St. Helen SnowPackers Snowmobile Club Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Closed
  • Last Groomed: February 13th, 2018
  • Base Snowfall: 0"
  • Reported On: March 22nd, 2018 @ 9:38am

Groomer Report



I’m sure this will come as no surprise, we are done with our snow grooming for this year. It’s time to clean and service the equipment and put it away until the next snowmobile season starts in December. It’s been a pretty bad winter for all of us snowmobilers. In fact, this was the worst season for grooming for the Snowpackers.

If you happen to be one of the many snowmobilers that enjoy riding the trails on ORV’s in the summer, please put our NO SNOW FUN RUN on your calendar. June 9, 2018. check out our >FACEBOOK< page for more details.



Well, mother nature has graced us with a few inches of snow. It has yet to be determined whether or not we can actually groom/pan anything. While the snow is wet enough to pack and could create some sort of base, it’s too early to tell what sort of trail conditions we may actually end up with. Diehard sledders will most likely be out there enjoying what may be the last ride of the season. To those people I would like to stress that there are many water holes that have had ice on them and that ice has been broken up by wheeled vehicles. So, it’ll be rough going in those areas. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. The next Snowpackers meeting is 10am, March 17 at the clubhouse. Everyone is welcome!


Unridable. Dirt with lots of ice. Mother Nature has dealt us what could arguably be the worst winter in our clubs history. With daytime temps above freezing for the next 15 days, it’s hard to believe we will get a chance to get out there again. That being said, March storms are always possible and could give us one last chance.



It’s too warm to groom. I haven’t been on the trails since Sunday, but with these temps we all know that the trails are deteriorating quickly. At best you can expect an icy base in the shaded areas and slush or mud in the areas exposed to sunshine. Very discouraging snowmobile season.


Our trails are in the best shape they have been in all year! This is the first time this year I have been comfortable in rating them as ‘GOOD’.

But, please don’t stop snow dancing! There is a bit of a warm-up in the forecast that could screw things up. Let’s hope not.


What a difference a day makes! Things didn’t change much until this morning. We got about 4 or 5″ of fresh snow today. It’s fluffy but we will be going out to try to use it to build up the base. The base is icy so be careful out there

Hopefully the warm-up in the forecast won’t set us back too much. Time will tell.  Keep dancin’! It’s not over yet!


OKAY!  Things are shaping up! Our trails are in Fair condition but  beware of icy spots. We could always use more snow, but we will take what we can to get things moving forward. The base is thin, so please take it easy on the spinning your track.  Have fun, be safe!  -SEN


 We’ve been out panning. The Houghton Lake section of trail 6 is thin with some rough icy spots. Most likely caused by wheeled vehicles during the warm-up.

I’ll have a report for the Roscommon trail on Thursday.

Our Snow Run will happen snow or no snow. The pit stops are accessible by car. Thanks for checkin’ in! SEN


Again, no improvement yet. The forecasts suggest things may turn back toward a more snowmobile friendly pattern. We can only wait and see.

Snow or not, our 16th Annual Snow Run WILL still happen. All of the pit stops are accessible by automobile.  Please click this link for Snow Run details>>  2018 Snow Run



No improvement, whatsoever. The ground has remained frozen but we don’t have any snow… yet. Keep Dancing. -SEN



Well. This sucks. I haven’t been on the trails since last Saturday. But, I’m sure they are junk. The temps are supposed to fall back below freezing, so maybe the ground will stay frozen and we can start all over again. Incredibly discouraging is all I can say. 🙁


Nothing much has changed yet. We have panned to Houghton Lake and Roscommon. Please keep your fingers crossed that the warm-up doesn’t ruin what little we have and the little bit of system snow in the forecast comes true for Saturday. Thanks for visiting! Be safe and see you on the trails! -SEN


We are still panning when conditions permit. But it’s still pretty snirty out there.  The base we have is thin. This region of the state needs a good old fashioned snowstorm!  While there are some areas that have a fair amount of snow, there has been so much traffic, you will invariably find some snirt too.


Please be careful on trail 69 heading toward Roscommon. There is a logging operation going on that will have a direct impact on a section of the trail near St. Helen. The logging company is supposed to be keeping the trail open and ride-able. If you see something that you believe needs specific attention, please contact the Snowpackers via private message on our Facebook page.


 Plans are in the works for our 16th Annual Snow Run. Save the date! February 10, 2018!

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