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Snow and Trail Condition Updates

January 25, 2022 6:15 pm Published by

As of 1/25/22:

County trails are open with occasional closures. Please check the Ride Rusk page for confirmation on your trail routes and for updates on trail maintenance and grooming.

From Hawkins-Snow Hawks (Hawkins): Sno-hawks groomers are both out and fire is going in warming shack, stop in and warm up.

Cross Country Ski Trails

Blue Hills Trails report: 

Lovely cold January day in the Hills yesterday. Bluebird sky, fresh powder, quiet skis, winds in the treetops, woodpeckers hammering, crows talking. When you stop to appreciate your surroundings, it really isn't a silent sport, is it?

Grooming Report

  • Groomers rolled (packed) the East Side trails yesterday afternoon & evening.
  • We received several dry powder snowfalls this past weekend, groomers packed the powder snow across the width of the trails, and this included wiping out the classic track on the East Side trails.
  • The West Side trails were not groomed yesterday and still have 2-3 inches of powder snow and a well defined classic track.

Grooming Plans

  • If he can tolerate today's subzero temps, our head groomer hopes to reset classic track on the East Side Core Loop this afternoon.
  • Holding off on setting more classic track on the East Side trails until after windy conditions decrease later this week. That way we'll have a fresh track with minimal oak leaves, pine needles, etc.
  • Based on the weather forecast, Thursday evening would be a good time to set new classic track.

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

 

Ladysmith Area Trails report:

Sisters farm trail report. Jim groomed the skate lane on the East side and looks good. We did not have enough snow to redo the track on either side of the road. Dave groomed the west side trails for bikes and snowshoeing and should be excellent for fat bikes. Track needed to be skied in but should also be good.  Enjoy!

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

 

Christie Mountain

Each morning starting at 4am our grooming crew climbs into the cats and start the grooming process. By grooming early in the morning this insures the best possible quality snow conditions for our guests.

See you on the mountain!

Open today 10am-10pm (times may vary, check their website to stay up to date!)

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

Snow and Trail Condition Updates

January 20, 2022 10:46 am Published by

As of 1/20/22:

County trails are open with occasional closures. Please check the Ride Rusk page for confirmation on your trail routes and for updates on trail maintenance and grooming.

From Ladysmith Driftbusters (Ladysmith): All Ladysmith Driftbusters trails will be ready for the weekend! Our base is thin but solid. Some spots poor and some really nice, overall they remain in FAIR condition. Still hanging onto early season conditions so ride appropriately!

WE NEED SNOW!

- 98 to Conrath groomed Monday night.

- 12/27 to JS Supper Club & Catering groomed Monday night.

- 116 east to Ingram groomed this morning.

- 12 to Flambeau River Lodge groomed this morning.

- North loop (27/99/12) grooming in progress.

 

Cross-Country Ski Trails 

Blue Hills Trails report:

Adequate base, you can use your good skis. With several dustings of snow this past week, skiing has been very good and hasn't required fresh grooming - "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." All the East Side trails are open and groomed for skating; about 75% of the East Side trails are being groomed for classic skiing. The north half of the West Side is groomed.

East Side: firm, fairly fast skating conditions with good edge control; classic conditions are very good. Anticipate some trail litter as a result of brisk winds January 18/19.

West Side: the north half was groomed January 19th with plans to set classic track.

West Side logging was completed January 18th. Until snow builds up where the West Side logging was performed, you can access the West Side at Letter L. (West Side access currently is limited due to bare ground on certain ski trails - READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES INFO section).

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

 

Ladysmith Area Trails report:

Sisters farm was all groomed today and is great shape. Skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking are all a go. Get out and enjoy. Remember skiing only on East side trails, skiing, snowshoe and bikes on the west side trails. As always please no hiking on groomed trails without snowshoes.

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

 

Christie Mountain

Ride the new magic carpet! The separate tubing park offers a conveyor lift to transport you easily to the top of the park. Choose the easy gentle chute that slowly glides you to the bottom or take a white knuckle cruise over the bumps and jumps of the fast lane.

Snowtubing Open:

Friday | 5pm - 10pm

Saturday | noon - 10pm

Sunday | noon - 5pm

This pre season our rental shop crew got to unbox and mount a fleet of brand NEW 150-170cm @rossignol skis. Each year we try to make the best possible upgrades to provide "you" the skier a great experience on the mountain.

