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Sault Ste. Marie Trail Report – 01/24

SAULT STE. MARIE UPDATE via Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association – 01/24

Update 1/24
Good evening!

A few things going on around here today.

1st, we had a brand new volunteer start today, welcome Jeff! He went on a ride along in the Kinross area with groomer Dave. Unfortunately, we had a track failure (NOT due to either of the operators) so the run was short lived. Heck of a first day, eh? This particular machine already had one track replaced with a spare earlier this season and this is another failure. We had given a track to Seney last year so we’re out of spares now. We have had tracks on order for some time with no ETA. Fortunately, our buddy Rex with Chippewa Snowchasers got word of our troubles and enlisted the help of DNR trail specialist PJ to track one down. Big thanks to Rex, PJ, and Grand Marais Sno-Trails Assoc. for helping us out! Tom and Mike will be on their way to Grand Marais in the AM to get the track.

Meanwhile, several other of our volunteers are working this evening to unhook the drag on #8 that is down, get it back to the Soo barn, and get the old #7 groomer down to Kinross until we can get #8 fixed up. Both will have to go via flatbed since trail 49 is still impassible via groomer south of the Soo all the way to Kinross. We appologize if 472, 480, 49 south of Gaines Hwy and 494 are a little rough until we can make the swap and get them groomed.

Additionally, we’ve made arrangements with a local farmer to pick up some straw to fill in our trouble spot water holes along 472 near 480 in the coming days. We’ll have volunteers out placing the straw and using the groomer to cover them with snow. I’ll share pics and update how it goes. Never had to do this before but we have seen Les Cheneaux have success with it.

Otherwise, trails are really in great shape. 8 from the Soo all the way through Raco, 480, 889, and the city trail system are all holding up really well. We got a little snow last night, a little more today, and temps are about to drop for an extended period of time…finally! With some luck, maybe we can get 49 all the way open in a couple of weeks.

Race week begins next week so it’ll be a fun and exciting time to be in the Soo and surrounding area!

Thanks again to our fellow clubs for helping us out!

We really are all in it together, all for the love of the sport and what it brings to our local economy.

Thanks all! See ya on the trails!❄️❄️❄️

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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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