St. Helen SnowPackers Snowmobile Club Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: See Report Below
  • Last Groomed: February 25th, 2020
  • Base Snowfall: 0"
  • Reported On: March 03rd, 2020 @ 2:27pm

Groomer Report

2019-20 SNOWMOBILE TRAIL CONDITION REPORT

3/3/20. WAITING FOR COLD AND SNOW.

Too much warm weather and sunshine has pretty much took it’s toll on our trails as a whole. You may find some areas that still have a little snow or slush. You will find some areas that are just a sheet of ice. You will find stretches that are just plain dirt. We are done until we get cold and snowy weather.  -SEN.

2/26/2020. POOR or WORSE.

Last weekends warm-up and high traffic really took a toll on our trails. We did groom since then to see what we could make of the aftermath and in hopes of getting some of the snowstorm.  Well, the storm missed us by a LONG ways. We have areas that are in pretty good shape and we have areas that are dirt. WE NEED SNOW AND COLD! -SEN.

2/20/20 GOOD, FOR NOW.

Everything has been groomed on our trail sections. There isn’t any new snow in the forecast until Monday. My real concern is the above freezing daytime temps and sunshine in the forecast for Friday thru Monday. Most likely the trails will start to deteriorate significantly Saturday afternoon. We have a pretty good base that will hold together just fine in the shady areas. But, the open areas will suffer from the sun.

Have Fun! Stay Right! Be Safe!  -SEN

2/17/2020 STILL PRETTY DARN GOOD!

The trails was groomed from Houghton Lake to Roscommon again Sunday night. There are some icy corners and some areas that are getting really thin (mostly trail 6 between Trail 641 and Central Dr.). But, you could encounter a brownish area here and there.  Traffic over the holiday weekend was very heavy. Mostly sleds but there was some wheeled traffic also. Overall, we are still in good shape.

3″ to 6″ of fresh snow in the forecast for the next 24 to 36 hours and relatively cold temperatures will get things back in good shape.

2/11/2020 REALLY REALLY GOOD!

We groomed from Houghton Lake to Roscommon last night.  We still have that icy base so be careful in the corners. The area of trail 6 on the east side of St. Helen is a little thin with some brownish areas but, totally rideable. As you travel away from town, it gets better and better.

This weeks forecast only calls for a little more snow. The mostly below freezing temperatures should keep things in place throughout the week and into the holiday weekend.

We can always use more snow. Keep dancin’!  Even if the neighbors are watching!

 

Have fun! Stay Right! Be safe!  -SEN

 

2/5/20 Fair to Good

The trails are rideable!  You will encounter some icy areas but definitely rideable.  Be careful in the corners! We plan on grooming on Thursday to get things in shape for our SNOW RUN this Saturday!

Be safe! Stay Right! Have Fun!!   -SEN

1/28/20 Not Good

We are out accessing our trails today and tomorrow to see if grooming will be beneficial. We have areas that are fine to ride. We have other areas that are pretty dirty. The colder temps have helped save the (icy/really hard snow) base in many areas. But they took quite a beating over the weekend with the above freezing temps, rain and some sled and wheeled vehicle traffic. With no significant snowfall in the forecast, it’s difficult to say when things will improve. Don’t stop snow dancin’!  -SEN

1/20/20 Very Good almost Excellent!

We received a good 6 to 8″ plus out of Saturday’s snow storm. The trails are in the best condition of the season.  We have a good base but some of the corners are icy, be careful.

There are still a couple waterholes that haven’t froze up but I think they will be before next weekend.  If it wasn’t for the water holes I’d rate our trails as Good to Excellent, more toward Excellent.

The forecast calls for more snow toward the end of the week. Cold temps throughout the week will help keep thing improving.

Our 18th Annual Snow Run is coming up February 8!
Details can be found on our Facebook page >>> SNOW RUN

BE SAFE! STAY RIGHT! HAVE FUN! -SEN

1/12/20 Poor but Ride-able.

Mother Nature only gave us 3 or 4” of snow Saturday night.

Our trails were groomed/panned from Houghton Lake to Roscommon today.

While there is enough snow to ride, there are still many waterholes along the way that make the ride very troublesome. A couple of them are downright terrible.

There were several sleds out there enjoying the trails and managing to find ways around the water holes. But until the water holes freeze up, conditions remain poor but rideable.

The forecast is calling for below freezing nighttime temps, cloudy days and a little snow throughout the week. Possibly several inches on Friday or Saturday. This could put us in very good shape.

Our 18th Annual Snow Run is coming up February 8!
Details can be found on our Facebook page >>> SNOW RUN

Keep your Snow Dance on!!!

BE SAFE! STAY RIGHT! HAVE FUN! -SEN

 

1/6/2020 Poor. 

We did get 2″ or 3″ of snow Sunday afternoon. It’s not enough to groom. Water holes still need to freeze up. Wheeled traffic is not helping at all.  Keep Dancing!  -SEN

1/2/2020 Poor to Barely Rideable

We have been able to pan the trail from Houghton Lake to Roscommon. BE CAREFUL!  There are a lot of waterholes. Some of them are icy, some of them are just water. If this freezes, and the temps in the near future should promote that, we will only need a nice 4″ to 8″ snowfall to get us in pretty good shape. Keep snow dancin’!

Our 18th Annual Snow Run is coming up on February 8, 2020! Please plan to attend! More info. will be available on our Facebook page soon!

Have Fun! STAY RIGHT! Be Safe! -SEN

12/13/19    WE ARE NOT THERE YET

The trails are freezing up. Just need snow. Lot’s and lot’s of snow.

IT’S SNOW DANCING SEASON!

 

12/4/19 POOR/EARLY SEASON CONDITIONS AT BEST

Welcome to our 2019-20 Snowmobile Season!

The Snowpacker’s  have been out working on the trails since August to get them ready for this winter.  We have also been out this week taking care of some trees and brush that came down because of the ice/heavy snow that we were blessed with last Sunday.

The base is VERY thin. Spinning tracks and tires will destroy what base there is. There are water holes here and there from Houghton Lake to Roscommon. Most of them are iced over but the ice isn’t very thick. Temps are playing in our favor, basically, and there is a little snow in the forecast. A nice 8″  to 12″ blanket would put us in very good shape.

Think Snow and start Dancin’!  Have Fun! STAY RIGHT!  Be Safe!   -SEN

 

 

 

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