Join us every Friday & Saturday night from 6pm - 10pm to test these skis out! All rental equipment is only $10.

 

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

Snow and Trail Condition Updates

January 18, 2022 9:31 am Published by

As of 1/18/22:

County trails are open with occasional closures. Please check the Ride Rusk page for confirmation on your trail routes and for updates on trail maintenance and grooming.

From Ladysmith Driftbusters (Ladysmith): as of Friday 1/14/2022 all Driftbuster trails have been groomed this week. Trails are all rated as FAIR. They are still thin. The warm weather and extra passes with the groomer brought up a few dirt spots. It's unlikely that we'll get any snow today or tomorrow but there is some in the forecast for early next week. There are spots where our trails are great, smooth and fast. However, until we get more snow, EARLY SEASON HAZARDS CONTINUE TO EXIST. Ride appropriately.

 

Cross-Country Ski Trails 

Blue Hills Trails report:

Adequate base, you can use your good skis. All the East Side trails are open and groomed for skating; about 80% of the East Side trails are being groomed for classic skiing. The north half of the West Side is currently open and groomed for skating.

East Side: firm, fairly fast skating conditions with good edge control; classic conditions are very good to excellent.

West Side: first grooming of the season was Wednesday & Thursday - it set up like a brick. Fair skating conditions (the skate deck is still a bit rough and needs another grooming). Classic track will probably be added during the next grooming of the West Side. Until the West Side logging is done, you can access the West Side at Letter L. (West Side access currently is limited due to logging - READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES INFO section). West Side logging is supposed to be done by January 21st.

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

 

Ladysmith Area Trails report:

Sisters farm was all groomed today and is great shape. Skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking are all a go. Get out and enjoy. Remember skiing only on East side trails, skiing, snowshoe and bikes on the west side trails. As always please no hiking on groomed trails without snowshoes.

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

 

Christie Mountain

ALL 33 TRAILS ARE 100% OPEN! This years tube park is back! Our Christie Mountain maintenance crew worked hard to install the new magic carpet lift. There were some challenges along the way but also some big wins! Like a nice and easy ride up the mountain on a blue bird sky day. Yep... pure bliss.

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

Snow and Trail Condition Updates

January 13, 2022 9:55 am Published by

As of 1/13/22:

County trails are open with occasional closures. 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:

1/13/22 update: Very good to excellent skate skiing conditions on the East Side trails yesterday (Wednesday). Tuesday evening's grooming created a really nice corduroy that is now morphing toward a sugar snow consistency. Firm flat surface with great edge control. The grooming on Tuesday evening also included a fresh high quality track on the Otter Slide / Far East network of trails. Groomers spent Wednesday evening removing downed trees, limbs and branches -- and rolling (packing) the West Side trails that are not subject to logging traffic. This included the crossover trail (starting at intersection #23 on the East Side then heading west to letters L-K-J). And the trails on the northern half of the West Side. Refer to the above map that shows where loggers are still hauling logs to market. The trails rolled (groomed) last evening will hopefully firm up overnight, and offer partial access to the West Side trails.Until the West Side logging is done (soon we hope), you can access the groomed trails on the West Side by

  1. starting at the warming house, follow the Core Loop to #23, then ski the crossover trail; or
  2. park and start at Letter L where the crossover trail crosses the Firelane Road. Be sure to park well off the road and leave plenty of room for logging trucks!!!

 

Ladysmith Area Trails report:

1/13/2022 update: Sisters farm was all groomed today and is great shape. Skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking are all a go. Get out and enjoy. Remember skiing only on East side trails, skiing, snowshoe and bikes on the west side trails. As always please no hiking on groomed trails without snowshoes.

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

 

Christie Mountain

1/13/22 update: Tubing and skiing hills are open. Frigid temperatures cause for delayed starts and closures, be sure to check their page for daily updates.

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

Snow and Trail Condition Updates

January 11, 2022 1:39 pm Published by

As of 1/11/22:

Snowmobile Trails

County trails are open with occasional closures. Please check the Ride Rusk page for confirmation on your trail routes.

From Hawkins Sno-Hawks (Hawkins) 1/5/22:

Both groomers went out early this morning. By the end of the day all our trails will be panned and ready to go when opened. There is water on 25 south a few inches deep.

