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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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Monday March 2nd, 2020 - 5:33 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

First and foremost we would like to thank everyone that stayed with us this winter. We do appreciate your business.

I hope that the reports provided you with some useful information during another difficult season to report on given the usual ups and downs in the weather.

I just finished up the totals for grooming this season and I thought I would share them with you.

We are responsible for a total of 69 miles of trail. This year we groomed 4118 miles which took 626 volunteer hours and we used $8342.90 in fuel. That works out to an average of a flame throwing 6.5 mph
and we consumed .93 gpm.

Have a great off season and we hope to see you next year if not sooner, mushrooms are just around the corner.

Be Safe,

Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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Keith & Sandy ... As always THANK YOU for ALL you Both Do !!! You guy's are Amazing !! Keep up the Great Work !!! (Grapeman) !!!!!

THANKS to you and the other volunteers who donate their time to groom so us throttle-jockeys can BRAAAAAP ON! WELL DONE again this season!

Thanks for all you do for us snowmobilers Keith!

Thank you

Thursday February 27th, 2020 - 6:18 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

Quick update. I wouldn't ordinarily generate a report so closely behind the last one but conditions have changed and I know many of you want to come up this weekend and may be apprehensive based on my last report.

We didn't get anything out of the system that just went through but we are now experiencing the wrap around snow in the form of Lake Effect.

It's difficult to say how much is on the ground already or to say how much we will ultimately receive. Those are an unknown because of the wind and it's anybody's guess when it comes to LE snows.

We do have enough now to upgrade the trail condition slightly to fair. However, beware of the ice base on the Southern half or so of our trails as it is everywhere. The Northern half is for the most part packed snow covered by fresh.

We are scheduled to groom through Saturday night. A warm up starts Sunday and continues all week so grooming efforts may just end for the season Saturday. That's not set in stone but it is a possibility.

The next report will be the final for the season and will be out on Wednesday or so.

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

Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 01/28

Greetings Sledders,

First of all I feel for everyone who had to endure the lousy trail conditions last weekend but our hands were tied because we cannot groom wet snow. It bridges between the cutting edges and will not flow under the pans on our drags. The snow simply accumulates, balls up and overflows onto the trail as groomer turds. Groomer turds are okay when they are soft but become a hazard when frozen. Trust me when I tell you that it’s been no walk in the park grooming after three days of heavy weekend traffic.

We were able to get back to grooming business yesterday morning and all of the trails have been hit twice and they came out better than I thought they would.

Trail #7 South of M-72 and from here to Frederic has more snirt that I would like to see but that is pretty much par for the course as both of those segments are riddled with corners. With above freezing temps, light rain, heavy traffic and no grooming and no new snow the snirtty condition comes as no surprise. The rest of the trails are in good shape. A couple of more passes with the groomers and the remnants of the moguls should be gone.

I’m calling the trails fair to good with loose snow over packed snow as the base. I never assign a numerical value to the description of the base. More on that in the next report.

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

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Monday March 2nd, 2020 - 5:33 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

First and foremost we would like to thank everyone that stayed with us this winter. We do appreciate your business.

I hope that the reports provided you with some useful information during another difficult season to report on given the usual ups and downs in the weather.

I just finished up the totals for grooming this season and I thought I would share them with you.

We are responsible for a total of 69 miles of trail. This year we groomed 4118 miles which took 626 volunteer hours and we used $8342.90 in fuel. That works out to an average of a flame throwing 6.5 mph
and we consumed .93 gpm.

Have a great off season and we hope to see you next year if not sooner, mushrooms are just around the corner.

Be Safe,

Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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Comment on Facebook

Keith & Sandy ... As always THANK YOU for ALL you Both Do !!! You guy's are Amazing !! Keep up the Great Work !!! (Grapeman) !!!!!

THANKS to you and the other volunteers who donate their time to groom so us throttle-jockeys can BRAAAAAP ON! WELL DONE again this season!

Thanks for all you do for us snowmobilers Keith!

Thank you

Thursday February 27th, 2020 - 6:18 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

Quick update. I wouldn't ordinarily generate a report so closely behind the last one but conditions have changed and I know many of you want to come up this weekend and may be apprehensive based on my last report.

We didn't get anything out of the system that just went through but we are now experiencing the wrap around snow in the form of Lake Effect.

It's difficult to say how much is on the ground already or to say how much we will ultimately receive. Those are an unknown because of the wind and it's anybody's guess when it comes to LE snows.

We do have enough now to upgrade the trail condition slightly to fair. However, beware of the ice base on the Southern half or so of our trails as it is everywhere. The Northern half is for the most part packed snow covered by fresh.

We are scheduled to groom through Saturday night. A warm up starts Sunday and continues all week so grooming efforts may just end for the season Saturday. That's not set in stone but it is a possibility.

The next report will be the final for the season and will be out on Wednesday or so.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy, and The Kids
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January 29, 2020 | Uncategorized
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