from the Frederic Trail turn off to the start of the Lovells Trail.
Trail #7 South of M-72. I will groom that in the morning but I don't expect anything better than poor. Better to have an ugly flat trail than an ugly bumpy one.
The weather forecast is calling for some snow on Thursday and Friday although it will be Lake Effect so it's anybody's guess as to where and how much we can expect.
Temps look to hold thru Saturday with yet another warm up on Sunday and Monday followed by more snow.

We will be grooming thru the weekend. If sledders are going to ride the trails we are compelled to groom them. Grooming school 101.

Wish I had better news but it is what it is.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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Comment on Facebook

Thanks for the update! Wish it was better news but it is what it is.....

https://frederic-mi.com/hard-icy/

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I had some of that rib Saturday

All the snow is heading for Detroit 😥

That looks delicious !

I had some of that rib Saturday

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Wednesday February 19th, 2020 - 9:37 am

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

We got 4+ yesterday along with some hefty winds.

Everything was groomed yesterday and into last night and the trails are good to very good. Probably the best that I've seen in a number of years.

There was significant drifting in the clear cut and open areas which provides for an opportunity to be amazed at the amount of snow these tractors will simultaneously push and pull and not break a sweat. Instead of relying on the drag to bust up the drifts which can sometimes lead to a mild roller coaster effect, we drop the 10ft wide blade and do some old fashion drift busting. It's the most fun you can have in these tractors while being fully clothed.

It's anybody's guess as to what affect the warm up will have on the trails although traffic will be much lighter than last weekend and that should help a little and there's a ton of base to eat through before a total breakdown occurs. Let's hope for the best.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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February 4, 2020 | Uncategorized
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