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Bayfield County Snowmobile Trails

Report byGary Dalzell / Woodside Cottages: January 26, 2015

  • Trail Conditions: Good
  • Snow Cover: 12″-14″

Area Report:

The trails are in the best condition of the season up here and the forest roads continue to provide very good riding. With the light traffic this weekend and up to two inches or so of fresh snow on Saturday and Sunday, the groomer will have them in good condition once again for the coming week.

Please stay on the designated trails and routes. Changes to the trail system are marked with signage on the trails, so when in doubt, follow the signs.


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 Scott Nesvold: January 26, 2015

Hours of Operation:
Wed: 12:00-9:00 Fri: 4:00-9:00 Sat: 9:30-4:30 Sun: 9:30-4:30

Current Condtions:

Alpine: Open
The Volunteers have been hard at work and snowmaking operations are on-going throughout the day, so be cautious. Grooming equipment and snowguns may be moving around the slopes. Please take care, and always ski/board under control.

Alpine Conditions:
New snowfall last 24 hours: 1″
Base: 6-18 inches variable
Chairlift and Rope-tow: Open
Hemlock and The Drop remain closed awaiting natural snowfall
Freestyle Terrain:

There’s a few small jumps to play on, but they’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 contact Hill Operations.

XC: Base 7-8 inches variable
New snowfall (last 48hrs): 1″

Skate: Ginzu groomed — Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford
Tracked — Sugarbush, Anchor, Jolly Long, Seagull, Rollercoaster and Telford.

Comments: Skate trails groomed up nicely, the classic tracks were good in some spots, not pretty looking in others.


Madeline Island – Ice Road Access

Last Updated: January 27, 2015

The ice road is open for light vehicles.

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.


Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – Ice Caves

Report by Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: January 26, 2015

Cave Conditions: NOT Accessible

The Lake Superior Ice Caves are currently closed.

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.


Mt Valhalla Winter Sports Area – Chequamegon-Nicolet Nat’l 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 District: January 26, 2015

The reports on the current trail conditions throughout the Washburn Ranger District:

Mount Valhalla Cross-Country Ski Trails:

Valkyrie & Teuton Trail
The Teuton Trails were combed and tracked today. The groomer just groomed and reset the tracks on Loop A on the Valkyrie Trails. The other sections of the trail were in good condition. The warm temperatures have made the snow on the trails very soft and reduced the base to around 4 inches. Colder temperatures are needed to help make the snow set up firmer. Think more snow!! There are leaves, branches, and pine needles falling on the trails. Because of the snow conditions and debris on the trail, the groomers are rating the trails in good condition. Please remember that snowshoeing and dogs are prohibited on the groomed trails. Please see the posted instructions at the trail entrances, chalet, warming room, and fee stations.

Drummond Ski Trail:
The Drummond Area Ski Trail Association groomed and set tracks on Wednesday, January 21 expect on parts of the Jackrabbit Trail where the snow depth was low so dirt was stirred up while tracking, but most of it is good. The best snow is on the Boulevard Trail beyond the Jackrabbit intersection. There are lots of pine needles and leaves on the surface. Some sections along the trails have some of the small woody vegetation from fall mowing that is pushing through what little snow there is on the trail. A lot more snow is needed on the trails to make conditions better.

For more trail information call (715) 373-2667 and dial 1 for the trail report.

Trail Options:
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.


Ashland County Snowmobile Trails

Report by Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce

Ashland County Snowmobile Report: January 26, 2015

Trails are now open!

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

Bayfield Sled Dog Trails

Report by: Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing. January 16, 2015

Beautiful sun, great snow and happy dogs!  Wolfsong Adventures has availability this weekend on Friday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 19.  Sorry, Saturday and Sunday are full. Call Wolfsong Adventures to check availability or to make a reservation: 715-779-5561


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.