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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

Nordic Conditions:
Date of Report: 02/04/2016
New snowfall last 24 hours: trace
Base: 14-16 inches

Volunteer Groomer Activity Report:
Skate:
Classic: tracked: Raven, Deerpath, and Black Bear​

Comments: Today we finished up the other classic only trails, except for the Jolly Connector.

Dogs Permitted
Fatbikes Permitted
Snowshoeing Permitted

Alpine Conditions
Date of Report: 01/27/2016
New snowfall (last 48 hrs) 5 inches
Base: 8-24 inches variable, machine groomed
Chairlift and Rope-tow both open
All 65+ acres of Downhill is now OPEN!

​Freestyle Terrain We’re waiting on more snow before Crew and Volunteers begin setting boxes, rails, and other features on Little Willie beside the Rope-tow. If you’d like to help, please ask Hill Operations.

The Volunteers have been hard at work, and snowmaking operations are on-going as weather permits, so be aware. Grooming equipment and snowguns may be moving around the slopes. Please take care, and always ski/board under control.

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Fat Tire Biking at Mt Ashwabay

Date: 02/01/2016

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: The weekend brought temperatures over freezing which is not good for riding or grooming with the Rokon. Had numerous snowshoers doing a great job packing down the soft conditions. The next few days should freeze the trails and make for some great riding!

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Bayfield County Snowmobile Trails

Bayfield County Tourism Area Trail Report:

Date of Report: 02/03/2016

Trail Conditions: Good

Snow Cover: 6-24 inches

Area Report: The groomers are out cutting through 8-12 inches of new snow and smoothing out the trails for the weekend. High temps are forecasted to be in the mid 20’s through Sunday with lows in the single digits to 20. A cool down is expected starting Monday.

Trail #1 between Highway 13 and Lenawee Road is open but will be plowed for the rest of the season.

In the Mason area, Trail #4 is closed from Horstman Road to Mason, and Trail #63 is closed from Bibon Road to the Tri-County Corridor. The new Trail #4 EAST of Mason connects with Trail #9 in Ashland County, then to the Tri-County Corridor. From the south, take Trail #63 north. Cross over Bibon Road onto Wilson Road and follow it to Highway 63. Cross Highway 63 onto Brown Road and then follow the trail signs to Trail #9. Take Trail #9 north to the Tri-County Corridor.

Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest Trail Report:

Date of Report: 02/03/2015

Trail Conditions: Good

Snow Cover: 6-24″

Bayfield County is reporting that the snowmobile trails have about 6 to 24 inches and are in good condition across the Bayfield County area. The groomers are out cutting through 8-12 inches of new snow and smoothing out the trails for the weekend. High temps are forecasted to be in the mid 20’s through Sunday with lows in the single digits to 20. A cool down is expected starting Monday.

Trail #1 between Highway 13 and Lenawee Road is open but will be plowed for the rest of the season. Trail 90 is closed due to logging in the area. A suggested re-route would be to take FR 191 (Old Grade Road) to Trail 80.

Closures/Reroutes: In the Mason area, Trail #4 is closed from Horstman Road to Mason, and Trail #63 is closed from Bibon Road to the Tri-County Corridor. Coming from the south, you can take the new Trail #4 EAST of Mason to connect to Trail #13 in Ashland County. From Grand View take Trail #63 north to Bibon Road. Cross over Bibon Road onto Wilson Road. Take Wilson Road north to Highway 63. Cross Highway 63 onto Brown Road and then follow the trail signs to Sanborn, then Marengo, in Ashland County. Trail #13 north will take you to the Tri-County Corridor.

Gary Dalzell Trail Report:

Date of Report: 02/01/2016

Trail Conditions: Fair

Snow Cover: 6-18″

Area Report: Winter ala 2016 has certainly been nothing to brag about but who is complaining?? We are riding up here out of Bayfield and certainly enjoying what we have. We had twenty riders out of our cottages this weekend so we are very thankful for that too!!

The trails, for the most part, have a solid base and the groomers are getting them into mid-Winter condition. TR31N going towards Bayfield was as smooth as silk. However, conditions were very poor going to Bayfield east from the casino split. We turned around. Not sure if the groomer has been able to get through that section to the end of TR31 at Olson Meyer Rd. Conditions in/out of Bayfield are a lot be desired. That’s why trailering works the best.

