Trail Report

Monday December 31, 2018 9:17AM

Fair overall conditions

No snowfall

1 general warning

5 trail warnings


The Pisten Bully was out grooming high traffic trails last night with favorable results. Grooming was completed on Trail 8 from Shingleton West to Trail 7 North continuing to 2 miles short of Christmas. With a hard trail base and little snow the trails are staying rather flat with the high traffic, riders can’t build the moguls without snow.
Overall the core of our trails are in a Fair to Good Condition. We have gravel conditions to the Northwest and rough wet conditions to the Northeast. Trail 418 from Au Train West, Trail 419 from Wetmore to Christmas and Trail 8 North of Shingleton are these problem areas.
Grooming operations will continue to be limited as we watch the weather conditions closely.

Alger SORVA wants to thank our new neighbors to the west, Trenary Northern Trails, for their appreciated help last night. We received reports of a truck that mistakenly drove up Trail 8 onto Trail 417 from Forest Lake Road, was stuck and recovered (tire damage in photos). With being right there, TNT had their scheduled groomer do us a huge favor and clean-up the tire ruts in our 2 mile section of trail to Forest Lake Road. Great neighboring club team work with informing of and coordinating an efficient repair of the trail systems. Thank You Trenary Northern Trails!

Today’s Forecast: Snow, 32 degrees and 5 to 10 mph SE winds becoming NE and firing up the Lake Effect. Still hearing 2 to 5 inches of snow possible into tomorrow, let’s hope so.

If you must venture out please ride with caution and conservatively and PLEASE be respectful, stay on the trail and off the throttle when in the towns. Do your best to be easy on the trail base.
Keep Snow Dancing with your friends and stay tuned for updates!

(Today’s photo’s are Trail’s 7/8 before grooming, 8 after grooming and 417 tire tracks)

Alger SORVA Photo Tip:
Photo Location is seen in the URL.
(Example: Trail 8 West is T8W   “”)


- Wet areas opened up around and North of Shingleton. Some of these are deep so ride with caution.

Trail Conditions

8 East - Shingleton

Fair to Good

No fresh snow with icy corners. Groomed well Sunday night heading East to Shingleton. From Shingleton North, poor trail conditions, rough with little snow to work with. There is an open water hole about 5 miles North of Shingleton and a deep depression about 6 miles North - ride with caution.

STAY ON TRAIL! Ride with caution in 1/2 mile wetland section just North of Shingleton. A few wet areas opened up and not frozen solid heading further North. Large hole at Trail 8 / Trail 41 Intersection (M-94 crossing in Shingleton)

8 West - Chatham

Fair to Good

No fresh snow, thin base and icy corners. Groomed Sunday night.

7 South - CR440


No fresh snow. Some icy corners and thin base as you head south.

7 North - Christmas

Fair to Good

No fresh snow and icy corners. Thin gravely travel for last two miles as you approach Christmas. Groomed Sunday night.

419 East - Wetmore

Fair to Good

No fresh snow, thin base and icy corners. Groomed Sunday night.

419 West - Munising


No fresh snow, thin base and icy corners. Bare with gravel for two miles heading toward Christmas out of Munising. Un-groomable snow conditions.

Open Stream crossing between Munising and Wetmore.

418 - Au Train


Flat with good conditions East diminishing to bare gravel as you approach Au Train heading West to the Brownstone Junction (Poor). Groomed well to 1/2 mile East of Au Train Friday night.

417 - Brownstone Jnct.


Un-groomable snow conditions. No fresh snow, no base, rough with large rock areas.

Large Rocks and very rough - ride with caution.

422 - Miners Castle


No fresh snow, thin base and icy corners. Rough in center section with wet areas. Groomed Saturday night.

Logging Operations on North end as you make the turn onto Miners Castle road heading North. Watch for large trucks and give right of way.

Wetmore Spur


No fresh snow, thin base. Groomed Saturday night.

Use Caution in areas of steep side hill conditions near East end.