Report by Woodside Cottages: March 19, 2015
Trail Conditions: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
To check the status of Federal recreational trails, please contact your local district office. Stay up to date on all trail conditions at www.travelbayfieldcounty.com.
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: March 19, 2015
Hours of Operation:
Closed for the 2014/2015 season.
Wed: 12:00-9:00 Fri: 4:00-9:00 Sat: 9:30-4:30 Sun: 9:30-4:30
The ratio of snow to earth has tipped and the 2014/2015 season has concluded.
New snowfall last 24 hours:
Chairlift and Rope-tow:
New snowfall (last 48hrs):
Last Updated: March 19, 2015
Ice Road is CLOSED for the season.
Please call 715-747-5400 for the most up to date information as conditions are changing by the hour and van/windsled schedule is subject to change.
The windsled/van schedule (subject to change) can be found on our website at: madelineisland.com/windsled-schedule
2015 Van/Windsled Schedule*
Trips subject to change without notice!
Monday – Friday
Trips leaving the Island: 7:10am, 9:00am, 11:30am, 3:45pm, & 4:30pm
Trips leaving Bayfield: 7:20am, 9:30am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, & 5:00pm
Trips leaving the Island: 9:00am 11:30am, & 4:00pm
Trips leaving Bayfield: 9:15am, 12:15pm, & 4:15pm
Trips leaving the Island: 9:00am, 12:00pm, & 4:00pm
Trips leaving Bayfield: 9:15am, 12:15pm, & 4:15pm
For Van/Windsled information call 715-747-5400
Call 715-747-5400 before traveling and for updated conditions.
Report by Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: March 19, 2015
THE ICE CAVES ARE INACCESSIBLE & CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
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.
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 District: March 19, 2015
Valkyrie and Teuton Trails: The snow has melted all through the Valhalla Recreation Area. The snow is leaving the ski trails fast with the warmer temperatures and rain. The annual spring trail closure for all trails on National Forest System lands across the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is in effect. On the Teuton and Valkyrie Ski Trails this means that bicycles, horse or other pack saddle animals are prohibited beginning on March 15th keep these trails in a sustainable condition and stay off them until they are re-opened, which may be around May 1st warming room are closed as of today (3/16/15). The main and secondary parking areas are very wet, soft, and muddy. Please stay out of the parking areas to help prevent damage that would require maintenance through April 30 to help deter damage to trails which can be very costly and difficult to repair.
Drummond Ski Trail: The Drummond Area Ski Trail Association has shut the gate and discontinued grooming. The snow is melting fast on the trails and in the parking lot. Please remember that the spring trail closure order is also in effect on the Drummond Ski and CAMBA Trails. Please help reduce the damage to the trails and costly repairs by staying off the trails until they are re-opened.
Wanoka Trailhead: The bathroom was vandalized and needs repairs; it is locked for the time being. It will be re-opened for the beginning of the ATV season in May.
For more trail information call (715) 373-2667 and dial 1 for the trail report.
Two sets of trails: Teuton – three loops 3.5 to 6.6 km, more/most difficult, skate/classic; Valkyrie – three loops 1.7 to 10 km, easy to more difficult, classic only.
Report by Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
Ashland County Snowmobile Report: March 19, 2015
The snowmobile trails throughout Ashland County are now CLOSED for the season.
Please click on the link below for the most up to date information on snowmobiling in Ashland County.
Report by: Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing, March 12, 2015
Call Wolfsong Adventures to check availability or to make a reservation: 715-779-5561
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.
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.