Snow and Trail Condition Updates
As of 1/27/22:
County trails are open with occasional closures. Sno-Hawks Brat Feed this Saturday kicks off a string of 5 weekends in a row of fundraisers. Our trails are shaping up nicely. Still some early season hazards to watch for but we're on the cusp of midseason conditions! Trails vary fair-good-great. Ride safe.
From Hawkins Sno-Hawks (Hawkins): Trails are looking good for the sno-hawks brat feed this weekend
From Ladysmith Driftbusters (Ladysmith): Bill ran the groomer to Conrath and over to J&S today. Trails are fair to good, some bare spots yet but nice for the majority of the trails!
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:
Conditions on the East Side trails are very good. The skate deck is in great shape. Fresh classic track was set on the Core Loop Tuesday midday. More classic track will be added to the East Side on Thursday evening after winds die down.
Logging operations on the West Side were completed one week ago. With the powder snowfalls from this past weekend as working material, groomers worked last evening (Wednesday), opening more West Side trails. The following comments relate to the above map.
- Trails highlighted in GREEN are in good shape. This includes classic track that has a couple inches of powder snow. The East/West crossover trail connects to the GREEN trails.
- Trails highlighted in PINK were groomed for the first time yesterday. They have a thin snow cover and some dirt spots. Use your rock skis on the PINK trails.
- Trails highlighted in YELLOW have a thin snow cover, hidden tire ridges (rocks and dirt) from recent logging, and need more snow before we want to groom those trails.
- Trails highlighted in BLUE were groomed for the first time yesterday. This is the west portion of Excelsior Road (it measures 2+ kilometers) where the accumulated snow was subject to vehicle traffic up until one week ago. Groomers ripped into that base last evening, performing multiple passes to whip it into skiable conditions. The results are probably rough but skiable.
To access the West Side trails, you have 4 options:
- Park at the warming house, and ski from 1-26-25-24-23, then use the crossover trail 23-L-K-J.
- Park at Letter L along the Fire Lane Road. Park well to the side, and avoid blocking the crossing where the groomers travel.
- Park at the east end of Excelsior Road where it meets the Fire Lane Road. A large snow berm is blocking Excelsior Road. There should be enough room for several cars to park next to the berm. Avoid blocking the path where the groomers must travel.
- Park at the warming house, and walk the short distance to Excelsior Road before putting on your skis.
-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.
Two for One Tubing: Bring a friend tubing Friday or Saturday evening from 5pm-10pm and get two tubing tickets for the price of one!
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.
Competition start: Noon
-Check out their website or Facebook page for more updates.
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