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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Best snowmobiling of the winter is right now

Photo courtesy Michigan Snowmobile Association

January 23-27, 2008

Conditions are great throughout the state, according to AAA Michigan.
As a reminder, don’t forget to purchase a 2008 trail permit before hitting the trails.
Houghton Lake trails have a solid 8-inch base and trails are in good shape for the weekend.
Temperatures are hovering around 10 degrees so bundle up for the fun taking place at Tip-Up Town. The lake is frozen registering 12-inches of ice.
All Alpena trails were groomed Tuesday and trails 992 and 464 are in excellent shape. Trails are smooth, flat and in very good condition for the majority of routes.
Trail 4 to Hillman has a few wet sections, but with the cold temperatures, that should not be an issue by the weekend.
In the Mancelona area, trail conditions are excellent and improving on a daily basis.
Currently the area is receiving a good rate of snowfall. Expect marvelous riding this weekend.
Trails throughout Petoskey are in excellent condition with a solid base and light, fluffy snow on top. Groomers are taking care of business to create a great weekend for riders.
Frederic trails received 2 inches of fresh snow Tuesday, and trails are in great shape. Snow is in the forecast for the remainder of the week, and snowmobilers can expect a fun weekend on perfectly groomed trails.
Trails throughout the Grayling area are groomed and rated in great shape. Snowmobilers headed to the area can expect smooth riding and plenty of snow.
Snow was falling Wednesday in the Baldwin area after receiving 6-8 inches on Monday. Temperatures were perfect and groomers were out working the trails. Some of the best riding is taking place right now.
Great riding on perfectly groomed trails is available around Wolf Lake, Wellston, Cadillac, Leroy, Grand Rapids, Empire and Platt Lake.

Western region trails are overall in good to very good condition.
In Houghton and Keweenaw counties, snow cover on the ground measures almost 3 feet. Groomers are working the trails daily and all trail systems are rated in very good shape.
Sledders headed to the Gogebic and Ontonagon areas will find great riding. Snowfall is significant and all trails are in good to very good condition for the weekend.
Trails are in fabulous shape in Iron County where new snow recently fell on already smooth trails. Baraga County trails are in good condition, but watch for a few wet sections that have yet to freeze over.
Great riding overall for sledders headed to the Central region. Trail conditions for Grand Marais are rated awesome, excellent, and fabulous, you get the picture; great riding is in store for the weekend.
Heavy snow and extremely cold temperatures have created the best trail conditions so far this season. Snow base on the trails ranges around 8 inches, three feet on the ground overall and even around town there is a 6-inch base.
Marquette trails range from good to excellent, and all trails are groomed.
Around Alger County, Munising trails are in excellent shape with a snow base registering up to 1 foot. Snowmobilers will find great riding around Manistique, Seney, Dickinson and Menominee.
Riding taking place on the Eastern side of the U.P. will find good conditions in Chippewa County, where trails are rated good. The trail from the Sault to Kinross is closed due to deep water.
Paradise and Drummond Island trails are in good to very good shape. St. Ignace trails boast snow cover between 8 and 16 inches. Trails are rated in very good condition.

Remember: Keep headlights and tail lights on at all times!
Before hitching up your snowmobile trailer and hitting the roads; take a moment to check the latest traffic, road, and weather conditions at


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