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Sault Ste. Marie Trail Report – 01/21

SAULT STE. MARIE UPDATE via Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association – 01/21

🚨🚨1/21 Trail 49 closure update🚨🚨

Good evening!

The good, the bad, and the downright UGLY.

3 of us took sleds down the closed part of 49 today from the Soo to Kinross. We saw a decent amount of traffic for a closed trail.
The good news is that we made it just fine and the beaver pond shows little to no water. It wasn’t nearly as whooped out as I thought it would be, considering we haven’t been able to groom it. Of course, we know traffic has been lighter because it’s closed too.

The bad is that we still cannot get a groomer through there. The water is so random this year and in spots that I have never seen it seeping through before. We had one hole we had to “jet ski” across and others had narrow spots around.

The ugly is that, it is in such rough shape with ice chunks and open water and mud that it’s hard to imagine we will be able to groom it at all this season if we don’t get a long spell of cold temps and more snow.

We stopped at The Well Diggers Ass and had an AWESOME lunch. Thank you Michelle and crew for supporting us!
We took 472 west to 480 to 8 home and it was in good shape except the 2 water holes just east of 480 on 472. Pics of those below too.

I will talk with our club president and the DNR for their input in 49 and will keep you posted.

Wish I had better news on 49🙁

Ride safe all! ❄️❄️❄️

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Good evening! It sure is way more fun when I can share good news! We got a solid snowfall of anywhere from 7-12” depending on the area. And…. It’s cold🙌🏼
Steve and Nathan were out on the city trails tonight and they shaped up beautifully! Here’s what Steve had to say-
“Groomer Nathan and I went out tonight and groomed the city trail system.
We had 8 or 9 inches of fresh snow to work with. It was certainly a winter wonderland.
Trail conditions were great. We were able to pull snow into a lot of the low spots. The water hole near the tunnel is froze and snow covered. We seen almost no water at all on the trails tonight.
We groomed everything within the city limits with the exception of the stretch from Seymour Rd to the casino due to 2 water holes behind Kewadin.
Hope you enjoy the pictures we took along the way.
Steve Lawson”
Thanks guys! Looking awesome out there!❄️❄️❄️

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Wednesday February 8th, 2023 - 11:51 pm

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WEATHER UPDATE via US National Weather Service Marquette Michigan --> Tonight, cloud cover increases ahead of tomorrow’s snowfall. In the mid-morning hours, a low pressure system passes through the northern portions of the Lower Peninsula, with system snow falling over the east half and lake effect snow falling over the west. As temperatures warm to near freezing, the snow will be dense and wet at times, and some parts of the south and east could see some rain mixed in. Winds also pick up tomorrow, which could lead to some isolated power outages. The combination of snow and high winds could also lead to hazardous travel conditions, so be careful if you’re on the roads tomorrow! #miweather #keweenaw #westernup #marquette #munising #seney #newberry #soo #straitsareaTonight, cloud cover increases ahead of tomorrow’s snowfall. In the mid-morning hours, a low pressure system passes through the northern portions of the Lower Peninsula, with system snow falling over the east half and lake effect snow falling over the west. As temperatures warm to near freezing, the snow will be dense and wet at times, and some parts of the south and east could see some rain mixed in. Winds also pick up tomorrow, which could lead to some isolated power outages. The combination of snow and high winds could also lead to hazardous travel conditions, so be careful if you’re on the roads tomorrow! #miwx #906wx ... See MoreSee Less

WEATHER UPDATE via US National Weather Service Marquette Michigan --> Tonight, cloud cover increases ahead of tomorrow’s snowfall. In the mid-morning hours, a low pressure system passes through the northern portions of the Lower Peninsula, with system snow falling over the east half and lake effect snow falling over the west. As temperatures warm to near freezing, the snow will be dense and wet at times, and some parts of the south and east could see some rain mixed in. Winds also pick up tomorrow, which could lead to some isolated power outages. The combination of snow and high winds could also lead to hazardous travel conditions, so be careful if you’re on the roads tomorrow! #miweather #keweenaw #westernup #marquette #munising #seney #newberry #soo #straitsarea

Wednesday February 8th, 2023 - 11:03 pm

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SAULT STE. MARIE AREA UPDATE via Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association --> Got a report from a rider on 49 that it is holding up great and no signs of water! Thanks Travis!
Since we couldn’t groom the last 2 days, please feel free to share what you’re seeing. I’m sure they’re starting to get bumpy in spots.
We’ll get back out as soon as we can! Temps look promising for tomorrow but still WAY above average.
Only lost 3” of snow today. Still right around 23” on the ground with 3-6” on the way tomorrow night, supposedly. I know some are worried since it was so warm. This hasn’t really hurt us at all. Road crossings and shoulders are bare and that makes it tricky getting in and out of towns but there is a ton of snow on the trails. If we get the new snow that is forecasted, that’ll take care of what we lost and help with the road riding/crossings.
Be safe all! ❄️❄️❄️

#sooGot a report from a rider on 49 that it is holding up great and no signs of water! Thanks Travis!

