Jordan Valley Trails Council Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Good
  • Last Groomed: January 04th, 2018
  • Base Snowfall: 5"
  • Reported On: January 05th, 2018 @ 4:25am

Groomer Report


January  5, 2018 – UPDATE:



Top of the day riders! 

Trail condition: good and continuing to get better!

Warning: Trail 766 has an ennexpected small washout, a stop sign has been added for your safety!

With every flake that falls, trails continue to improve!    A few parts of the trail are still thin with some blown out corners but overall trails are in good shape!   Our volunteer groomer operators have been busting their rear ends and doing a great job!   We’ve had some minor set backs with equipment over the last week but we’ve done the best to keep things moving!

Please stay tuned for more information!

#JVTC #volunteers #dubiegroomers #Lakeeffectsnow #Sledmichigan

 We have a great group of volunteers, if you’d like to help out in the offseason or inspire to be a groomer driver, contact any of our affiliated clubs or email

A friendly reminder – we groom 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and most groomer runs average between 5 and 8 hours, our trail system now entails roughly 75 one- way miles with the majority of our segments groomed down and back.  Remember to grab those 2017 trail permits before you hit the trail, they fund us to be able to give you great trails.  Ride safe!

Local JVTC Club Affiliate News:

Antrim County Snowmobile Club (Located on Trail 4/76 in Alba) – Weekly club rides starting January 3rd, 2018.  Overnight Mackinac ride January 28-29 (See Facebook for more details),  Weenie Roast February 10th.  Pancake breakfast February 24.

East Jordan Sno-Mobilers (Located on Trail 4 in East Jordan) – Sunday breakfast – first Sunday in December thru the last Sunday in March – 7am – noon.

Charlevoix County Snowmobile Club (No Clubhouse) – No events planned

Find all of our clubs on the web as well as up to date information on Facebook along with full calendar of events

Become a member and get involved with a local club, without them there are no trails to ride!

ORV RIDERS!!! : As we head into the 2017-2o18 snowmobile season we please ask that ORV’s refrain from using our groomed snowmobile trails. It is not only dangerous for both ORV riders as well as snowmobile riders but our groomer operators spend countless hours preparing and maintaining trails. Ruts created from ORV can be very dangerous for snowmobilers as well as stressful for groomer operators as it requires much more time and effort to properly get the trail back into great condition. Please be respectful of fellow sportsmen. The JVTC is pro ORV and one of our board members has been fighting to gain further ORV routes in the area, but we also realize there is a need for each user group to have their own seasons.

Remember it’s that time of year to re-new your dues to your local snowmobile club and the MSA!

As we transition from snow to grass and tracks to wheels remember that MOST snowmobile trails in the Lower Peninsula ARE NOT ORV trails! (PA288 WILL NOT open up snowmobile trails when it takes effect 01/01/2018 in our area)

ORV traffic on sled trails causes many contour changes in the trails from banked corners to washed out hills to creating potholes and whoops.  All this damage, if fixed, is repaired by snowmobile dollars!  If it is not fixed it causes us to start the season with terrain that is already sub par which will create trails of equal caliber.  Please be aware of this and ride wisely and stay to the designated ORV trails and routes!  

Thank you!

Please note the new ORV law (PA288) below does not take effect until January 2018 in our area!  This new legislation also DOES NOT INCLUDE our snowmobile trails nor does it include Federal Forests, the Jordan Valley as well is and will continue to be closed to ORV traffic.  Please be aware of these changes and respect our state land as well as private property owners.

Stay tuned to our Facebook for information and news regarding trails and our council activities throughout the summer!

Please respect the trails. Being able to cross an individual’s private property is a PRIVILEGE not a Right…

The Jordan Valley Trails Council is a joint effort between the Antrim County Snowmobile Club, East Jordan Sno-mobilers, and the Charlevoix Snowmobile Club. Please support these clubs and remember all the trail workers and groomer drivers are volunteers! GIVE THEM A BIG THUMBS UP!

Our fleet includes a John Deere 6150R with a 8 1/2′ Dubie Groomer with dual 30″ wings out of East Jordan, a John Deere 7630 with a 9 1/2′ Dubie Groomer with 30″ dual wings out of Elmira, and a Pisten Bully 400 with a 9 1/2′ Dubie Groomer with dual 30″ wings centered in Mancelona. At full load out 2 of our 3 groomers are capable of  grooming 14 1/2′ of snow in one pass! We also have a John Deere 5085 that the Jordan Valley Trails Council owns with a front bucket and Dubie Brush Cutter front attachment for limb cutting as well as 2 mower attachments for storm and seasonal clean up.

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