From Ladysmith Driftbusters (Ladysmith) 1/6/22:

Jim and Dee groomed 116 from Ladysmith Tee Away Golf & Grill to Ingram, 99 from Tony to Adventures Resort-Bar, Grill, and Campground and 12 up to Flambeau River Lodge. Steve groomed 98 from Ladysmith Miner Station to Heart Of The North Brewing Co., Conrath and 12/27 from Ladysmith to JS Supper Club & Catering. Tomorrow Dennis and ? will do the north loop 27-99-12 past The Pickled Gill and Cedar Lodge

Trails connecting to our system:

- Winter Huskies Snowmobile Club groomed 5S today from the grade to the Tuscobia.

- Bluehills Trailblazers groomed 12 back to Bruce and 27 south.

- Hawkins Sno-Hawks groomed all their trails yesterday.

- Sheldon groomer is down. Hoping to get it back out tomorrow. They haven't made it up to Tony since it snowed. Expect some drifting crossing their fields.

 

From Flambeau Area Trail Tenders (Flambeau) 1/10/22:

Due to lack of snow, Chippewa County trails will close at 8 am tomorrow morning, January 11th.

Flambeau Area Trail Tenders club trails coming off of Lake Holcombe, from the lake into Holcombe Cenex, Big Minnow, and Cookies, from the lake to Big Bear, and from the lake to Loony Bin will remain open.

THE FLAMBEAU RIDGE TRAIL OVER THE MOUNTAIN WILL CLOSE

Please do not ride on any trails that are closed

Be patient and enjoy what we have.

More snow is on the way!

 

-Keep checking back for updates, or visit the Ride Rusk Facebook page for reports on trail maintenance and grooming.

 

Cross-Country Ski Trails 

Blue Hills Trails report:

1/11/22 update: 3.5" snowfall last Wednesday. Despite cold temps and nasty windchills following that snowfall, our groomers had 98% of the East Side in good shape for the weekend. The Core Loop was in very good shape Saturday.

Packed powder conditions, adequate base, you can use your good skis. All the East Side trails are open and groomed for skating. The main trails are firm and mostly smooth, the side trails are a bit soft but very skiable. Classic track was set Friday on these East Side trails: Core Loop, Whitetail, Roundabout, and the lower half (west half) of Hemlock Canyon. That's about 15 km of classic track. The track is a bit shallow, and in certain areas the track has some scattered oak leaves and pine needles thanks to Friday night's brisk winds. Despite those negatives, the classic track is currently graded as good to very good.

Some of the West Side trails were packed (rolled) for the first time on December 30th. They're probably soft but probably skiable if you're interested in 'bushwhacking'. Until the West Side logging is done, you can access the West Side at Letter L. (West Side access currently is limited due to logging - READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES INFO section). West Side logging is supposed to be done by January 21st. Until then, we're focusing our skiing (and trail reports) on the East Side trails.

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

 

Ladysmith Area Trails report:

1/6/2022 update: Sisters farm was all groomed today and is great shape. Skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking are all a go. Get out and enjoy. Remember skiing only on East side trails, skiing, snowshoe and bikes on the west side trails. As always please no hiking on groomed trails without snowshoes.

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

 

Christie Mountain

1/11/22 update: Tubing and skiing hills are open. Frigid temperatures cause for delayed starts and closures, be sure to check their page for daily updates.

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

Snow and Trail Condition Updates

January 6, 2022 11:43 am Published by

As of 1/6/22:

Snowmobile Trails

County trails are expected to open on Friday the 7th at 8am, but please check the Ride Rusk page for confirmation.

 

Please read in entirety. All Rusk County trails have a TENTATIVE OPENING for 8:00am Friday, January 7, 2022. An official announcement will be made in the coming days. I hope this early information assists locals and tourists alike in making weekend plans. Please consider choosing to ride locally and supporting our local businesses. Groomers are expected to be out in full force both day and night to prepare trails. Some trails may still not be groomed by Friday morning. Hazards may still exist until the groomer has been through a few times. Ride in anticipation of potential rough spots, brush, sticks and stones. As your comfort and skill allows, please try to avoid single tracking and pack the trail wide to assist in building a more solid base for a long season of smooth riding. Lastly, please consider joining a local club. All Rusk Co. clubs are inundated with work that needs to be done and not enough people/time to do it. If you come across signs that are covered by brush stop and clear them out. If you see a rock in the trail try to remove it. Break some branches, clear a little brush and pick up or wipe off a sign. To beat a dead horse, stay on the damn trail and take your loud exhaust off. Snowmobilers are unique to the recreation world where we cross tons of private property by the grace of generous landowners. ATVs, hunters, and hikers don't get that privilege. Without private landowner permission our 300+ miles of trails would shrink to about 50 miles of county land and ditch riding. Lastly, save the drunken shenanigans for after the sled is parked for the night. 70% of Wisconsin snowmobile fatalities involve an intoxicated operator. It takes all of us to project a positive public image in making Rusk County a premier snowmobiling destination.

