Jordan Valley Trails Council Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Poor
  • Last Groomed: February 16th, 2019
  • Base Snowfall: 0"
  • Reported On: December 10th, 2019 @ 7:13pm

Groomer Report

 


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November 29, 2019 – UPDATE:

PLEASE REMEMER SNOWMOBILE TRAILS ARE A PRIVILAGE NOT A RIGHT!  MANY TRAILS CROSS PRIVATE PROPERTY.  PLEASE RESPECT LAND OWNERS AS WELL AS OUR STATE LAND!

Trail condition: Poor

🚨THE JORDAN VALLEY TRAILS COUNCIL GROOMS 24 HOURS A DAY🚨

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!)

After 1” of rain yesterday that melted a lot of our snow, overnight it turned back to snow. We got 5-10” of snow in the area. Weather in the next week is going to hover around the 30* mark with this weekend slightly warmer. Forest outlook says about 12” of snow in the next 10 days.
Trails prior to the rain reported to still have a bunch of water holes here and there with thin snow throughout. Stay tuned here for further updates as we see what the weather does!

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 #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 jordanvalleytrailscouncil@gmail.com.

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

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

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!

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, routes and forest roads!  

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 jordanvalleytrailscouncil@gmail.com 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.

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