Well, we’ve gotta take the bad with the good. We just ran 49 down to 12 mile road and it’s overall in fair condition. There are sections that are nice and smooth and others where the Tag Alders are poking up through the trail as you can see in a couple of these pics. The only cure for that is MORE SNOW! It has been snowing all day but not adding up to more than a couple of inches of fluff. Here’s the scoop on the rest of the trails…
8 out to Brimley is in good shape
8 between Brimley and Raco was done overnight and is in much better shape than it was after heavy traffic yesterday
City trails are all in good shape, watch for branches in spots
472 out of Kinross west to 480 out to Raco (the Spile Dam) was done today. Groomer Mike reports that there are a lot of moguls in that area not due to snow but due to dirt and we need more snow to fill them in. He also ran 49 out of Kinross north past Gaines Highway and turned around before the beaver pond. He reports that section to also have moguls due to dirt and lack of snow.
The section of trail 49 south of 12 mile and north of where he turned around (known as the beaver pond) is the only section of trail that we cannot groom at this time due to very deep water under the ice. Please use caution here!
Kinross 494 behind the airport to 49 south toward Pickford will be done tomorrow.
Raco/ Bay Mills / Brimley loop ( 8 and 889) is in good shape
Ride safe and keep the snow dances going!❄️❄️❄️
We’ve had a busy year, brushing, signing and performing necessary repairs on our 100 mile trail system and our equipment. Please see our Facebook page for pictures and updates on what our dedicated volunteers have accomplished.
Thank you all for riding our trail system and supporting the businesses that support the Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association. We are ready for the season! The work never ends with trail maintenance, groomer maintenance and DNR grant paper work. We appreciate all of our volunteers and the land owners that allow us to have the trail system that we have.
Stay safe everyone and we’ll see you on the trails very soon!
-There is now a plowed parking area at the beginning of trail #8 under the International Bridge, which has an all season porta John. Make sure you lock your vehicles and trailers.
-We now have a marked trail going to Chippewa Motors. It starts once you come out of the woods east of M-129 off #449. It comes into their parking lot from behind if you need parts or service.
-City curfew is from 1 am – 6 am. Remember most City streets are open to traffic 20 mph, stop at all intersections, and ride on the right hand side of street not on side walks. Watch for closed streets that are posted, mainly around the hospital, university, and state trunk lines.
-When the trail is running along roads make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road.
-Remember trail base is the amount of snow between your track and the ground below not the amount of fluff piled up in the woods. 10 inches of snow compresses to less then a inch on the trail.
-If you are staying in the Sault please look at our list of supporters on our web page and give them your business. Please do that in all towns you visit. The grooming entities are all made up of volunteers who want you to support those who support us!!!!!!
-Follow us on Facebook too!
*Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 –
Good- a few whoops
*Brimley to Raco, Trail #8
Fair – thin in spots and may have moguls due to lack of snow and heavy traffic
When going across the bridge in Brimley make sure you go with your the flow of traffic! Blowing and drifting occurs when you first leave Brimley.
Watch for trail change going south just before getting to Raco.
*Mission Hill trail #889
*Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49
Good- watch for wet areas and debris, especially between Kewadin and The Antlers Restaurant
We now have a marked trail going to Chippewa Motors. It starts once you come out of the woods east of M-129 off #449. It comes into their parking lot from behind if you need parts or service.
City curfew is from 1 am – 6 am. Remember most City streets are open to traffic 20 mph, stop at all intersections, and ride on the right hand side of street not on side walks. Watch for closed streets that are posted, mainly around the hospital, university, and state trunk lines.
*Sault Ste. Marie to Kinross, Trail #49 –
Fair- need more snow to cover the brush popping up through the trail. We can only make it south to 12 mile because there are still a lot of wet areas, some are as deep as 5’ of water under the ice use extreme caution here!!!
Make sure you follow reroute once you cross bridge going south at 7 Mile road .
*Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494-
Fair to good- thin in spots
*Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480-
Fair- moguls due to dirt and lack of snow to fill them in
There is a long stretch of road riding along Ploegstra Road before you get to the Spile Adam area where it is down to pavement.