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Snow & Trail Condition Update - April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018 5:25 pm Published by

Snowmobile Trails
Even though we got another dumping of snow -- the snowmobile trails are closed for the season

Cross-Country Ski Trails -
Cross- Country Ski Trail system report fair to good conditions with enjoyable conditions still present during parts of the day.

Today's Report from the Blue Hills Trails - Out like a lion!

8" very dense snowfall Saturday morning. This sits on trails that mostly had a very good base, firm trails that were providing very good freeze/thaw crust skiing before this new snow.

Today's Report from the Sisters Farm Trails - No current report, but we're pretty sure you can still ski.

Blue Hills Trails
http://www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916

Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/

Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking

Christie Mountain downhill ski area is closed for the season.
http://www.christiemountain.com

 

Snow & Trail Condition Update - March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018 3:05 pm Published by

Snowmobile Trails
Most Rusk County Snowmobile trails have closed for the season, due to poor conditions and persistent warm weather. Those that remain open are in poor condition and riding is not recommended.
Trails east of Highway 27 are completely closed, as our trails in the City of Ladysmith and west of Ladysmith.
Trails in the Weyerhaeuser area remain open- but are in poor condition and riding is not recommended. Perhaps trails in the Blue Hills Area where they are covered and shaded will still provide enjoyable riding.

Trails still open could close at any time, please check back for updates.

With the warmer temperatures open water may start to appear on stream and swamp crossings. No ice should every be considered safe, use caution.

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive -more updates.

Cross-Country Ski Trails -
Cross- Country Ski Trail system report fair to good conditions with enjoyable conditions still present during parts of the day.

Today's Report from the Blue Hills Trails - The base is thick, plenty of skiing left.
Crusty surface Thursday morning, easier to get an edge when the temps pushed into the mid 30s yesterday and the bright sunshine helped soften the surface. The classic track was set a week ago, it's holding up well.
Freeze/thaw cycles are here, it's maple sugaring time. Follow the flow of the sap - ski the magic window each day as the trail softens; or on some days, you might find a thrilling evening sunset ski as the temps drop and a glaze is developing. If we've got snow and it's maple syrup time the skiing can be really sweet.

Today's Report from the Sisters Farm Trails - Sisters Farm Trail update. Ski trails on the East side remain pretty good, They have some crust but still provide good sking. West side is currently groomed for biking and riding has been excellent if you ride early with the low temps.

Blue Hills Trails
http://www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916

Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/

Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking

Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting excellent conditions.  They anticipate being open for a few more weeks.
http://www.christiemountain.com

 

Snow & Trail Condition Update - March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018 10:36 pm Published by

Snowmobile Trails  -
A heavy snowfall of 6" was received on Monday, which covered up the bare spots on the trails and brought them up to mostly good to fair condition. There isn't much base in some areas - in particular exposed areas and near roadways, but trails in the woods are in great condition. Anticipate "spring riding" with inconsistent trail conditions depending on where you are, but we expect trails to remain open and be very enjoyable through the upcoming weekend. Clubs will be out grooming this new snow, getting the trails into the best possible condition.

Be on the lookout for caution signs, detoured or closed trails- as that happens from time to time.  Otherwise, expect good sledding.
With the warmer temperatures open water may start to appear on stream and swamp crossings. No ice should every be considered safe, use caution.

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive -more updates.

Cross-Country Ski Trails -
The approx. 6" (more on the West/Northwest side of County) of new snow rejuvenated the trails, and once groomed expect excellent conditions to be available.  Trails will change throughout the day with temperatures at or above freezing during the day and freezing hard overnight. A good base remains and with continuous grooming has the trails in excellent condition. Adjust your waxes as necessary.
All trails have track for classical skiing, and great groomed corduroy for freestyle (skate) skiing.

Blue Hills Trails
http://www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916
Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking

Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting excellent conditions.
http://www.christiemountain.com

Snow & Trail Condition Update - March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018 12:47 pm Published by

Snowmobile Trails  -
Warm temperatures and sunny days have cause some deterioration in trail conditions, but cold overnights have helped maintained the base and kept the trails in mostly good condition. You may encounter some bare spots, but overall trails are still enjoyable and very ridable.

Be on the lookout for caution signs, detoured or closed trails- as that happens from time to time.  Otherwise, expect good sledding.
With the warmer temperatures open water may start to appear on stream and swamp crossings. No ice should every be considered safe, use caution.

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive -more updates.

Cross-Country Ski Trails -
Good to excellent conditions on all trails. Warm and sunny days means that trail conditions are better in the morning. A good base remains and with continuous grooming has the trails in excellent condition. Adjust your waxes as necessary.
All trails have track for classical skiing, and great groomed corduroy for freestyle (skate) skiing.