-Keep checking back for updates, or visit the Ride Rusk Facebook page for reports on trail maintenance and grooming.

 

Cross-Country Ski Trails 

Blue Hills Trails report:

1/6/22 update: 3.5" snowfall yesterday - nasty wind chills limited the amount of grooming that was performed yesterday (Wednesday). Conditions now will be soft until more grooming is done.

The new snow sits on an adequate base. With just a bit of caution you can use your good skis. All the East Side trails are open. With repetitive grooming, the trails had firmed up nicely before Wednesday's new snow.

Some of the West Side trails were packed (rolled) for the first time on December 30th. They'll be soft but probably skiable if you're interested in 'bushwhacking'. Until the West Side logging is done, you can access the West Side at Letter L. (West Side access currently limited due to logging- Read the important updates info section). West Side logging is supposed to be done by January 21st. Until then, we're focusing our skiing (and trail reports) on the East Side trails.

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

 

Ladysmith Area Trails report:

12/29/21 update: All trails at Sisters farm have been groomed and tracks set. East side for both skate and track skiing, West side tracked for skiing and Fat bike/snowshoe rolling complete. With the cold temps planned tonight the trail should set up well. Please remember the East side trails are for skiing and the West side for track skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing. When snowshoeing please do not hike on the tacked snow for skiing also please do not hike on the groomed trails without snowshoes, It potholes the trail and makes it difficult for other trail users. Get out and enjoy.

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

 

Christie Mountain

1/2/22 update: These snowmakers have just pushed more than 20 million gallons of water onto our slopes in a mere 392.5 hours. (For the record: they got the job done this season with the least amount of snowmaking hours and in the shortest time frame compared to any other snowmaking season at Christie which is no small feat!). These men have officially finished snowmaking and we should be 100% this Saturday!!

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

Snow and Trail Condition Updates

January 4, 2022 10:43 am Published by

As of 1/4/22:

Snowmobile Trails

Some county trails are starting to open.

From Bluehills Trailblazers (Bruce) 12/30/21:

-Trail 12 from the Chippewa River and the Village of Bruce is legal to ride. This is the only segment of trail that is being opened at this time. This is not an endorsement to ride the Chippewa River. Never assume the ice is safe just because there are tracks on it. Conditions can change constantly.

 

From Bluehills Trailblazers (Bruce) 1/2/2022:

Trail OPENING north of Hwy 8.

Early season conditions. Hazards may be prevalent. Ride safely at you're own discretion.

- Trail 31 from Bruce to warming shelter and to Sawyer County Snowmobile ATV Alliance, Birchwoodbobcatriders is groomed and in fair condition.

- Trail 12 from Bruce to JS Supper Club & Catering and Ladysmith Driftbusters Snowmobile Club is NOT GROOMED.

 

From Ladysmith Driftbusters trails will OPEN 1/2/2022 at 8:00am:

Conditions are POOR to FAIR. The groomer has not been through all trails. It will be rough with possible rocks, brush, sticks, and wet areas. Please ride with extreme caution. Ruts, swamps and creek crossings are not filled. While riding, please try not to single track as we need the trail packed wide to build the base. Groomers will continue to work the trails throughout the week but we need another round of snow to improve conditions. RIDE SAFE!

- DO NOT USE THORNAPPLE RIVER CROSSING.

- Corbett Lake swamp in town is froze but ugly...more cattails than snow on the trail.

- Trail 12/27 from JS Supper Club & Catering to Ladysmith is groomed and in fair condition.

- Trail 98 from Ladysmith to Conrath has been groomed and is in fair condition. There is one plowed field that is passable. A small, shallow open creek crossing was filled with snow. Hopefully will freeze in tonight.

