Michigan Trail Report


Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 02/15

Greetings,

Not my typical intro I’ll admit, but there’s not much sledding going on in this area right now, or from what the forecast is showing, in the immediate future either.

According to said forecast in the next 10 days 3 are supposed to be just marginally below freezing, 2 are looking like rain and the rest are Sunny. There’s nothing that looks remotely like weather that will repair the damages done by yesterday’s blast furnace.

There’s lots of dirt showing at all of the crossings and water is beginning to pond as well. Wish I had better news but it is what it is and unfortunately wishing hasn’t done so pretty good this year.

Time to move a groomer away from my shop door and replace it with one of the Walleye boats in order to get ready for a season that is generally more reliable than our recent Winters.

We will kick out another report to either sign off or let you know if we get a significant snow event.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,

Keith, Sandy and The Girls of Fay’s Motel Grayling MI

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Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 - 8:45 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

At last some good news or at least a good forecast, one that is almost a sure bet. Widespread snow will fall overnight and throughout the day tomorrow. Predictions are in the 4-6" range with locally heavier amounts. I hope we live locally but will be happy with whatever we get.

The groomers have been running with the objective of bringing the outside radius of the corners back to the inside and to get the trails flat in anticipation of the snow in the forecast. Leaving the trails alone over the weekend in terms of grooming seems to have worked based on the feedback that we were able to get from sledders.

As I see it right now the groomers will finally go on our normal winter schedule this weekend. We will be panning the new snow starting tomorrow and will keep at it until the weekend traffic hits.

A word of caution, it will take a lot more snow than what is in the forecast to make the ice a non-issue. The corners will still be icy, the straights will continue to be icy, and the ice will be somewhere below you, how far below you is up to the snow God or Goddess, or maybe they're a couple, who knows.

We anticipate improved conditions. There may even be a " good " rating in our near future and for those of you that have read me over the years you know that means the trails are actually good.

I will get out another quick report on Thursday after the snow quits and I get a chance to see how it's panning out.

Ride Often and Please be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls.
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Friday January 18th, 2019 - 10:08 am

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

We got about an inch or so overnight and into this morning. I know that it's not much to get excited about however all we are looking for at the moment is enough for lube and cooling. The reason I say that is because it looks like there's a fair amount of bonding going on with the snow we got last weekend and the prevalent ice. So basically there's a crusty cap on top of the ice. We are not grooming now but could be next week if the forecast holds true. Should we get a general 4" or so we will treat it like an early in the season start up and pan the new snow and cut only where absolutely necessary. We will do what we can to avoid disturbing the bonding that seems to be going on now and try to build the base on top to hopefully create some kind of buffer between you and the ice.

The snow in the forecast couldn't come on a better day of the week as it will give us time to do a couple of passes on all segments before the weekend traffic arrives. Hopefully we can see some much needed improvement.

Trails conditions remain fair but certainly ride-able.

Will update early next week.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy and The Girls
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Wednesday January 16th, 2019 - 9:49 am

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Bobsledders,

Looking back on the 18 years that I've been doing this I can say that we almost always encounter some ice on the trails after a typical January thaw. Some being the operative word in that sentence. I have never seen mile after mile of ice like this. Generally speaking there will be ice in the inside radius of the corners and some in the low spots on the straights after a typical thaw, but this is crazy.

One of the grooming objectives last weekend was to fill in the ruts that are the result of someone running the trails in a pick-up when in a state of mush. Go ahead and ask the obvious question, Were the trails in a state of mush or did the mushy state exist somewhere above the shoulders of the driver of the truck? In this case it's both.

Unfortunately driving a licensed vehicle on the trails is perfectly or imperfectly legal, depending on your viewpoint and it never fails there will be some trail segment that's going to get tagged during a thaw.

There's been a fair amount of talk in various circles about ATV/ORV traffic on the snowmobile trails during the Winter months. I'm not entirely sure of the concerns although I'm sure they are legitimate ones, but in all my years I've never encountered an ATV, but have encountered many a pick-up. In fact I saw 3 on the Lovells trail on Saturday alone.

Can I ride you ask? Yes but I wouldn't rate the overall experience much better than fair at best. There is a thin layer of snow on most of the system, some areas have more, some less, depends on where you're at. As a general rule there's more snow to the west.

Last year on Jan 7th we parked the groomers due to lack of snow and they stayed parked for 5 weeks. This year it's Jan 12th. Could this be a repeat? Let's hope not..

Ride if you can and Please Be Safe if you do.
Keith, Sandy and The Girls.
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Thanks for the unfortunate but realistic report ☹️

Friday January 11th, 2019 - 3:54 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

It was my turn in the seat this morning and I got a closer look at what's going on with the trails south of 72.

We have lots of ice as expected and the conditions are fair to good for the moment. I say for the moment because of the traffic and what it will do especially on the high volume traffic segments like trail 7 to Frederic. We don't have a lick of snow in the forecast until maybe Friday and that just adds insult to injury.

With winters like these why would anyone contemplate doing anything but snowmobiling?

We will groom until it doesn't make sense to continue and will do our best with what we have to work with.

I feel more comfortable backing off to fair as a rating.

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