Monday 2-8-16

Greetings and welcome!

A weak area of low pressure brought an interesting day in weather today. The day started with a light snow and icy glaze on the windshield at 6:30am. It was enough to glaze the roads with that mix.

As I headed east toward Wausaukee I ran into some rain. It was small drops, but there were enough of them to have the wipers on with no delay. It glazed the roads like a doughnut.

It rained and sleeted a few times over the course of the day. The sunset brought snow, wind, and a drop in temperatures from the mid 20s to the mid-teens. As of 9pm we have about 3/4″ of snow on top of the glaze, but it seems like I drove through more than that on the way home.

The GFS has a cold northwest wind coming, and the back of the low will keep it possible that some Lake Superior lake effect snow could make it here. We will take whatever we can get. Even the glaze will help the cause.

Tomorrow is about our last chance for snow before next weekend. After that I am seeing a cold dry northwest flow. With highs in the mid-teens and lows around zero, we won”t be losing much to the sun, but we need snow.

Most of the trails took a good pounding last weekend. Reports have trails that didn’t have quite as much snow and high traffic areas showing rocks/snirt/bumps.

Only a little farther north things improve considerably. When I was in Pembine and Dunbar today the side roads that I was on would have been a top notch ride. The trails that I saw from the road looked great. Likewise I have a report that north and west of Townsend is nice.

Hopefully I will get a better handle on more areas as the week progresses. We have a big weekend for events coming up, and I will recap that too.

Have a good night and thank you for visiting!

RJB

 

Monday February 8th, 2016

Greetings and welcome!

It was indeed a wild weekend on the trails. An amazing amount of riders took to the trails Saturday. Thank you again to all of you that stopped at Rapids Resort.

We ended the day with about an inch of snow Saturday night, which was promptly eaten by Sunday’s temperatures in the mid-30s. As of 2am Sunday night/Monday morning we have a dusting from a clipper that could bring an inch or so Monday.

That is about our best chance for snow this week. As is traditional behind clippers in a more normal year, we are in for a week of cold weather. Once Tuesday rolls around the high of 19 will be the warmest day until next Sunday. The rest are expected to be in the mid-teens for highs, with lows around zero.

That should keep the sun at bay for the most part, so at least we won’t be going backwards. With only an inch or two of fresh snow this week, the trails will be about like you left them on Saturday, but with a couple of passes from the groomers.

When I ran to Lakewood Saturday the trails still sported full coverage, but there were plenty of stained or snirty spots. The groomers had done their magic Saturday night, so they were flat. The road trails were not looking good.

I did manage to fire up the Indy Trail for a very brief ride Sunday, but with a to-do list as long as my arm, it wasn’t much of a ride.

One of the unexpected things was getting out the roof rake. The warm temperatures and last week’s snow added up to a couple of ice dams on the roof that were backing up the melt water. I would rather have been riding but it needed to be done.

Quite a few groups that passed through Rapids Saturday paused for a picture. I have those all sized up for the net and posted below. If you want an original leave a comment in the comments link by the post title and I will e-mail one to you.

That is about it for this morning. Thank you again to all of the people that made it a very fun weekend. Have a good week and thank you for visiting!

RJB

Saturday 2-6-16

Greetings and welcome!

Wow what an incredible day! Hundreds and hundreds of riders passed by the Rapids Resort, and quite a few stopped.Thank you to everyone that made the trip and made it such an incredible day!

I got a few pictures of people and groups, but later in the afternoon it got a little too busy for me to be able to escape, so I missed a lot of people. My apologies to those that I missed. The plan is to have the pictures up here on the site for Monday.

My head is just spinning with all of the friends that I got to see again, and the gratitude and encouragement that you brought. Thank you so much!

The trails took a good beating today and the groomers will have their work cut out for them tonight. I don’t think that I have seen a weekend this busy in at least 3+ years. There were a lot of big groups, many more than normal. It was great to see people back on the trails after such a poor winter.

I am liking that I am seeing some snow moving in on the radar, that will help the cause. Hopefully it gets way out of hand and leaves a fat blanket of fresh snow for us to play in Sunday. The TV says that it could be 4″ by mid-day Monday. Like I said, hopefully it gets way out of hand.

A lot of your picked up on my “Sure things and ideal scenarios make me nervous.” comment on the eve of last Tuesday’s storm. We all know that you could make money betting against the weatherman. It is a tough gig, believe me.. Tuesday’s storm was just a little too well advertised, and a little too perfect, and a lot of you were right on that. Well done.

There were a lot more questions and discussions with site visitors, so we will have some stuff to talk about next week above and beyond the usual updates.

Time for me to run along. Have a great weekend and thank you all!

RJB