By chadlyt on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 02:09 pm: Edit Post
Here is my plan. Stay the 30th of dec til Jan 2nd somewhere where there is snow.
By zimmbob on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 02:21 pm: Edit Post
That sounds like a really good plan Chad. Honestly, I'd stick to the Mass City, Rockland, Twin Lakes, even up to South Range area, in the center of the Peninsula. Onto is awesome, but they tend to get less snow early on (IMO) because they are close to the lake. The LES hits in the high areas first, in the center of the peninsula. There, you also have lots of options to head in any direction. In Onto, you've only got 3 directions, and probably only one that will be good riding at that time of year. Usually, all the great people that rent out places there are very open to giving you a break on the reservation if the snow doesn't come. Everywhere I've ever stayed, they will give you a 'no snow, no pay' deal. That usually means that trails are open or not, not necessarily that the snow is good. But it's something, in case this strange weather pattern we are in wrecks the sledding this year....
By maddog24 on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 02:47 pm: Edit Post
I plan my trip based on the conditions and generally wait till a week or 2 before. We usually ride sun-wed, so getting a room or cabin is usually not a problem. That being said the areas listed above are pretty safe bets for having snow.
By stormbringr1 on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 03:10 pm: Edit Post
You'll have guaranteed ridable snow for New Year's anywhere in the snowbelt where the snow just hammers from northern Iron County, WI (about 50 miles south of Hurley area)on North into the UP.
By admin on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 03:22 pm: Edit Post
Just to clarify things a bit. It was stated that the LES hits areas inland. This is true, but you only have to travel a mile or less inland for the full effect to take place. So locales right along the lake can sometimes be thin, but you do not have to travel far at all to hit the deep. Plus, go too far inland (or away from the lake) and you will run out of the LES. In most cases, the LES stops after around 20-30 miles inland.
By thebreeze on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 03:22 pm: Edit Post
You could plan on riding anywhere within 30 miles of lake superior that time of year. In fact, I would feel comfortable planning a trip for the second weekend of december anywhere in the heavy lake effect areas. Bergland, white pine, twin lakes, houghton, keewenaw etc. Some of the best powder of the year these past two winters was on opening weekend of riding in the western UP.
By chadlyt on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 04:26 pm: Edit Post
Thanks for the responses so far. I am judging the snowfall amount by going back through John's archives and looking over the NOAA's Snow depth reports from years back to get an idea. Seeing i am not a local, this is all i have to go by :D
By snowlover on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 04:55 pm: Edit Post
I would check with Matt at the Bluff in Rockland, great easy loops from there(109/12/3 & 13/3). Also check with Krupp's, Wydonette Hill GC(same trails and loops, actually 1 more with the Freda Loop). All very nice places to stay in the heart of the snow belt. I have stayed at The Bluff and Krupp's and have nothing but great things to say about both of those places. I have been going up to the UP for 12 years and this is where we have been going with great luck. If you are adventurous you can head down to Porky Pine Mountains(easy ride from Rockland or Mass City). This would be a FULL day trip with the family but worth it. Good Luck!
By polaris_5 on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 05:17 pm: Edit Post
I would check into the wild life refuge cabins in South range. Very nice place and has gas station near by. They might be booked for those dates. Good location for short trips either go north or south.Lots of places to stop with the kids.Good luck
By dew69 on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 05:23 pm: Edit Post
Wild Life Refuge Cabins in South Range are a great place to stay. Right on the trail. www.wildliferefugecabins.com or call (906)482-1001.
By caged_beagle on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 08:14 pm: Edit Post
Hate to be a smarta** but North of Ontos all you'll find is water. But if you're open to anyplace in the area I would recommend Parkview in Twin Lakes. On the trail, attached bar & restaurant, hot tub & pool and most of the time they have snow in the area that time of year. Good Luck!!
By ezra on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 08:47 pm: Edit Post
I hope for your sake all the up has snow I have been up a few times the day after xmass and the snow was calumet and north.the fist time I brought the wife to the up it was one of those times and she will never go back to the up.allllot of people packed in to not alot of trail most pumped up for the first ride of the year riding like aholes. when with the boys we just hit loging roads and risk stumps inthe woods.and hay that cushy pantara has a 136 strap on a 2in and go for it
By chadlyt on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 09:35 pm: Edit Post
well, i need to hear the all the pros and cons. hate to hear bad things, but at least i'd be prepared.
By stealthv on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 10:02 pm: Edit Post
Wildlife Refuge would be a good place to setup base. Easy to head in every direction from there and it's right off the Freda Loop.
By stealthv on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 10:04 pm: Edit Post
Forced time off, SE Minnesota - Do you work at McNeilus?
By g_eich on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 10:05 pm: Edit Post
We made our reservations for that week last month. Hate to do it that early, but it gets extremely busy that week and if you wait, you don't get a place. Just ask their "no snow policy" up front, most will work with you. Just keep "thinking snow" for that week.
By chadlyt on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 10:08 pm: Edit Post
no, i work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester believe it or not...new cost savings thing they are doing...
By snowangel03 on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 10:54 pm: Edit Post
I have had reservations up as far north as the Parkview (South Range?) and as far south as Eagle River for that time of year. There was only one time where I did not get reimbursed for the first night, but they gave me 12 months to book again and get that night back. I can't remember anymore where that was, but I know it was around the Ontonagon/Porcupine Mtns area.
By mspease on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 11:50 pm: Edit Post
The best advice I could give is to get out on the trails early, especially since you will only be riding about 3 hours a day. The earlier you get out, the better the trails are and by about 3:00 in the afternoon, they can start to get pretty beat up. Most people will stay out late during the Holiday and sleep in late, leaving the trails with much less traffic in the mornings. Have fun, you'll love it!
By chadlyt on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 09:19 am: Edit Post
thanks to all that helped me out on this. Just confirmed resi's at the Wildlife Refuge Cabins. 4 nights and 3 whole days to take a look around, either by sled or truck.