Snow and Trail Conditions Update
As of 3/8/22:
County trails are open with occasional closures. Trails remain OPEN. We have not yet had time to inspect all of them. Expect icy corners, dirt, slush and braches/debris. Trails vary but generally are 80% good with some fair and poor spots. At this time notable known bad sections are the ally through Ladysmith, I-Bridge (road is bare and lake is slushy), and the 1 mile stretch from Hwy 27 to the Highline. 2 - one mile stretches of logging on Trail 12 between Flambeau Lodge and Hawkins Warming Shack. Along Hwy 8 on the west side of Bruce is pretty bare too. Any others? Please put it in the comments! Use common sense. Ride defensively. Expect heavy traffic this weekend as many try to squeeze last ride in. Next week's forecast has a lot of 40s in it. More updates to follow throughout the week.
-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:
Ice, rain and snow over the weekend. Very icy conditions early Monday morning. Skiers Monday afternoon reported fairly decent conditions as temps in the low 30s and sunshine helped Sunday's 1-inch snowfall begin bonding to the underlying icy base. If in doubt, hold off on skiing until we are able to groom (probably grooming Wednesday evening). Spring skiing - we've started freeze/thaw cycles that produce fast morning conditions after an overnight freeze. Sun exposed trails have a fast crust until temps rise and the sun hits the trails. Try to catch the magic window between icy conditions and sun warmed sticky trails. Look at the important updates on our website for a discussion regarding logging on the East Side of the trail system.
Ladysmith Area Trails report:
With the new snow last night the groomers were out in force today. Jim groomed the East side trails for skiing and reports they are in excellent shape. Dave groomed the West side this afternoon for skiing, fat tire biking and snowshoeing. With tonight's colder temps. the trails should all set up well and be firm and fun for the weekend. Get out and enjoy some winter fun on the trails. Remember please no hiking on groomed trails without snowshoes. Bikers and snowshoers be respectful of the set ski tracks when out on the trails.
-For more updates, check out the Ladysmith Area Trail Association Facebook page.
Gotta love March in Wisconsin! A big thank you to everyone who had faith enough to come out today after a full day of rain Saturday. I applaud you for getting out there in less than ideal conditions and making the most of it. You are what Midwest skiing is about and your willingness to ride in every type of snow is what keeps us smaller ski areas in business!
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