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Snow & Trail Condition Update - March 16, 2019

The winter to spring transition has been abrupt and brutal on the trails, warm temps and rain this past week have created some issues -- but all trails remain open, and cold overnights this weekend have stopped the deterioration.

Snowmobile Trails
Trails are open but vary greatly. Fields and roads are bad. Woods are excellent. Report from Weyerhaeuser was that everything is good over there. The attached pictures are from trail 12 between Ladysmith and Hawkins warming shack. Ladysmith to the Quarry isn't great but it's rideable with caution. Quarry to warming shack is excellent. Warming shack to Hawkins has some water/slush. Hawkins mill pond is flooding pretty good so use extreme caution if you decide to cross creek. South of Hawkins I'm sure main creek is flooded but I have not been there.

Trails in town, adjacent to roads, and crossings are most likely bare.

Use caution whenever you ride, and expect some rough spots.  No ice should ever be considered safe - especially now.
Look for updates as conditions change, and we receive -more updates.
Stay on the trails.

Want more detailed condition updates, check out a new Facebook page that is being maintained with up-to-date trail and groomer reports.  https://www.facebook.com/RideRusk/

Cross-Country Ski Trails 
Spring like conditions this past week - including rain have deteriorated trails. However trails are in good condition in most spots, and some grooming is still occurring.  The forecast is calling for subfreezing overnight conditions so that will help maintain trails.

Today's Report from the Blue Hills Trails -
Despite midweek melting, the base is generous. On Friday we let the rain drain out of the snow, with plans to resume grooming some of the East Side trails Saturday morning (March 16).

WE'VE GONE TO THE DOGS! For the rest of the winter, we'll limit our grooming to the East Side trails. DOGS ARE WELCOME ON THE EAST SIDE TRAILS THE REMAINDER OF THE SNOW SEASON. Dogs are always welcome on the West Side trails.

Be sure to visit the website for more info regarding trail conditions: bluehillstrail.com

Ladysmith Area Trails
Today's Report from the Sisters Farm Trails -

The west side fat bike trails were groomed last night and they should set up well. With some moisture the next couple of days the riding should be excellent this weekend. With the warm temps and rain in the forecast please stay off the trails if they are soft.

Ski. Jim tolled the east side trails and they also are in pretty good shape. He will maybe do a run over on Friday after the rain to set them up for the weekend.

Fat tire bike trail is groomed

Blue Hills Trails

Ladysmith Area Trails
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.