Snowmobile & ORV Assoc. (SORVA) of Alger County Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Good
  • Last Groomed: February 18th, 2018
  • Base: 18"
  • Past 24hr: 0"
  • Reported On: February 18th, 2018 @ 11:32pm

Groomer Report

TRAIL CONDITIONS GOOD!

Overall trail conditions good. Trails are grooming well and holding but we really need more to improve conditions.
CAUTION: TRAIL 422 blocked by our Pisten Bully that blew a rear drive motor hydraulic line. The Groomer is located approx 2 miles North of M-28 between two curves in the trail. It is passable off the trail but Please ride with caution in this area. Hoping for an early Monday repair.

What do you do when you see a groomer coming towards you? PULL OFF AND LET IT PASS 🙂. We will be grooming during the day and there can be a groomer around that next corner. Watch for groomers when cresting hills or on blind corners. Some of our narrow sections of trail in the hills leave no option other than the snowmobiler turn around and find a spot to pull off. Cooperation is greatly appreciated by the operators – RIDE SAFE!

GROOMING OPERATIONS: All trails groomed within the last 36 hours. Pisten Bully is currently down.

SPECIFIC TRAIL CONDITIONS:
Trail 8 East – Good – – choppy as day progresses
Trail 8 West – Good – choppy as day progresses
Trail 7 South – Good – choppy as day progresses
Trail 7 North – Good – rough and icy corners closer to Christmas as day progresses.
Trail 419W (Munising-Christmas) – Good, a few water holes along the sides of the wet area and pockets (low spots) near the crest of hills so ride with caution. We have a large icy hill that is only allowing us to groom in a westerly direction right now so some corners are not getting completely flat.
Trail 422 (Miners Castle) – Good – watch for tire ruts on Miners Castle Road.
Trail 419E (to Trail 8) – Good – choppy as day progresses with high traffic (a fuel route).
Trail 419 (Wetmore-Munising) – Good to Poor to Good. Very Rough from traffic behind Road Commission as the day progresses. Ride responsibly along M-28, stay on trail and yield to traffic turning in and out of private drives.
Trail Wetmore-28 SPUR to Trail 422 – Good.  Use caution along the curve of M-28 as the trail narrows along a steep bank.

CAUTIONS & WARNINGS

 

CAUTION FOR ALL TRAILs
1/ We are starting to see repeated areas of snow piles thrown on the trails after grooming from off-trail riders leaving the trail and hitting the throttle. A few incidents have been reported from riders unexpectedly hitting them. We do our best to keep the trails flat but PLEASE keep an eye out for these and RIDE WITH CAUTION.

CAUTION FOR TRAIL 8 West
1/ Approximately 1 mile West of Trail 7 South there is a slight ridge in the trail from a cross road that gets amplified as the day progresses, RIDE WITH CAUTION.

CAUTION FOR TRAIL 7 South
1/ Approximately 1/2 mile South of Doe lake Road there is a slight natural ridge in the trail that gets amplified as the day progresses, RIDE WITH CAUTION.

CAUTION FOR TRAIL 419 (Munising – Christmas)
1/ Standing and flowing water creating soft spots in wet areas of the hills closer to Munising. Stay on the trail and watch for a few small water holes along the edges. There are also a few pockets (low spots) in the trail near the crest of hills from underlying springs. We try to keep them filled but with little new snow they keep returning. RIDE WITH CAUTION.

CAUTION FOR TRAIL 422 (Miners Castle)
1/ TRAIL 422 blocked by our Pisten Bully approx 2 miles North of M-28 between two curves in the trail. It is passable off the trail but Please ride with caution.
2/Cars are reported running out Trail 422 to Miners Castle so ride with caution, sometimes tire ruts in the snow, RIDE WITH CAUTION.

CURRENT WEATHER: 35 degrees F, 18 to 28 mph S Winds, Cloudy
Past 24 hour snowfall: 0″ South, 0″ North (approximate)

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(photo: Trail 419 toward Christmas)

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