Snowmobile Trail Reports

February 9, 2016

Our area has received around 12+ inches of snow over the last day and a half with a possible 6+ inches additional snow expected through today. We are currently under a lake effect snow warning with blowing snow causing difficult driving conditions. So please reduce speeds and use caution as visibility may be diminished.  All three groomers are currently out grooming on all 150+ miles of our trail system and with the next 4 days expected to only top out in the single digits the trails should really hold a groom well.

No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

 February 8, 2016

Another busy record weekend with temps reaching into the 30’s didn’t do our trails any favors – however, this next week is looking like a dream for great trail conditions! Snow showers in the forecast for the next 5 days with a possible significant snowfall on Tuesday over our higher elevation area at the north end of Lake Gogebic and areas north of Lake Gogebic. Temps will be dropping all the way down into the single digits for highs this week and below zero for nighttime temps. These are the conditions we’ve been waiting for – these will all add up to great trail conditions this week and most importantly this busy holiday weekend coming up.

We have all three groomers going on all trails and there shouldn’t be a bad trail out there by Tuesday or Wednesday with the change in weather conditions. We received another 4 – 6 inches of new over last night on top of several inches from the night before and it’s still snowing as I’m writing this. I think we’re in a weather pattern where we’ll probably see constant snow over much of this week.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic as well.

I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS

 

The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

February 6, 2016

Once again we’re experiencing warmer than normal temps on a weekend – honestly, what’s going on here?  Weather predictions are looking excellent for the next 2 weeks beginning Monday. MUCH colder, and more like it, temps – highs in the teens and lows as low as below zero numbers! YES!!! This will create terrific grooming conditions. Plus, there are predictions for snow every day except 2 days over the next 14 days. How great will that be for Presidents weekend?! Right now we have our 3 groomers running mostly in late afternoon/evening/early morning runs with this Saturday & Sunday temps too high to allow for daytime grooming. But, come this next week when we get the arctic blast they’re predicting our groomer drivers should be able to be out day and night.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic as well.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

February 3, 2016

About a foot of new snow since yesterday and it’s still coming down! Groomers are out now, be watchful as blowing snow may make visibility an issue.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic as well.

All trail conditions will improve with this newest snowfall and there is more almost every day over this next week. The important news is the temps expected to drop into the single digits tonight and teens through the next few days. This will really help freeze the trails up after grooming to keep them in really good shape longer.

I know some of you would like to hear me say that this trail or that trail were just groomed or are in good condition or in bad condition – but I just won’t do that. It would be a useless thing to write as conditions can change too quickly. By the time you read this and headed over to a trail reported to of just been groomed 200 sleds or more could have ridden across it and tore it up. I will say this though, we groomed upwards of 300 hours just last week alone. And for those complaining that they don’t see groomers out at night, it just may mean that the groomers just weren’t where you were. We have over 150 miles of trails to groom and only 3 groomers to get it done. It’s a process and we are all doing the best we can.

I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give.

All that said, we look forward to another busy Super bowl weekend here at Lake Gogebic and hope you have a great trip visiting our area.  Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS
The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

February 2, 2016

We’ve just been given permission by the DNR to double groom trails 8 West, 8 East and 1 North each day – which actually amounts to 4 grooms as each time we run these trails it’s a “there and back” groom, which we’ll get to do twice a day when temps and time allow. Remember that we have approx. 150 miles of trails to groom and if we only have temps that allow us to groom at night and the groomers only travel at about 4 miles an hour….well, you do the math. Just remember that we’re doing the best we can with what Mother Nature has given us this year.

Ridiculously warm temperatures over this last weekend didn’t do us any favors for trail conditions. Luckily we did get all that snow last week so almost all of our trails still have snow cover. Grooming cannot be done if temperatures are above 30 degrees, period. I’m not going to go into all the details of why and what damage it would do to the trails but trust me it wouldn’t be helpful to the trails. Ideally we would like to see temps in the teens for highs and into the minus temps for lows to really make the trails hold up a groom, but that’s just not happening this year (thanks a lot el Niño).  We are in line for snow from Tuesday afternoon thru Thursday – no one ever seem to know exactly how much we’ll get due to the higher elevation in our area, but there is a possibility of upwards of 10-inches over the span of a few days. Temp highs should be in the low 20’s (not bad) and lows in the teens for the remainder of this week.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. And now we have some logging to report on south of the Root Celler on Trail 13 South. Until we do get some new snowfall, there is a stretch of about 2 miles that will be pretty bare. As on Trail 102, please watch for logging trucks and always give them the right of way. Due to last weekend’s warm temps you will most likely find some bare areas on our southern most trails (1 South coming up from Presque Isle, WI to the lake, 13 South coming up from Trail 2 and 100. We’re sorry, but there is nothing that can be done about this until more snow falls in this area.

