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Always ride in control!

Always ride in control!

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.

Ride while you can!

Ride while you can!

Trails are in very good shape now.  Due to the past warm ups and rain though, the ground underneath and water isn’t frozen.  So there are some spots where there’s water/mud and slush, but everything else looks really good and has very good snow cover, especially the higher elevation trails.  Trails in the valley have less snow, but still decent cover.  We’ve done a lot of grooming over the past few days, but given the depth in some areas, you might not even know it!

Enjoy the riding while you can!   This is the best we’ve had in awhile!

Latest trail update

Last couple of nights we have been out grooming.  We would have liked to get some grooming done during the day yesterday as well, but it was too warm.  Trails are in good shape in most areas, with some bad spots scattered throughout.  Expect rough spots at any time and ride with caution as always.

Here’s some pictures I took while out for a ride yesterday.

Behind Colton Enterprises – Should be better now

Groomed this last night. If you ride an ungroomed section like this, try to widen it by riding on the edge. It helps a lot when we groom!

Open with caution

Open with caution

We did get snow yesterday.  It was not as much as we’d like, but enough that we can say trails are open with caution.  Conditions are variable with the best riding up high.

If you come across a section of bare trail, please turn around.  Do not ride on bare grass, it will damage the land – please respect our landowners or we won’t have trails to ride.

Hopefully we get more snow this week, looks like next weekend might be better (fingers crossed!)

Latest Trail Update

Latest Trail Update

Until we get more snow, we are not recommending riding at this time.  Lower elevation valley trails are bare or have minimal snow cover.  Please do not ride on any bare section of trail.  Higher elevations are mixed with ice as well so caution should be used.  We’ll update as we have more info.   Thanks and think snow!

Trails are looking good!

Small disclaimer – I have not been on all our trails, so there will be some variation, but I think the majority of our trails are looking good now.  We got the high side of what was forecast for snow – maybe a little more!  Got out at 4am to groom and groomed a number of our trails in the National forest (see pics).  Having ridden those trails yesterday and groomed this morning, they are all in very good shape now.  Enjoy the riding while you can, it is supposed to warm up this week 🙁

Trails are looking good!

Trails are looking good!

With the snow we’ve had in the past week or so, trails are looking much better now.  We’ve been out and have groomed the majority of our trails at least once.  We still need to do more and things aren’t perfect, but they might be the best we’ve seen this year (either that or I’ve got a short memory!).

So enjoy riding and as always, please use caution.  Forecast this weekend looks questionable.  If we do get any rain, please refrain from riding during any rain and wait until things get cold before riding following it.  This will help keep the trails in the best shape possible!  Happy Riding!

Friday Trail Update

Was out grooming earlier this morning. Here’s some pictures. Trails are anywhere from awful to fair and maybe even good, although good would just be some short sections or the gov rd which is nearly always good.  745 Between RD10 and RD11 has a section in very rough shape.  Use caution or avoid.  Trail has very uneven terrain with water undermining sections of the snow.  It was groomed one way today but still needs more grooming/snow to get it in better shape.

Groomer was also out to RD59 last night.  Similar conditions.

 
We need more snow to make a big impact. Use caution on all our trails. Even if it looks groomed and seems fine, that can change quickly.

Trail on Lower Michigan Road

Uneven and rough!

One of the few really nice sections!