The groomer starting working TR1 east of Cornie towards Bayfield Sunday. Good news indeed as that will finally open the whole TR3N/1/51 loop. Dick and I brushed a lot of “hangers” on the last section of TR1 on Wednesday so the groomer could get through.

We experienced poor conditions on TR40 east of Old Baldy as well as TR41 going northeast to TR1 towards Cornie. Not sure why but hope the Cornie groomer gets things straightened out.

The Forest Roads continue to shine and give up good riding. However, some of them are showing some wear and tear due to higher than normal traffic due to delayed trail maintenance issues for a good share of January. As you see in the pics. we managed to find some good snow but you do have to know where to go.

Our area will miss the storm coming on Tuesday and we “hope” to get 1″-3″ which would freshen things up. Temps were in the mid 40’s Saturday so the trails were hard Sunday morning. Scratchers came in handy.

The snow base has settled a bit from the warm temps this weekend probably around 18″ max.

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: 02/04/2016

Trail Report:
The Drummond Area Ski Trail Association is reporting an additional 6 to 8 inches of new snow on the trails after Tuesday’s storm. The trails were rolled on Wednesday (2/3/2016). There were drifts that were 16 to 18 inches high in the open areas on the Boulevard Trail. The new snow has very low moisture content and didn’t pack well. The groomer set new tracks on Thursday (2/4/2016) and is reporting that they look good but are not very firm due to the snow conditions. The trails should be very good to excellent to ski in this mild weather.

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: 02/04/2016

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: February 4, 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: 02/03/2016

Trail Conditions: Good

Snow Cover: 5-15″

Area Report: The snowmobile trails throughout Ashland County are OPEN and in good to very good condition.

All of the Ashland County trails are currently in good, rideable shape and will be “extremely fine” in time for this coming weekend, Feb. 6-7.

Ashland County received a significant amount of new snow Tuesday afternoon and overnight, with Marengo seeing a foot of snowfall, the Mellen area getting 8-12 inches of snow, and Butternut receiving 8 inches. In the northern portion of the county, the Ashland area received about 10 inches of snow.

Groomers report it will be Friday or possibly early Saturday before the county’s more than 220 miles of trails are completely groomed. Trails 9 and 13 will be groomed on Friday, Feb. 5.

The Tri-County Recreational Corridor from Ashland west to Superior is currently being groomed three times a week and is in very good condition. It will be groomed again on Thursday, Feb. 4.

NOTE: A temporary detour route has been posted on Trail 9 from Ashland to Sanborn.

The Tri-County Recreational Corridor, a 62-mile stretch of abandoned railroad right-of-way running from Ashland to Superior, is always OPEN in the winter.

Reminder: There is NO snowmobiling allowed from Ashland to Bad River/Odanah as snowmobiling is not permitted on reservation land. However, snowmobiling is allowed from Bad River east to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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: 02/04/2016

Trail Report:  The storm that moved through on Tuesday night left about 6 to 8 inches of new snow on the trails. The groomer rolled both the Valkyrie and Teuton Trails on Wednesday (2/3/2016) and set new tracks on Thursday (2/4/2016). The tracks set up well and the groomer is reporting the trails in very good to excellent condition. 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 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 County

Reported by: Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing

Date of Report: 02/01/2016

Trail Conditions: GOOD to EXCELLENT

Snow Cover: 8 – 12″ Base

Area Report: Lots of snow here now, so we are set for snow until at least late February if it gets really warm or well into March with good weather. Butterfield/Star Route best place to park and most trails leading from there are packed. Please park parallel to Star Route in the middle of the lot as snowmobile trailers park there, too. We have cleared trails from there north all the way to the Sportsman’s loop. Hinkens is not plowed this year but might open up before the race. Jammer Hill Road is plowed as is the south half of Echo Valley Road. Butterfield is packed by snowmobiles. Wear bright clothing and reflective at night. About 8″ to a foot of base. Snowing every day until it warms up, thanks to the Lake.

The gravel pit The The Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race site is now plowed. Great to park and start a run. The kids/rec loop is now groomed and completely brushed. All of the race trail has been cleared and packed at some point over the last week. We will continue to pack the trails over the next week. Conditions are looking great. At least a 10 inch base.

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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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