I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sled on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give.

Wish I had better news for you all, but please know that we are all working as hard as we can to get the trails in good condition – we just can’t make snow or cold temps, and that’s all this boils down to.  That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

January 28th, 2016

Total snow accumulations since Tuesday night are almost up to 2-feet now, however, predictions for this weekend are calling for highs to top 36 on “Saturday and 34 on Sunday. IF we get these temperatures the trails will be wet and will not hold a good groom and grooming will only be done over the nighttime hours.  Forecasts are calling for additional snow thru Friday night with decent temps so maybe it will all hold together to get us thru this warm weekend. Next week looks much more promising with high temps dropping into the teens by mid week.

I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sled on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good rideable condition. We appreciate the help you can give.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

 

January 26th, 2016

Groomers were pulled in overnight to have new radios installed through the 911 fund to help out in case of any emergencies on the trails. Whether that be for our drivers or snowmobilers. So, yes, this means they haven’t been grooming since last evening but this is only a small break in our grooming schedule and it’s for a very smart cause. They should be back out by this afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but please bare with us.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC

January 25th, 2016

Snowfall report: 3-inches expected tonight, 3-inches tomorrow and 3-inches the next day with more snow Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Temperatures look pretty good until Saturday & Sunday (of course) with temps rising up to the low 30’s. Trails are looking very “sugary” right now with the recent temps in the high 20’s. Some bare conditions as you head to the south end of the lake and south of the lake so grooming may be suspended in these areas until more snowfall. Grooming is mostly being done during late afternoon/overnight hours right now so your best ride will be early in the day.

Next week looks a lot more like a normal winter with temps dropping into the teens for highs and single digits for lows. This will go a long way to helping the trails hold a groom – so cross those fingers!

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS
The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

January 24, 2016

Well, the temperatures rose a little too much and we’ve been slammed with a lot of traffic, both of which are going to impact the quality of the trails right now. However, we are out grooming over all trails continuously but due to the high volume of sleds expect conditions to run from fair to good. Cooler temps and more snow are in the forecast through the week with a possibility of a return to unseasonably warm temps next weekend…we hope the predictions are wrong.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS

The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling

January 19th, 2016

Wow – what a blustery white out we had last night!  Another 5-inches or so of new snow, kind of hard to tell how much exactly as it was really blowing. Very cold, again, last night, which really helped firm up our trails. A snowmobiler just reported to us that Trail 8 west is “beautiful”, the wet area has frozen up and the trail is in great shape now.

More snow is in the forecast periodically throughout the week. Temps will start rising from the subzero numbers we had over the weekend to the teens and then low 20’s thru the week.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS
The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

January 18th, 2016

Another 6 to 8-inches of snow over Sunday afternoon to Monday morning with some pretty brutal temperatures! But, good news for the trails – we need the severe cold and the snow to keep freezing those wet spots. Traffic was very heavy this last holiday weekend but the groomers are out on all trails with drags attached working hard to get the trails in shape. Temps will be warming into the low 20’s for most of the week but lows look to remain mostly in the teens, giving us some excellent riding weather! We have more snow in the forecast throughout the week with the most snow falling over the higher terrain areas from the north end of Lake Gogebic and into the hills north of the lake.

More snow in the forecast for tonight into tomorrow morning with additional snowfall throughout the week periodically. Temps will start rising from the subzero numbers we had over the weekend to the teens and then low 20’s thru the week.

