Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: Variable ice base - 3 inches new SNOW
Date of Report: February 19, 2022
EAGLE RIVER TRAILS NOT GROOMED OVERNIGHT DUE HIGH WINDS
EXPECT VARYING CONDITIONS
February 19, 2022 – 7:29am 3 below – High 14 – Low tonight 8
Friday brought about 3 inches news SNOW. Along with it came very high winds & wind gusts. 45 mph plus. Riding yesterday afternoon into last night was very dangerous. The high winds caused complete whiteouts on the trails.
Pop up of temps on Sunday. Could be 40. Then on Monday high of 16 and SNOW followed by SNOW on Tuesday with a high of 10. 1-3 inches of SNOW on Monday. 3-5 inches of SNOW on Tuesday.
Due to the high winds last night no grooming was done on the Eagle River Trails. With that said the trails have high traffic & are in need of grooming. If riding today today be aware of the icy sections in corners & straight a ways. Many trails are rough & have moguls. Slow down & be safe.
Catfish & Eagle lake trails marked & OPEN. Stay by the orange reflective barrels. DO NOT think the entire lake is safe. Several sleds have gone in the water this season far from the barrels.
Returned from a sledding trip on snowmobile to Park Falls. Then on to Washburn for 2 days of riding. Back to Park Falls. Then home yesterday. Somewhere between 400 & 500 miles. For the most part trails were great. Few areas of poor signing.
Please KEEP DOIN’ THE SNOW DANCE!
See ya on the trails!
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15 riders on 14 sleds left Monday morning at 9:30am from the Ice Castle in Eagle River on the yearly weekday away. This year is a 5 day trip.
We headed west on Trail 70 to 17S to 7 aka Paint Ball Field making our way west heading to Park Falls. Stopped for lunch at the Bear Bar at the entrance to the Lake Tom SnoFleas trails near Lac du Flambeau. Headed from there to Minocqua & west. Arriving in Park Falls at the Northern Lights Motel for the night. Rode a little over 100 miles. Trails were Fair to Good to Very Good. Especially in Price county. That evening the Price county Snowmobile Association was having their monthly meeting at the Northern Lights Motel. Got to talk to many of the drivers.
Tuesday we headed north to Washburn the town in Bayfield. A bit of a struggle as there were many detours & re routes in Ashland county. But we arrived safe & sound in the late afternoon at the Washburn Inn overlooking the Big Lake! Along with a great big appetite. Another day of about 100 miles. Mostly Good trails with some Fair & a bit of road running.
Wednesday we headed from Washburn toward Bayfield. When Tom & I had sled issues we turned around & headed back to Vallhalla Bar & Grill to wait for the utility truck & trailer to pick up Tom’s sled. Rode back on my sled double back to the motel in Washburn. Rest the group headed north to Bayfield putting on about 80 miles. Good trails P.S. Vallhalla Bar & Grill has terrific pizza. The same evening went back with the group for dinner. Food was fantastic!
Thursday morning we left Washburn heading back to Park Falls & a return visit to the Northern Lights Motel. Took a slightly different route back. To avoid the re routes & detours. We rode double back for most of the trip. Switched out the last leg of the ride with a rider. Riding her sled. She rode double with Tom. Little under 100 miles with Good trails.
On Friday, left Park Falls for Eagle River. Price county doing a fantastic job. Trails were Very Good to Excellent all the way through Price county. Heading west into Oneida county. Then Vilas. Stopped for lunch at Musky Bill’s. Very crowded. Then east toward home. All conditions of trails & as we got closer to Minocqua heavy, heavy traffic. Many sections of SNOW fall as we rode. Later in the day winds picked up. Just west of Eagle River winds caused white out conditions & some tough riding. Crossing the great swamp just west of Sportsman’s Chalet 4 of us lost sight of the trail location & ended up getting stuck in deep snow. Rest of the group made it to the Sportsman’s. Then the iron men of the group came back to dig us out & get us back on trails. Eventful day. Over 100 again on Friday.
Home safe & sound after an adventurous ride.
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