The good! The trails! They are shaping up and with the snow we have coming Sunday, we’ll be in great shape. The bad? The rider who decided to ride right through at least two stakes we had up in the field across from the clear. The stop ahead sign and another stake we’re snapped in half and the tracks of a sled go right through it. Clearly intentionally (or the person who did it has no business being on the trail). These are all put up by volunteers and take a lot of time and destroying them or not abiding by them, riding on the marked trail only damage snowmobiling as a whole. Please respect our landowners and signs and stay on the trail.
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Our trails are open and conditions have been improving. We have been out grooming and have groomed most of our trails. More snow is expected later this week so conditions should continue to improve. Ride with caution as we are still looking at early season conditions with open water bars and thin spots in areas.
Our trails are closed and will not open until December 16th and only if we have enough snow (which is looking good!). Riding before the trails open only jeopardize our trails. Thanks for respecting our landowners!
At that time, we will likely need help clearing trails of trees that have come down during this recent storm.
Everyone should have received an invitation by now. This is a reminder to RSVP by tomorrow for the land owner dinner if you will be attending. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Dinner is next weekend, Saturday April 28th. Happy hour starts at 5:30 and dinner buffet at 6pm.
Dinner is $15/adults and $6/child age 12 and under. There will be prices raffled off throughout the evening.
Hope to see you there!
After some additional discussion last night, we’ve decided to close all trails outside the Michigan area. The Michigan area are the section of our trails that are mainly in the national forest (Bloodroot, Carmel, North Pond, 73/74/745). Riding in town or heading North, East or South of town is not possible now with those sections of trails closed.
We don’t like closing trails with a few more weeks of riding left, but this is necessary to protect our landowners and have trails for next season. Thanks!
Remember – you can always view trail info on the VAST map online. Just remember, some clubs are not as quick to update, so just because something might show as open, it is always good to check. I have seen that Bridgewater has closed all their trails.
This past weekend was great for some added riding, although with the warmer temps and the number of sleds out there, we now need to close some sections of our trails. Best riding is in Michigan. See image for current update. Trails in the Michigan section (73/74/745) still have plenty of snow and you can still ride over to Chittenden. You just need to trailer in most cases to get out there. Parking is available at the end of Upper Michigan rd. We’ve had to close the trails in the valley as they are bare/mud in most spots. We expect conditions to deteriorate further over the week and will update when necessary.
Today we had a close call, in an otherwise great day of riding. While we were approaching a corner, another rider was going far too fast and couldn’t make it and ended up going straight into the snow off the trail. Fortunately he ended up going behind my wife and her sled and my son and I we’re able to stop. This could have been far worse.
I’m sharing, because I hope at least one rider who rides like this one did might change their riding without having to have a near miss or an actual accident. Everyone wants to enjoy their ride and also enjoy a ride the following day. So please, ride for the trails and conditions. If you can’t see what is up ahead, slow down. There is a time and place for speed and it is not when you can’t see far ahead. You should always be able to stop for turns or any unexpected hazard that might be in the trail. Just imagine if we had been in the groomer, not on sleds? This would have been a collision for sure. So please, ride within control and speed appropriate for the trail and conditions at all times.
To the rider, I hope this was a valuable lesson learned. We all do stupid things, we just need not repeat them.