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Bayfield’s Winter Recreation

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Mt. Ashwabay Ski & Recreation Area

Located three miles south of Bayfield, Mt. Ashwabay offers both cross-country and alpine skiing in a magnificent setting, featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon National Forest. Cross-country trails cover 35 km of wilderness trails with ratings from beginner to expert. All trails are groomed and tracked as needed. The beginner’s trail is the picturesque Sugar Bush Trail. Intermediate terrain can be enjoyed on Anchor, Seagull and Raven trails. Advanced skiers can venture out on the longer 15 km loop, which combines Sugar Bush, Deer Path and Raven trails, returning to the Mt. Ashwabay chalet. Food, lounge, instruction and equipment rental are available at the chalet. The Ashwabay trails require users to purchase a daily or seasonal pass. These passes may be obtained at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet. Trail user fees and donations made to the Ashwabay Education Foundation, earmarked for cross country ski trail maintenance, will go a long way in keeping this entire network groomed for your enjoyment.

Call (715) 779-3227 for more details.

Report by: Mt. Ashwabay Recreation Area

With the warm weather, and no school group or team coming tomorrow, the lifts will not be open Wednesday. Though the hill still has plenty of snow, we will not be opening until Friday in an attempt to help maintain plenty of base for the weekend.

Nordic trails are still in fine, though a little slushy, condition!

Nordic Conditions:
Date of Report: 03/05/2016
New snowfall last 24 hours: 2-3″
Base: 14-16 inches

Volunteer Groomer Activity Report:
Skate: Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster, Telford, and Sugarbush Road.
Classic: tracked: Sugarbush Classic

Comments: Groomer thought tracks would ski ok, and hold up better when it gets warm without regrooming today.

Dogs Permitted
Fatbikes Permitted
Snowshoeing Permitted

Alpine Conditions
Date of Report: 03/06/2016
New snowfall (last 48hrs) 2 inches
Base: 12-28 inches variable, machine groomed this morning
Chairlift and Rope-tow both open
All 65+ acres of Downhill is OPEN

Comments: The Volunteers have been hard at work, and grooming operations may be on-going, so be aware. Equipment may be moving around the slopes. Please take care, and always ski/board under control.

​Freestyle Terrain Volunteer and Crew have worked hard to set up an awesome jump in the terrain park, and have been setting boxes, rails, and other features on Little Willie beside the Rope-tow. If you’d like to help, please ask Hill Operations.

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Fat Tire Biking at Mt Ashwabay

Date: 03/01/2016

Trail Network: 7 miles round trip

Groomed Styles: 2′ wide single track (0.7 miles of 10′ wide multi-use trails)

Trail Ratings: Moderate to Advanced (hills, tight turns)

Area Report: Trails have been groomed today. Great pack and excellent riding conditions.

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Bayfield County Snowmobile Trails

Bayfield County Tourism Area Trail Report:

Date of Report: 03/07/2016

Trail Conditions: The snowmobile trails are closed for the season. Motorized trail use restrictions will go into effect until the end of spring break-up, as determined by the County.

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Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest Trail Report:

Date of Report: 03/07/2015

Trail Conditions: The snowmobile trails are closed for the season. Motorized trail use restrictions will go into effect until the end of spring break-up, as determined by the County.

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Gary Dalzell Trail Report:

Date of Report: 03/07/2016

Trail Conditions: The snowmobile trails are closed for the season. Motorized trail use restrictions will go into effect until the end of spring break-up, as determined by the County.

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Area Report:

There are changes in the Wisconsin Trail Pass system effective July 15, 2015. https://www.awsc.org/AWSC/media/Images/Logos/TrailPassJointFactSheet.pdf Here is a chart that helps a lot. https://www.awsc.org/AWSC/media/Images/Trail%20Pass/Trail-Pass-Chart.pdf As in the past, trail passes can be purchased at most gas stations.

We encourage riders to consider joining the Apostle Island Snowmobile Club. The annual membership is $20 which includes membership in AWSC where the trail pass can be purchased. Give us a call if you need more info.

We often field calls about where to rent sleds. Adventure North Rentals just three miles from our cottages will now provide those services. www.adventurenorthrentals.com Call us and we can help you with that too.

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Drummond Ski Trail – Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Report by: Washburn Ranger Station – Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest

Report Date: 02/24/2016

Trail Report: The Drummond Area Ski Trail Association is reporting that 3 inches of wet snow fell overnight on Tuesday (2/23/16). It helped improve the icy track conditions on the trails. The tracks are in such good condition now, the groomer has decided not to try to groom in these warmer temperatures so that the trails stay in great condition. Get out your klister and no-wax skis and enjoy the warm-weather skiing over the weekend!!

Backcountry Available

Just a reminder, the annual Forest user pass or payment of the daily user fee is required at most recreation sites across the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The 2015 annual Forest user pass is available at local vendors, Forest Service offices, or online at link below. The Forest user pass is $20/vehicle sticker and a second sticker for an additional $10.

