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Snow and Trail Conditions Update

As of 2/8/22:

County trails are open with occasional closures. Bruce, Hawkins, Ladysmith and Weyerhaeuser were running groomer hard yesterday. Nearly every trail has been groomed since the weekend except Sheldon and the Island Lake area -- pretty thin on the south half of the county. It looks like we may have dodged the warm weather bullet. Highest temp I saw in Ladysmith today was 33 and its starting to cool back down. Forecasts appear to have removed any breaks above freezing and even added some accumulating snow to the forecast later in the week. We have had tremendous turn outs to Rusk Co club fundraisers this year. Let's keep it rolling and pack Shep's Northshore Bar & Campground this Saturday 2/12 for the Neighborly Sno-Goers Snowmobile Club Chicken Dinner!

From Ladysmith Driftbusters (Ladysmith): WRA is plowing roads on Dairyland Flowage. They are extremely difficult to see on sled. Ride with extra caution. Groomers will be out all day today trying to clean up after the weekend. Some forecasts project us being closer to 40 on Tuesday. If that's the case the groomer will be parked until it cools down. Our trails are not closing but please try not to ride them if we're above freezing. If you must ride them please please please ride gently. We need to preserve what we have because apparently, it's not going to snow anymore this year!

From Flambeau Area Trail Tenders Snowmobile Club (Flambeau): Just a friendly reminder. ALL Chippewa County trails closed at 8 am this morning. THIS INCLUDES OUR STUB TRAILS OFF OF LAKE HOLCOMBE, TO LOONY BIN, BIG MINNOW AND CENEX AND COOKIES, AND TO BLACK BEAR! If we do not lose too much snow tomorrow, we will reopen the stub trails on Friday morning. Please check back for updates. Until then, please stay off the trails in Chippewa county. Thank You

-Please check the Ride Rusk page for confirmation on your trail routes and for updates on trail maintenance and grooming.


Cross Country Ski Trails

Blue Hills Trails report:

While skiing Sunday, I decided to look for unusual photos along the side of the trail. From top to bottom:

  • Interesting snowcap
  • Pileated woodpecker townhouse - with one room already rented
  • Getting hung-up
  • Porcupines like to use our blue trail markers for teething

Grooming Report
Last evening we used our trail leveler (a specialized grooming implement) to smooth the skate deck on part of the East Side. Its aggressive teeth and frame were used to attack the center crown, undulations, and uneven spots on part of the Core Loop from 1-2-3-4-5-6, and the Otter Slide / Far East trails. Then out came our big G2 (a finishing implement) to make things pretty again.

-Be sure to visit their website or Facebook page for more trail conditions.


Ladysmith Area Trails report:

Sisters farm trail update the west side trails where groomed today and tracks set. Bike loops also touched up. Bike trails are hard and fast. Thin base but trails are in good shape. Jim will likely touch up the East side for skate skiing.

-For more updates, check out the Ladysmith Area Trail Association Facebook page.


Christie Mountain

NICE WEATHER! Grab your gear and bring the whole family for an awesome winter adventure.

Grab a tube, have a seat, and glide down the one of 8 chutes.

It's here: The 2022 Shreddin' Cheddar all ages ski & snowboarding rail jam kicks off on Saturday March 5th.

Jam format with the top riders selected to battle in a head to head final to win the grand prize.

Registration $12

Competition start: Noon

-Check out their website or Facebook page for more updates.