Blue Hills Trails
http://www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916
Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking

Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting excellent conditions.
http://www.christiemountain.com

Snow & Trail Condition Update - February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 1:43 am Published by

UPDATE - 6" of new snow received on 2/22-2/23 with more on the way... As trails are groomed expect great conditions on all trails for the weekend.

A few warm days this past week did cause some deterioration in the trails. However, the cold overnights kept the base in decent condition. The forecast calls for more snow over the next couple of days - so cross your fingers. Even without additional snow the trails are in very ridable condition - with much of the area still with good trail reports. Grooming continues, and the clubs are doing their best to keep them in great shape.

Snowmobile Trails  -
All Rusk County Snowmobile Trails are open and reporting fair to good conditions throughout the County.  Groomers are out on the trails nearly everyday, and a good base remains.  Be on the lookout for caution signs, detoured or closed trails- as that happens from time to time.  Otherwise, expect good sledding.
This weekend's Snowmobile event is the Sheldon Rough Riders Snowmobile Club's Brat & Chili Feed in Sheldon at their grooming shed on Trail #99 -- on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 11am-3pm.
https://ruskcountywi.com/event/sheldon-rough-riders-brat-chili-feed/

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive -more updates.

Cross-Country Ski Trails -
A couple warm days did have an effect on the trails, but overall the trails remain in great shape. Fortunately, the cold overnights prevented additional deterioration, and the trail association's are grooming to get the best conditions. Good to excellent conditions on all trails. A good base with continuous grooming has the trails in excellent condition. Not much more can be said -- get out and glide.
All trails have track for classical skiing, and great groomed corduroy for freestyle (skate) skiing.

Blue Hills Trails
http://www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916
Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking
Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting excellent conditions.
http://www.christiemountain.com

 

Snow & Trail Condition Update - February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018 11:08 pm Published by

The trails remain awesome. Not much snow in the last week, and there have been a few warm days - but cold overnights along with routine grooming have kept the trails in great shape.  The trails are seeing a fair amount of traffic, but clubs are doing their best to keep them in top notch condition.

Snowmobile Trails  -
All Rusk County Snowmobile Trails are open and reporting great conditions throughout the County.  Groomers are out on the trails nearly everyday, and a good base has been established.  Be on the lookout for caution signs, detoured or closed trails- as that happens from time to time.  Otherwise, expect good sledding.
This weekend's Snowmobile event is the Bruce Bluehills Trailblazers Fundraiser at the Wonderspot Resort on Trail #31/Highway 40. http://ruskcountywi.com/event/bruce-blue-hills-trailblazers-annual-fundraiser

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive -more updates.

Cross-Country Ski Trails - 
Top notch conditions on all trails. A good base with continuous grooming has the trails in excellent condition. Not much more can be said -- get out and glide.
All trails have track for classical skiing, and great groomed corduroy for freestyle (skate) skiing.

For more detailed cross-country trail updates visit their website and Facebook pages.
Blue Hills Trails
http://www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916
Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking
Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting excellent conditions.
http://www.christiemountain.com

 

Snow & Trail Condition Update - February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018 9:24 am Published by

The trails are awesome. A additional inches of snow this past weekend along with consistent grooming has the trails in great condition with enjoyable riding throughout the County. The trails are seeing a fair amount of traffic, but clubs are doing their best to keep them in top notch condition.

Snowmobile Trails  -
All Rusk County Snowmobile Trails are open and reporting good conditions throughout the County.  Groomers are out on the trails nearly everyday, and a good base has been established.  Be on the lookout for caution signs, detoured or closed trails- as that happens from time to time.  Otherwise, expect good sledding.
This weekend's Snowmobile event is the Neighborly Sno-Goers Chicken & Chili Feed at Shep's Northshore Bar & Campground on Trail #31/Highway 40. http://ruskcountywi.com/event/neighborly-sno-goers-chicken-chili-feed/

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive -more updates.

Cross-Country Ski Trails - 
Top notch conditions on all trails. A good base with continuous grooming has the trails in excellent condition. Not much more can be said -- get out and glide.
All trails have track for classical skiing, and great groomed corduroy for freestyle (skate) skiing.

For more detailed cross-country trail updates visit their website and Facebook pages.
Blue Hills Trails
http://www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916
Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking
Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting excellent conditions.
http://www.christiemountain.com

 

Snow & Trail Condition Update - January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 9:02 am Published by

Fresh snow!  A few inches of new snow was received overnight, which will be a big help in rejuvenating the trails.  A couple warm days over the past weekend, and a good amount of use did impact the trails - but with new snow and continued grooming all trails remain in very good condition.

Snowmobile Trails  -
All Rusk County Snowmobile Trails are open and reporting good conditions throughout the County.  Groomers are out on the trails nearly everyday, and a good base has been established.  Be on the lookout for caution signs, detoured or closed trails- as that happens from time to time.  Otherwise, expect good sledding.