- Trail 116 from Ladysmith to Tony has been groomed and is in fair condition. There are 2 plowed fields that should be avoided until more snow.

- Trail 12 (high line trail) from Ladysmith toward Adventures Resort-Bar, Grill, and Campground is NOT GROOMED.

- Trail 116 from Tony to Ingram is NOT GROOMED.

- Trail 27 from Ladysmith, past The Pickled Gill and Cedar Lodge to Winter Huskies Snowmobile Club Trail 5S is NOT GROOMED.

- Trail 99 from 5S to Flambeau River Lodge is very rough with beaver dam issues including a couple washed out culverts. Extra caution required! Continuing down to Tony, all of Trail 99 is NOT GROOMED.

-Keep checking back for updates, or visit the Ride Rusk Facebook page for reports on trail maintenance and grooming.

 

Cross-Country Ski Trails 

Blue Hills Trails report:

1/4/22 update: Just enough snow this past week to provide an adequate base, with just a bit of caution you can use your good skis. All the East Side trails are open. Classic track was set last Wednesday, it's present on the East Side Core Loop and several side trails including the Otter Slide / Far East network, the Whitetail, and the Roundabout Trails. Conditions for skating range from fair to good to very good. The skate deck has a variable quality - some trail segments are in great shape, other areas are occasionally soft or irregular, and in some areas the snow structure buckled under the weight of the grooming machines and it was hard to hide the tracks.

Some of the West Side trails were packed (rolled) for the first time on December 30th. They'll be soft but probably skiable. Until the West Side logging is done, you can access the West Side at Letter L. (West Side access currently is limited due to logging - READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES INFO section).

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

 

Ladysmith Area Trails report:

12-29-21 update: All trails at Sisters farm have been groomed and tracks set. East side for both skate and track skiing, West side tracked for skiing and Fat bike/snowshoe rolling complete. With the cold temps planned tonight the trail should set up well. Please remember the East side trails are for skiing and the West side for track skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing. When snowshoeing please do not hike on the tacked snow for skiing also please do not hike on the groomed trails without snowshoes, It potholes the trail and makes it difficult for other trail users. Get out and enjoy.

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

 

Christie Mountain

1/2/22 update: These snowmakers have just pushed more than 20 million gallons of water onto our slopes in a mere 392.5 hours. (For the record: they got the job done this season with the least amount of snowmaking hours and in the shortest time frame compared to any other snowmaking season at Christie which is no small feat!). These men have officially finished snowmaking and we should be 100% this Saturday!!

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

Snow and Trail Condition Updates

December 27, 2021 1:39 pm Published by

As of 12/27/21:

Snowmobile Trails

Our county snowmobile trails are not yet open, but they anticipate opening the trails very soon. Keep checking back for updates, or visit the Ride Rusk Facebook page for reports on trail maintenance and grooming.

Cross-Country Ski Trails 
Blue Hills Trails report:

12/27/21 Trail Update: 5 inches dense snow this morning, then a light mist. On groomed trails, the new snow sits on top of a solid, thin base. Grooming is anticipated this evening after temps begin dropping.

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

Ladysmith Area Trails report:

12/26/21 Trail Update: Groomers are busy rolling and packing the 4 inches of snow we received last night. Everything should be packed by the end of the day today but still not really enough to set track for skiing. Looks like they are saying 1-3 tomorrow. If that happens, we will regroom and hopefully have enough set track and be all set for skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking.

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

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

12/27/21 Update: Six inches of snow fell overnight & our groomers are pulling out to groom now. We are currently getting a little drizzle but it looks like that will subside soon. County Road O has been plowed. Get here safely!

Currently, they are working on fixing the tubing park. They're looking for it to be up and running soon.

Check out their website or Facebook page for more updates.

Winter Snow Report

December 14, 2021 12:58 pm Published by

Track The Trails

Rusk County is the place for outdoor adventures and we're keeping close tabs on the condition of our snowmobile and cross-country ski trails as well as the condition of the runs at Christie Mountain. We'll update the snow report as conditions change so you won't miss a moment of winter fun. We're looking forward to a great snow season. See more local snowmobile trail conditions here.

Christie Mountain Snow Conditions

Ladysmith Area Trail Association Snow Reports

Blue Hills Trail Snow Conditions

Ride Rusk Snowmobile Trail Reports