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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Another cold weekend with great riding ahead

Cold temperatures and snow in many sections of the state has snowmobile trails in good condition to very good condition. Sledders can expect great riding for the upcoming weekend. Before attempting to cross any river or lake, be sure to check the ice depth.

In the Petoskey area trails are being groomed to iron out bumps and ridges that last weekend’s heavy traffic left behind. Watch for some ice on the steeper inclines and rounding corners. Overall, trails are in very good to excellent condition.
Gaylord and Beulah trails are in good shape with regular grooming taking place. A snow storm is in the forecast for Friday and the upcoming weekend.

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Alpena trails are in good shape and grooming taking place on a daily basis. Trail 992 and the new 464 connector are very smooth, as well as trails throughout Posen.
Mancelona trails are in good shape even after some hearty riding last weekend. The groomers are doing a good job maintaining smooth trails. Trails have a good snow base with plenty of packed powder.
Grayling and Frederick trails are in excellent shape and awesome riding is taking place.

Sledding in the western portion of the U.P. is rated good to very good this week. All trails are groomed throughout the six counties.

Iron trails boast up to 20 inches of cover and are in gorgeous shape. Excellent riding is taking place between Crystal Falls to Republic. Grooming is taking place on a daily basis.
Gogebic and Ontonagon groomers are doing a great job smoothing the trails for this weekend. Bruce Crossing, Watersmeet and Silver City trails have some fresh snow cover and all are in very good condition.

Photo courtesy Marquette Country CVB

In Houghton and Keweenaw counties the snow cover is still pushing upwards of 37 inches. Groomers are out daily, most trails are in good shape with a few only in fair condition around Copper Harbor. Logging is taking place on trail 133. Chassel, Sidnaw, Nestoria, Alston and Baraga trail systems are all rated in good to very good shape. Snow cover ranges from one foot to almost three feet in areas.

Snowmobilers riding around the central portion of the U.P. will find trails in very good to excellent condition. Grand Marais, Munising, Marquette, Ishpeming, Sawyer, Delta, and Harvey trails are all rated in excellent condition with snow bases ranging between 8-18 inches. Very good riding is taking place throughout Wilson creek, Menominee, Seney and Manistique areas. Snow bases on these trails ranges from 3-8 inches. All trails are groomed throughout the central region.

You won’t have to travel far in the eastern region of the U.P. because just about everywhere exceptional riding is available. Sault Ste. Marie, Brimley, Raco, Kinross, DeTour, and St. Ignace, and all trails in between are rated in excellent shape. Curtis trails are rated in the best shape in years with fabulous riding taking place. Drummond Island trails are perfectly groomed and in very good to excellent condition. A solid snow base ranges from 4-12 inches. The snow coverage throughout the eastern region ranges from 4 inches to 2 feet.

Remember: Stay on marked trails and off private property.

Report courtesy Michigan AAA. Before heading to your snowmobile destination check the latest traffic, road, and weather conditions at


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