This weekend's Snowmobile event is the Ladysmith Driftbuster's Brat and Chili Feed at the Tee Away in Ladysmith. http://ruskcountywi.com/event/ladysmith-driftbusters-chili-brat-feed/

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive more updates.

Cross-Country Ski - Fat Tire Bike - Snowshoe Trails
All trail systems are being groomed regularly and are in excellent condition.
For more detailed cross-country trail updates visit their website and Facebook pages.
Blue Hills Trails
www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916
Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking
Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting excellent conditions.
www.christiemountain.com

Snow & Trail Condition Update - January 23, 2018

January 23, 2018 9:59 pm Published by

The forecasted snow storm produced significant snowfall in the area - anywhere from 8-12" in the County.  This is exactly what we needed, and once groomed all snowmobile and cross-country ski trails will be open and in good condition.

Snowmobile Trails  -
Tomorrow (January 24) at 8am, ALL Rusk County Snowmobile Trails will be open (with only a couple exceptions - noted below).  The Sheldon Snowmobile Club is out grooming today, which allows the Southeast quadrant to join the rest of the County in being open.
Exceptions to trails being open - Corridor Trail 31 from the Village of Bruce to Dejung Rd. is closed (update expected soon).  There is also a bypass trail on Trail 99 about 5 miles north of Flambeau Lodge - to avoid the work of some beavers - look for caution signs and the bypass trail in this area.
This weekends Snowmobile Event is the Hawkins Sno-Hawks Brat feed on Saturday, January 27.
http://ruskcountywi.com/event/hawkins-sno-hawks-brat-feed/

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive more updates.

Cross-Country Ski - Fat Tire Bike - Snowshoe Trails
For more detailed cross-country trail updates visit their website and Facebook pages.
Blue Hills Trails
www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916
Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking
Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting excellent conditions.
www.christiemountain.com

Snow and Trail Condition Update - January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018 9:39 pm Published by

A few more inches of snow fell earlier this week, and has made it possible to open more Snowmobile Trails in the County.  Groomers have been out and are reporting  mostly fair to very good conditions.  Cross-country ski trails are also groomed and in good to excellent shape.

Snowmobile Trails  -
Tomorrow (January 18) at 8am, more than 3/4 of the County will be open for snowmobiling.  The Southwest, Northwest, and Northeast Quadrants will all be open -with some exceptions.  This means that most trails West of Highway 27 are open, and trails East of Highway 27 and North of Highway 8 are open. See the quadrant map below for reference.  Exceptions to these quadrants opening - Corridor Trail 31 from the Village of Bruce to Dejung Rd. is closed.  There is also a bypass trail on Trail 99 about 5 miles north of Flambeau Lodge - to avoid the work of some beavers - look for caution signs and the bypass trail in this area.  Corridor Trail 25N from Hawkins to Sawyer County, and Trail 116/Corridor Trail 16 from Ingram to Hawkins and into Price County, also remain open.

This weekends Snowmobile Event by the Flambeau Area Trailtenders at Flater's Resort will be accessible by snowmobile. http://ruskcountywi.com/event/flambeau-area-trail-tenders-snowmobile-club-brat-chili-feed/

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive more updates.  We expect an update on the Southeast Quadrant before the weekend.

 

Cross-Country Ski - Fat Tire Bike - Snowshoe Trails
For more detailed cross-country trail updates visit their website and Facebook pages.
Blue Hills Trails
www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916
Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking
Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting good conditions.
www.christiemountain.com

Snow and Trail Condition Update - January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018 11:15 pm Published by

A healthy dumping of snow fell yesterday across the County.  It appears anywhere from 3-5" was received.  Groomers are starting to work on trails and we expect to hear conditions report over the next day.  The snow should return cross-country ski trails to good condition once grooming is complete.

Snowmobile Trails  -
We do know that tomorrow (1/13) at 8am, snowmobile trails in the Hawkins area will be open.  However this will only be Corridor Trail 25N from Hawkins to Sawyer County, and Trail 116/Corridor 16 from Ingram to Hawkins and into Price County.  At this time no other snowmobile trails have opened, and we don't expect to see any updates until next week.

Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive more updates.

For more detailed cross-country trail updates visit their website and Facebook pages.
Blue Hills Trails
www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916
Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking

Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting good conditions.
www.christiemountain.com

Snow and Trail Condition Update - January 2, 2018

January 2, 2018 6:40 pm Published by

As we start the New Year, Snowmobile trails remain closed until additional snowfall is received.

Cross-country ski trail systems in Ladysmith and the Blue Hills are open and have received periodic grooming.  Even with the limited snowfall surprisingly good conditions can be found on the trail systems.  There are some poor spots so caution should be used.  For more detailed trail updates visit their website and Facebook pages.

Blue Hills Trails
www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916

Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/

Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking

Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting good conditions.
www.christiemountain.com