February 14, 2019:  GOOD TO VERY GOOD - Very Icy Base

8″ to 10″ of snowfall have put us back out on the trails. Our Groomers have reported Good to Excellent conditions for the Houghton Lake section of our system. The Roscommon section is scheduled to be groomed today. There is still a very thick icy base underneath that could become problematic after a few hole shots in any given area, especially going through corners. Today’s slight warm up could be helpful as long as the liquid precipitation is kept to a minimum. A little moisture in the snow will get our snow base to tighten up and really give us something to work with and possibly give me the confidence to upgrade the trails to excellent.

All area clubs are out grooming as well and I’m confident their systems are in very good conditions too!

Have fun, be safe, STAY RIGHT!! -SEN

Please be watchful for wheeled vehicle traffic out there on the trails, all traffic for that matter. STAY on the RIGHT side of the trail and ALWAYS assume that someone is coming around the corner and may be on the wrong side of the trail. In our area, the snowmobile trails are a shared trail. Meaning wheeled traffic could be encountered, even on a groomed snowmobile trail. At the request of the DNR/PRD, and MSA, If you see damage that has been done to a groomed snowmobile trail, anywhere in the state, by wheeled vehicles, please take pictures and send them to us via private message or directly to one of the agencies mentioned. Thank you. The majority of all trail users are respectful of our efforts to provide an enjoyable snowmobile experience. They also understand that a lot of money and volunteer hours go into preparing and maintaining the groomed snowmobile trails. This is what your snowmobile trail permit money is used for.

If you see a problem on the trails that you believe needs specific attention, please contact the Snowpackers via private message on our Facebook page.

Visit the Snowpacker's Facebook page for the most recent updates from riders in the area.

<Click Here> for a brochure from the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators that explains a bit about trail grooming practices and why we do things the way we do.  THANK YOU! for keeping informed about safe snowmobiling practices.

MDNR Trail Maps are Large .pdf files that give a good outline showing how trails connect.