Since we couldn’t groom the last 2 days, please feel free to share what you’re seeing. I’m sure they’re starting to get bumpy in spots.

We’ll get back out as soon as we can! Temps look promising for tomorrow but still WAY above average.

Only lost 3” of snow today. Still right around 23” on the ground with 3-6” on the way tomorrow night, supposedly. I know some are worried since it was so warm. This hasn’t really hurt us at all. Road crossings and shoulders are bare and that makes it tricky getting in and out of towns but there is a ton of snow on the trails. If we get the new snow that is forecasted, that’ll take care of what we lost and help with the road riding/crossings.

Be safe all! ❄️❄️❄️
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SAULT STE. MARIE AREA UPDATE via Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association --> Got a report from a rider on 49 that it is holding up great and no signs of water! Thanks Travis! 
Since we couldn’t groom the last 2 days, please feel free to share what you’re seeing. I’m sure they’re starting to get bumpy in spots. 
We’ll get back out as soon as we can! Temps look promising for tomorrow but still WAY above average. 
Only lost 3” of snow today. Still right around 23” on the ground with 3-6” on the way tomorrow night, supposedly. I know some are worried since it was so warm. This hasn’t really hurt us at all. Road crossings and shoulders are bare and that makes it tricky getting in and out of towns but there is a ton of snow on the trails. If we get the new snow that is forecasted, that’ll take care of what we lost and help with the road riding/crossings. 
Be safe all! ❄️❄️❄️

#soo

Wednesday February 8th, 2023 - 11:25 am

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SAULT STE. MARIE AREA UPDATE via Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association --> Good evening! It’s too warm to groom so we’re doing what we can with the down time. The Pisten Bully that is normally in Raco and Bay Mills/Brimley area is in for some minor repairs, and the ‘08 Tucker went back to her home in Kinross today after some much needed repairs as well.
We worked on maps tonight to get them ready to distribute to area businesses thoughout the week. We will also get them into our map boxes on the trails once we can get back out to groom.
Big thank you to our map advertisers for their support! Please be sure to support those who support us while you’re in the area!
Tomorrow is supposed to hit 40 with partial sunshine. Yuck. Temps cool off slightly on Thurday with the possibility of some snow. We will have to be strategic with our grooming so that we don’t ball up the snow under the drags when it’s too warm. It might be a little bumpy for a couple of days while we wait for this little warm up to pass. I don’t see it having any major impact on the trails.
Also a reminder that you can subscribe to our trail system on Groomer Tracker to see where our groomers have been most recently. It’s a great resource, especially when we are in a holding pattern. Subscribers will always know when we’re out, many times before I do! The club gets half of the minimal $9.99 subscribtion fee so it’s a win-win.
Thanks to all who support us in any way that you can! We appreciate each and every one of you! ❄️❄️❄️

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SAULT STE. MARIE AREA UPDATE via Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association --> Good evening! It’s too warm to groom so we’re doing what we can with the down time. The Pisten Bully that is normally in Raco and Bay Mills/Brimley area is in for some minor repairs, and the ‘08 Tucker went back to her home in Kinross today after some much needed repairs as well. 
We worked on maps tonight to get them ready to distribute to area businesses thoughout the week. We will also get them into our map boxes on the trails once we can get back out to groom. 
Big thank you to our map advertisers for their support! Please be sure to support those who support us while you’re in the area! 
Tomorrow is supposed to hit 40 with partial sunshine. Yuck. Temps cool off slightly on Thurday with the possibility of some snow. We will have to be strategic with our grooming so that we don’t ball up the snow under the drags when it’s too warm.  It might be a little bumpy for a couple of days while we wait for this little warm up to pass. I don’t see it having any major impact on the trails. 
Also a reminder that you can subscribe to our trail system on Groomer Tracker to see where our groomers have been most recently. It’s a great resource, especially when we are in a holding pattern.  Subscribers will always know when we’re out, many times before I do! The club gets half of the minimal $9.99 subscribtion fee so it’s a win-win. 
Thanks to all who support us in any way that you can! We appreciate each and every one of you! ❄️❄️❄️

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Tuesday February 7th, 2023 - 11:01 am

