Snowmobile Trail Conditions
1/20/19 - We received a total of about 7" - 8" of snow yesterday. There was about 100 sleds that rolled through the restaurant here and every single person that walked in here had a smile ear to ear. People are just happy to finally be out riding. The conditions of the trails are up in the air. One person says roads were good where the trails runs, kal haven trail is good, the south loop was good but there were a few chisel cut fields that sucked and another person says the trails are mud and dirt. If there's mud out there at -1 degrees then that must be a swamp they are passing through. Since I haven't been out there to see the trails myself and going off what people are saying I would rate them poor to fair. Snowstompers is asking people in a subtle way to not ride the trails at this time, and to save whats out there, but with a mixed bag of crap coming on Tuesday, I dont know that it will make a difference if you ride them or not at this point. So I will just stay neutral. Will update again when there's something to report.
1/19/19 - About 5-6" of snow has come down and still currently snowing at 1:00 P.M. It's light and fluffy. We haven't received jack shit for snow all year, and finally there's something worth writing about. They say there should be at least 4" of base to ride, but if they arent panning the trails, 4" of base will never occur if no one packs them down. So the trails are going to be beginning season riding, but with the way this winter is going, ride while you can. If snowmobilers stop in, ill update conditions tomorrow. Hopefully, this will be the start of winter and the snow keeps coming.
1/15/19 - We currently have about 2" on the ground. Just enough to cover the grass, nothing more than that. It's been cold, the ground is freezing up nicely and we are finally headed in the right direction. They are calling for a possible snow storm this weekend, but the exact details are not etched in stone as for its too far out still. Hopefully that low pressure tracks a bit further north at this point so we can get in the heart of the significant snow. Fingers crossed! Next week is showing snow throughout the week so I am hoping by next weekend the trails will have plenty of snow! Let's hope things work out in our favor for once! Will update again when conditions change.
1/7/19 - It's a new Year and still no snow! What a sad year for us snow lovers! I have never seen a snowless Winter like we are having now. We are halfway through the season and my sled hasn't even left the garage. They say it's going to get cold eventually, but as of right now, I am not seeing it. Hopefully they are right and I am wrong. Will update again when theres something to talk about. Cross your fingers and do a snow dance please!
12/17/18 - Starting to feel like Spring out there yet it's mid December. Looks like the Month of December is a bust, so maybe our fortunes will change come January... Have a great upcoming Christmas & New Years if we have nothing to report before then.
12/1/18 - Today the trails officially open! However, the snow we had earlier in the week has melted off, and after today's rain I assume it will be very muddy out there. We are not expecting any snow anytime soon, but the temps look to get much colder after this weekend and hopefully the ground can start to freeze up before we start getting a bunch of snow. That will help with snow loss. I will report again once there is something to report.
11/26/18 - A new snowmobiling season is upon us and with us being skunked the past 3 years, we are due for a good Winter! Yes, I started off this blog the same way last year, but instead of 2 years of shitty Winters, now it's been 3 years! So we are now VERY over due for a good winter! The trails do not open until 12/1 so please stay off them as they aren't even finished putting them in yet! As of now we have 4" of heavy wet snow, however the ground isnt frozen and there's warm up under way this week, so it really doesn't matter at this point. It's been abnormally cold though and we have received a lot of snow lately and it's only November. Hopefully this means good things ahead of us! A couple things I want to mention this year is we were very close to losing a big chuck of the trail and luckily some people stepped up and helped get the trail in this year. This trail is maintained and put in by all volunteers! No one gets paid for doing this. So if you guys can lend a hand at any time, the Southwest Michigan Snowstompers are always looking for help. The original cast is growing older and are getting tired of doing this year and year out. They need some young fresh blood to help lighten the load. They have done their part over the years., so lets help this club out any way we can. They have a facebook page where you can ask questions, and information on how become a member. Please stay on the trail at all times this year, the more you go off the trail, the more you piss off landowners, and the end result is loss of trails. Riding is a privledge not a right. This is all private land we ride on. So with all of that being said, obey the trail signs and dont drive all over peoples properties. If you are looking to stage somewhere, we are located right next to the trail, it literally runs right through out parking lot. If you want to park here please use the west parking lot furthest from the trail and please do not park over night. We do have to plow at some point so please don't abuse the privledge. Also, be sure to stop in for a bite to eat :) We also will have trail maps available for purchase, given they get them done this year. Please ask the bartender for a trail map to purchase. Finally, we post often to the southwest michigan facebook page, with pictures with current conditions so check there often as well. Everyone have an excellent year of riding and as John Dee would say, think snow! Braaap!