Snowmobile Trail Reports 2015-16 Archives


February 1, 2016

Trail Conditions: Good

What a week in the Northwoods, started off on Wednesday with about 3 inches of snow, then continued into Thursday with 6 inches (some areas saw 4-10″), but we followed that up on Saturday with a high of 41 degrees. Lots of traffic in the area as the lodging establishments were all sold out again. Despite the traffic and warm temps the trails survived. We rode yesterday and spoke to a group that rode today, some thin areas and a few bare spots in town or along the highway, but overall the base is still there and everything has been groomed and flattened. Expecting snow Tuesday and Wednesday, then colder temps…bring on another good weekend of riding Up North! At the hotel we still have a few rooms open for the weekend and Saturday night the Wolf’s Den welcomes back the Allen Brothers who are sure to put on a good show for us! Don’t froget Sunday is the SUPER BOWL, we will have food specials and a FREE Buffet for all who join us; 6 TVs with the game on.


January 27, 2016

Trail Conditions: Fair to Good

For a week straight now we have seen a lot of sled traffic in Mercer, which has done a real number on the trails. Overall conditions are Fair to Good, watch out for ice corners and thin areas around the area. Groomers are getting out and keeping the trails smooth, but there isn’t much to work with. We did get three inches of fresh snow so far this week and the potential for me. Bottom line is you can ride the trails and people are (almost sold out at the hotel this weekend), but just watch out for those areas that are thin and/or icy. This Friday night we welcome back the Dave Steffen Band; music starts at 9pm.


January 19, 2016

Trail Conditions: Good to Very Good

What a weekend in the Northwoods, every lodging establishment for miles was sold out and the trails were busy. Thankfully the brutally cold, below zero temperatures, resulted in the trails holding up nicely. We picked up 7 inches of Lake Effect snow in the last 7 days and this set up nicely for a solid base. We were out riding after the weekend and all trails were good to very good. Mercer has a couple trails that they still haven’t been able to groom (8B? and 12), but all other trails have been groomed and the flowage has been marked. Overall riders were very happy with the conditions of the trails and while we always want more snow, the trails for this weekend should follow the same condtions we saw last weekend. Here at the Great Northern we have a waiting list for the next two weekends, so make your plans in advance! Also, this Saturday we will be having one of our favorite bands in the Wolf’s Den, Outlaw’D a Country Band who played the main stage of Hodag last year.


January 11, 2016

Trail Conditions: Good

After seeing sleds zoom by the hotel for two weeks and hearing everyone tell us how good the trails are, we had to get out and see it ourselves. Overall the trails were VERY GOOD. We rode South, North, and East with very little issues. Have to give these clubs a lot of credit for the amount of work they have done with not a lot of snow. The last snowfall was a heavy wet snow and all the clubs were able to get that packed down before we entered the below zero stretch (lat couple days and next coule days). We are still not recommending going on the lakes, although we expect the Flowage to get marked this week, and there are some swamps the groomers have not entered yet (resulting in some rough riding to and from) but they too should be able to get out this week prior to the weekend. We are expecting a busy weekend in the Northwoods (sold out Saturday already) and the conditions should hold up for a great weekend of riding.


January 5, 2016

Trail Conditions: Fair

Just just just wrapped up an amazing weekend. Amazed how many people made their trip up north regardless of the early season snow conditions to get on those first miles of the year. Lots of people out riding and the reports were across the board, some swamps still not frozen but others are. Lakes not safe. While the trails are thin people able to get around and put on a good  miles. Overall everybody I talked to was happy they came up and road last weekend. Cold temperatures this week. Lake effect possible middle of the week. Stay tuned. And as always we have music this weekend; Friday The Teds. The party will continue at the Great Northern.

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Loved the Great Northerner. My cousin got married in the back and the staff was awesome and making the stay personal. Bar was a lot of fun and breakfast did the trick. Would recommend 2nd floor for vehicle noise.

We had to stay here due to sell outs further north but were not disappointed. The rooms were big and clean. The hotel has a beautiful sitting area with Wi fi. Our room was not updated but it appears that they are in the process of doing so. The hotel is right on the ATV/Snowmobile Trail.

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Good price, very large, nice room. I would stay here again. The area has lots to see and do. This facility has everything needed for large or small groups. The staff was friendly and professional. We enjoyed our stay and have nothing bad to say about this place. I recommend it.