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SAULT STE. MARIE AREA UPDATE via Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association --> ***quick update!** On the return trip, the groomer started to bust through the beaver pond😟 However, Steve was able to get out of it without sinking the machine or drag. Whew! So, safe to say this will be our last groom in that section until temps drop way down. However, it’s 1000 times better than it was. Until further notice, the section from Devils Hill (south of 12 mile) to about a 1/2 mile south of the pond will not be groomed again. We will continue to groom the ready of 49 in it’s entirety as long as we can**£
Good evening! Facebook will not allow me to post multiple videos in one post so I’m going to drop the longer videos in the comments.
Steve was able to successfully get through trail 49 from the Soo to Kinross in its entirety tonight! Some tense moments for sure as he made his way over some deep water areas. Pete was on stand by and captured the footage as he made his way down.
It has been really hard on all of us to no be able to have this trail fully open. This is the latest I ever recall the 1st groom of the full trail. We appreciate your patience, especially our locals that use this trail as a main artery to and from town from the south. We cannot wait to ask the DNR to officially open it tomorrow!
Thank you Steve for being the one to give it a go! And thank you Pete for being there and brining is the footage!
Full videos in the comments!
I can now say that our trails are ALL in good to excellent condition!🙌🏼❄️🙌🏼❄️

#soo #snowphotos
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Monday February 6th, 2023 - 5:19 pm

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WEATHER UPDATE via US National Weather Service Marquette Michigan --> Lake effect snow showers diminish tonight as lows dip into the teens and single digits. Much warmer temperatures are expected this week with highs reaching the 30s and lows mainly in the 20s. Widespread snow is expected Monday night into Tuesday morning with most places picking up around an inch of wet snow, but locations near Lake Michigan may mix with rain. Thursday is the next chance for widespread precipitation, but forecaster confidence is low. #906wx #miweather #keweenaw #westernup #marquette #munising #seney #newberry #soo #straitsareaLake effect snow showers diminish tonight as lows dip into the teens and single digits. Much warmer temperatures are expected this week with highs reaching the 30s and lows mainly in the 20s. Widespread snow is expected Monday night into Tuesday morning with most places picking up around an inch of wet snow, but locations near Lake Michigan may mix with rain. Thursday is the next chance for widespread precipitation, but forecaster confidence is low. #906wx ... See MoreSee Less

WEATHER UPDATE via US National Weather Service Marquette Michigan --> Lake effect snow showers diminish tonight as lows dip into the teens and single digits. Much warmer temperatures are expected this week with highs reaching the 30s and lows mainly in the 20s. Widespread snow is expected Monday night into Tuesday morning with most places picking up around an inch of wet snow, but locations near Lake Michigan may mix with rain. Thursday is the next chance for widespread precipitation, but forecaster confidence is low. #906wx #miweather #keweenaw #westernup #marquette #munising #seney #newberry #soo #straitsarea

Monday February 6th, 2023 - 1:33 pm

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SAULT STE. MARIE AREA UPDATE via Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association --> Good evening! A much different scene tonight from just 24 hours ago.
Pete was out on the city trails tonight and shared this report-
“Pretty quiet night on the city trails tonight. Saw 2 sleds, and a couple tracks on my return trip. Everything groomed really well. The water holes with the hay behind Kewadin are still holding up great. The trail along the airport has some light drifting. The wooded sections of the trails have some DEEP moguls that I couldn’t get out without dragging too deep. It’s to be expected from the amount of high energy riders we had in town this past weekend.
Overall a nice relaxing groom, much calmer than yesterdays war zone on trail 8………..
Tomorrow I’ll probably head out on my sled to watch Steve go down 49 and groom the trail behind the county building in the section we have not been able to groom yet.
Reminder for riders to please try and avoid spinning tracks on a fresh groom, it destroys our work. Saw a lot of track spinning on my way back from Kewadin.
Have a good night!”
🚨🚨He also saw SXS tracks on the trail from the tunnel to the I500 track. That is NOT a multi use trail. That is an UNSAFE situation. That trail is only 12’ wide and a SXS with tracks is more than half the trail width.🚨🚨
Law enforcement is aware of the issues we are having with SxSs. We’ve given fair warning and had our partners in the ORV community spread the word and yet it continues. They’ll have to deal with the consequences when they are caught. In the meantime, always be prepared for the unexpected.
Big thanks again to Pete for stepping up BIG TIME this week and weekend and to all of our volunteers for their extra hard work for race week!
More snow tomorrow and then a slight warm up that won’t hurt us much. We’ll keep updating! ❄️❄️❄️

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