Jordan Valley Trails Council Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Fair
  • Last Groomed: January 15th, 2020
  • Base Snowfall: 5"
  • Reported On: January 16th, 2020 @ 8:46am

Groomer Report



January 14, 2019 – UPDATE:


Trail condition: Poor


ORV enthusiasts, please remember that we have multiple places where our trails cross portions of private land.  We have contracts with these landowners for snowmobile use only and ORV traffic has nearly jeopardized a few of these leases.  We have installed new NO ORV sings to help understand where private land is, please know where you are riding and avoid private land.  Private sections are on trail 76, trail 4/76 and the powerlines near Lakes of the North (YES they are private property!)

Trail Update 01-14-20

Periodic grooming has taken place as well as sending out two of our veteran to get an idea on trail conditions.  North 10 is reported to have very good snow with only 1 stretch of snirty snow.  The Jordan Valley is reported to be in fair condition with thin snow in many spots.  Groomers are scheduled to be dispatched there Wednesday.  Jordan Valley toward East Jordan is in fair shape, be cautious of the river flowing across the road @ Penny Bridge, the 1/2 mile stretch at the end of Penny Bridge road the land owner is scraping to dirt to welcome you as well as our couple swampy areas that are still not frozen.  South trails are reported to be in good shape and they as well are scheduled to be groomed tomorrow.  As conditions warrant we will be on top of grooming and will continue to have our expert groomers inspecting trails.  Temperatures in the 15 day forecast are looking more like winter in the 20’s.  Hopefully with the lower temperatures snow will soon follow.  The 15 day forecast shows a possibly system coming in at the end of the week with small amounts of lake effect snow to follow next week!  Please remember we groom 24 hours a day, around the next corner could be one of our great volunteer operators, ride right, ride safe!

Be sure to check out our supporting clubs, @antrimcountysnowmobileclub @eastjordansnowmobilersinc for their latest events and membership opportunities.

Trail update 01-12-20

Well unfortunately the big storm didn’t happen, but we’ve been able to get out there are do some grooming!  Tractors yesterday groomed the Valley and south trails to Lakes of the North and the Hide-a-Way.  Today the valley and North 10 will be groomed.  Looking ahead at the weather forecast we have another 37* day but we also have 4-6+” of snow coming in as well this week.  Hopefully this week we will be able to get the trails in shape for the weekend with the new snow.  Currently trails are mostly snow covered and many of the wet spots are firming up.  Be cautious of dirt, water and snirt on the trails, but they are very much rideable.  Every bit of snow and every groom trails are slowly improving.

Remember its that time of year to re-new your club memberships!

Check out our individual clubs Facebook pages for more information and their other upcoming events

#JVTC #volubteers #dubiegroomers #fueledbyvolunteers #bestinthebusiness #washboardsareforlaundry #sledmichigan #dubiegroomers #johndeere #pistenbully

 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 2019 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) – Give them a On Facebook  January 4th – Breakfast.  February 8th – Weenie roast.  February 29th – Breakfast.   Weekly club rides start January 8th!

East Jordan Sno-Mobilers (Located on Trail 4 in East Jordan) –  Give them a On Facebook, Breakfast being December 1st thru March 31st

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

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

ORV RIDERS!!! : As we head into  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 MANY snowmobile trails in the Lower Peninsula ARE NOT ORV trails!

Off season 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.   

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

Onto the touchy part of our volunteering.  When December 1st rolls around and conditions aren’t ideal we have to constantly juggle the dilemma of when is the right time to start grooming.  The JVTC is fortunate enough to have decades of knowledge of Northern Michigan trails from our board of directors all the way down to our three trail masters and awesome volunteer groomer operators.  Our decisions to groom are calculated decisions and many times involve conversations with area grooming clubs, groomer operators, trail users, MSA volunteers as well as our DNR contact.  Many times our decisions are accurate, but there are also times we make the wrong call, it is literally a flip of the coin (which would somedays be a better option).  Many of these decisions involve the short-term forecast and snowfall on the ground.  These decisions aren’t always popular by a few but in the end most of the time the right decisions are made to benefit the trials as we move forward into the season.  While these decisions are made we have to upholding our commitment as a grant sponsor to make educated decisions for the betterment of the program.  At anytime our trail users have questions about what happens behind the scenes we are always here to answer questions.  Send a message to the Jordan Valley Trails Council Facebook page or email and you will be put in contact with the appropriate people promptly.  We’re always looking for volunteers to help with trail work, drop us a line if your interested.


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.

Poor Trail Complaint