We are still working to fill a wet area on 8 west near the county line and a wet spot on trail 1 south.  We advise against riding along the highway to avoid the wet area on 8 west as many sleds have been doing. This poses a safety hazard to sleds and cars and you may be ticked by law enforcement.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

January 15th, 2016

It’s all looking good for a busy weekend on our trails. The weather is cooperating with highs expected in the single digits over the next few days and more snow in the forecast for this weekend, as well. Saturday and Saturday night are expected to receive the most of amount of snow, especially over the snow belt area around the north end of the lake and north of the lake. We’ve received about 4 to 6-inches of new snow almost each day this week, giving us a nice base.

Groomers are out on all our trails with drags attached! Trail conditions run from fair to good overall, however, continue to watch out for some wet conditions in spots on most of the trails. There was a wet area south of the Hoop ‘N Holler on trail 1 south that was giving us some problems but has since frozen over. Groomers are not driving over this area until it becomes more frozen but sleds are able to travel through this section.  There is a very wet area on trail 8 west near the county line. This can be bypassed by running around the wet area but we recommend not running along the highway as many sleds have been doing. This poses a safety hazard to sleds and cars and you may be ticked by law enforcement.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

 

January 12th, 2016

Weather conditions are improving by the hour! We’ve received approximately 8-inches of snow over the last 36 hours and it is continuing to snow as I write this. Extremely cold temps over the last few days will be changing over to highs in the low 20’s for most of the remainder of the week with a return to subzero temps this upcoming Sunday. More snow is in the forecast for just about every day with the most amount forecast for Saturday (5-8-inches of additional snow).

The groomers are continuing to try to fill in any wet problem areas. There is a large wet hole on the south end of 13 south, between the lake and Trail 2, but our drivers are doing their best to fill it up. The groomers have been on Trail 8 west, but watch for some wet areas near the county line along Hwy. 28. Trail 102 is in pretty good condition but watch out for logging trucks hauling lumbar – please give the trucks the right of way at all times. Trail 1 south is in fair condition with some wet areas between Fishtails and the Hoop ‘N Holler Tavern. Sleds should be able to get through this area but so far we haven’t been able to get the groomers through this section. Trail 13 north has been groomed  and should see another groom over the next couple of days. The railroad grade east of Bergland, Trail 8 east, is in good condition and has been groomed. There is a rather large wet hole north of Bergland to watch out for – but again, our drivers are doing everything they can to fill these problem areas in and freeze them down.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

January 11th, 2016

With approx. 8 – 10-inches of new snow since Saturday and some extremely cold temperatures arriving during the early Sunday hours we’re getting set up for much improved trail conditions. Groomers are out on most of the trails – still doing some filling in any remaining wet areas – and should be over all trails by Tuesday. We’ve got more extreme cold through most of this week with additional snow amounts in the forecast for each day. Tuesday is calling for the most snowfall with upwards of 8-inches. This said, caution should still be used on all trails as conditions will probably run from poor to fair to good, but all trails will have some trouble spots on them for awhile.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

 

January 8th, 2016

The too warm temps (low 30’s) we’re experiencing today will quickly be replaced by 20’s on Saturday for highs and down into the single digits Sunday thru Wednesday! Very good news as this will go a long way to freezing up any wet areas we’ve been battling. Also, new snowfall amounts over the last couple of days of about 8-inches have helped to soften some of those bumps on the trails. More snow is expected over this next week with varying amounts reported; one report has amounts totaling up to around 20-inches, another report says about 24-inches from the 11th to the 15th. A lot will depend on location as the higher terrain of the western U.P. (especially the north end of Lake Gogebic and the hills to the north of the lake) usually sees the most snowfall when Lake Superior lake effect snow sets in. All good news – if it happens the way it’s supposed to, and so far this winter the weather has been pretty unpredictable. Again, cross your fingers! Groomers are out panning the trails where they can run without doing damage to the already wet areas. I will let you know as soon as grooming with drags on is possible.

With many of the trails in poor condition at this point you might like to look to the “un-plowed Forest Service roads” for some riding. You may have to trailer to them but you may also save yourself some wet rides to get to them otherwise. Check in at the Ironwood, Watersmeet or Ontonagon Forest Service building to get more info on where you can legally ride.