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Madeline Island – Ice Road Access

Last Updated: 02/29/2016

Ice Road is NOT YET OPEN for the season. The Madeline Island Ferry Line is currently running regular trips between Bayfield and La Pointe.

Please click on the link below for the current ferry schedule.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – Ice Caves

Report by Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: March 9, 2016

THE ICE CAVES ARE CURRENTLY INACCESSIBLE

When Lake Superior freezes, snowmobiling and ATV use is not permitted within 1/4 mile of the mainland from Saxine Creek to Sand Point.

The most up-to-date information on ice conditions is always available on the Apostle Islands ice line: (715) 779-3397 x3.

For additional information click here to visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Sea Caves website.

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Ashland County Snowmobile Trails

Trail Report: Ashland County

Reported By: Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce

Date of Report: 03/09/2016

Trail Conditions: The snowmobile trails throughout Ashland County are now CLOSED for the season.

Snow Cover:

Area Report:

Please click on the link below for the most up to date information on snowmobiling in Ashland County.

Mt Valhalla Winter Sports Area – Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Ten miles west of Washburn, on County C, is the Valhalla Winter Sports Area nestled in the Chequamegon National Forest, offering two sets of cross-country ski trails developed and groomed by the U.S. Forest Service. The three Valkyrie loops run through red and jack pine forests, with magnificent views of the area on the Sun Bowl Loop. The Teton Ski Trail also features three loops in a mixed birch and maple forest with a roller coaster near the end of loop “B”. County C runs between Valkyrie and Teton with parking area and rustic chalet on the Teton side of C. Please contact the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest office in Washburn at (715) 373-2667 ext 238 for more details.

Report by: Washburn Ranger Station – Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest

Report Date: 02/26/2016

Trail Report: The groomer combed and reset tracks on all the trails on both the Teuton and Valkyrie Trail systems. There’s still an 18 inch base and the tracks set up very well. The groomer is reporting all of the trails are in excellent condition. Get out and enjoy the sunshine and spring skiing conditions this weekend. Please check the fee station for updates posted by the groomer following operations for the most up to date trail conditions.

The Forest Service is trying some temporary changes in the main parking area for this season. We have added a 4 to 5 car plowed parking area near the warming room and removed the row signs in the main parking lot. An official notice with comment cards can be found at the fee stations; warming room; and chalet to collect comments from the public. Please let us know what you think.

Just a reminder, the annual Forest user pass or payment of the daily user fee is required at most recreation sites across the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The 2015 annual Forest user pass is available at local vendors, Forest Service offices, or online at link below. The Forest user pass is $20/vehicle sticker and a second sticker for an additional $10.

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Bayfield Sled Dog Trails

Trail Report: Bayfield Area

Reported by: Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing

Date of Report: 03/09/2016

Trail Conditions: GOOD

Snow Cover: 12-24″ Base

Area Report: Trails are still good for mushing at least through the weekend. Use Butterfield as a starting point as the trails are more shaded.

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Snowshoe Trails

If skiing isn’t quite your cup of tea, but you are still looking to explore the beautiful trails the Bayfield area has to offer at this time of year, snowshoeing is always a great adventure.

The Brownstone Trail

The trail runs along an old railroad bed which skirts the lakeshore just south of Bayfield. Trailhead access is at the kiosk on Third Street, kitty-corner from Maggie’s Restaurant. You’ll enjoy splendid views of Madeline Island, see people ice-fishing in the Chequamegon Bay and enjoy the sights and sounds of winter in Bayfield.

The Ravine Snowshoe Trail

The trail travels uphill along the steep, hemlock-studded rim of the big ravine. Take young children by the hand! Trailhead access is on 4th Street uphill to the Bayfield School. Turn left on Sweeny Avenue and park at the baseball field. The trail is behind the fence to the right. This trail is also enjoyed by cross country skiers please do not snowshoe on the two track. Also a part of this trail system is the Iron Bridge Nature Trail. This magical winding trail is for sure footed hikers and follows the ravine creek under the old Iron Bridge and uphill to a rocky grotto with small waterfall. Pick up the trail at the Iron Bridge located at 3rd Street and Rice Avenue.

Jerry Jay Jolly – Pikes Creek Trail Network

Just South of Bayfield off State Hwy 13. Take County Hwy J to Star Route Road 2 1/4 miles to the parking lot on the left. This trail hooks up with the Mt Ashwabay ski trails which require a fee so please watch where you are and please stay off of the groomed ski track.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

The center allows guest to check out snow shoes and snowshoe on the trails behind the center.

Houghton Falls

3.5 miles north of Washburn on State Hwy 13. Turn on Houghton Falls Road and go 1/2 mile to Houghton Falls Nature Preserve parking lot on our right. There is currently no fee for hiking or parking and pets are allowed if leashed and cleaned up after!

The North Country National Scenic Trail

Snowshoe the trail and experience winter views throughout the Rainbow Wilderness Area or portions of the National Forest near Lake Owen. This trail is not groomed, but is marked with blue blazes.

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