I will keep you posted with any updates on the weather and on the trails.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

January 5th, 2016

Finally, the forecast is calling for more normal winter weather! Snow is in the forecast, starting Wednesday, for each day for the next 2 weeks (at this time).  No big storms predicted at this time, but we know from experience how quickly that can change. Bitter cold temps coming by Sunday with only single digits for highs – this is very good as we need these temps to freeze up any wet areas on the trails. However, if you are in the area take precautions against frostbite and always ride with a buddy. Cross your fingers that this all means winter has finally arrived in big snow country. I will keep you posted with any updates on the weather and on the trails.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

 

Sunday evening, January 3, 2016

No report yesterday as it was sunny and about 32 degrees!!
Things remain pretty much “status quo”.
We have gotten an inch or two of snow this evening.  We are hoping for more and colder temps to improve conditions so we can begin grooming like we usually do this time of year!

January 1, 2016 – Happy New Year!

Groomer Report –
Conditions: Poor
Snow Base: 8″
Snow Past 24 hrs: 1″
Our trails have some snow, but really not enough to validate “grooming”.  Many trails have been panned to pack them down.  It has been a very slow start, but we are doing the best we can with what we have to work with.  Almost all of the trail here & in the Western UP are VERY wet, some are impassable.  It may be necessary to reroute 1S toward Marenisco as there is a bad waterhole there.  8W is very, very wet also.

December 29, 2015

Bummer, the big snow that was expected to give us up to 10-inches showed up but only gave us about 1-inch of new snow. However, we are getting some significant cold temperatures, which we definitely need. We do still have about a foot of snow on the ground and the groomers have run 8 east and 1 north with drags on. They’ve been running over the other trails as well, just not with the drags on yet as conditions will not allow. Our drivers have been out cleaning up any hanging branches, for the 3rd or 4th time in some areas after the last heavy snowfall. Please, always ride with caution – looking out for other sledders, groomers or traffic where trails cross roadways. Remember, this is family time on the trails, so be especially safe riding.

Remember, you get to celebrate New Year’s Eve twice on Lake Gogebic with the two time zones making this possible. However, best to check with local businesses on ice conditions before heading down the lake – you may need to take the trails to get to your second New Years Eve celebration this year.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

December 27, 2015

We’ve received another 8-inches or so of new snow since yesterday and more in the forecast, ranging from 8 to 10-inches of snow Monday night into Tuesday with colder temps….finally! Groomers are out packing down the snow on the trails without drags, at this time. As soon as conditions allow they will be out with the drags on all trails. I will keep you posted on when this happens.

Remember, you get to celebrate New Year’s Eve twice on Lake Gogebic with the two time zones making this possible. However, best to check with local businesses on ice conditions before heading down the lake – you may have to take the trails to get to your second New Years Eve celebration.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

December 26, 2015

Since Christmas Eve we’ve received about 5 – 6 inches of new snow and, most importantly, temperatures are back to where they should be. Looks like highs in the 20’s and lows in the teens to as low as 10 degrees predicted for tomorrow night. Groomers have begun running the trails to “pank” the snow down and to make sure this recent heavy snow didn’t bring down anymore branches onto the trails. As soon as we receive enough snow they’ll be out on the trails with the drags attached. Please be advised to go slow on the trails as there isn’t a lot of snow down yet and there will most likely be some wet areas out there. Remember, ice has just started freezing well over this last week.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

December 24, 2015

4 to 5-inches of new snow last night! We’re getting closer to snowmobile time…

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit our website or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we wish you and yours a safe and very Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2015

We do have the trails brushed and signed – just sitting around waiting for Mother Nature to do her thing now. No change in conditions since last report. If we had actually begun any snowmobiling up here I certainly would have given you a shout out, even if conditions hadn’t changed. But so far El Nino is hitting us as well, just not quite as extremely as some areas. We have a couple of inches of snow on the ground but we were seeing some rain earlier tonight. Finally the weather forecast is expected to start changing tonight.  Highs look mostly in the 20’s and night lows in the teens over the next two weeks with snow in the forecast quite a bit. It remains to be seen just how much we’ll be getting, but at least we’ll be looking at colder temps. Wish I could tell you to come on up but the fact is, as of today, we just don’t have conditions ready for sledding just yet – but we’re ready for when that snow does come. I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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