Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Old Forge, Ny Trail Report

First thing that I would like everyone to note is the temp from the wunderground.com site is incorrect. I have emailed them three time now about it and they haven't fixed the problem yet or told me what to do to fix it. I have had a feed going to them for years and a few weeks ago it stopped reporting the correct temp.

OK for the report, everything has been great up until the warmth of today and it is making the trails soft. Let's cross our fingers that the forecast is correct and this will be short lived and the temp. will drop back down tomorrow night. On the second video, advance it to about 1 minute 30 seconds and play it from there, you can see how the RR tracks looked yesterday. Make sure you look at the end of the second video and see what not to do when riding the RR tracks.

Update:  It's 10:30 pm and I just got back from a ride to Stillwater.  Overall I'd give the trails a good rating with a few fairs and found them to be in better shape than I thought they would be.  There are a few corners that could use some snow on the inside, but what else is new.  Groomers are out doing their thing and the temp was holding right around 35 to 37 in the woods.

Update: Wed. 8:30am   This weather _____ ! ! You fill in the blank with as many words as you would like.

Today we have two videos..The Trail Report and Ditch "N" Joe

Monday, January 30, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snowmobile Trail Report

It would be really nice if the spike on Wednesday didn't happen. But I guess that's asking for to much this winter. Think about it, a week of winter weather and nothing but cold and snow. The people that are in town now are enjoying this last round of snow with good conditions. I've started a new saying for this winter "Ride It While We Got It" Maybe I should put it on T shirts and sell them.

Today's Video......

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snowmobile Trail Report

As reported before we got about 3/4 of a foot last night and it's snowing again as I'm typing at 2:30pm. There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to 10 am EST Monday and it is calling for 3 to 8 inches of snow with the highest accumulations across northern Herkimer County (Old Forge). Like always when it's on the ground I'll let you know. The rooms I have in left this morning and I haven't seen them since. I have the cam out with one of the groups and I'll have video of what it's looking for tomorrows video.

Update on Anonymous from this mornings post. I'm still waiting for them to show up. Hope they show up soon or I could be telling stories. With it snowing again and the snow from last night, hopefully it won't be long before we have a foot or more of snow on the ground and the 3/4 of a foot I reported before won't be the truth.

Here's today's video.......

Old Forge, NY Snow Report

OK.......Who's going to be the first to complain that you can't see, because the trail camera is covered with SNOW? We got about 3/4 of a foot over night from lake effect. More updates later.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snow Report

There are a few people out riding and giving it the good old college try. Conditions aren't anything to write home about by any means. By the reports I am getting it's icy and we need snow to get things back into shape. Let's hope we get the snow they are calling for tonight and tomorrow. Next on my list for today, is go up to McCauley Mountain and reset the system for the trail cam. Yes I said McCauley, the trail cam is done by wireless, the link starts at McCauley and is around 5 miles long.

Update: I checked the cams just before I was ready to head up to McCauley and they where back online. Come to find out the DSL at McCauley has been down for over a day. Not all of the cams are hard wired into the internet and with that in mind the least little thing can cause problems.

RPM Snowmobile Rental located on Rt 28 just as you come into Old Forge caught on fire this morning and by what I heard burnt to the ground. I just hope that no one was hurt. You can replace buildings, sleds and material items, but not people.

Today's Video......

Friday, January 27, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snow Report

Last night we had a shot of snow and we picked up a quick 2 inches. But at 5:30 this morning we have R coming out of the sky. The group that is in put on a hundred miles yesterday and had a good time. They are going to be disappointed this morning when they get up and see the R. This sure is going to be a winter to put in the record books.

Here's Today's Video.....

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snow Report

We got about an inch of snow yesterday and it looks like snowmobile country again and not just a big skating rink outside. But the conditions still aren't anything to write home about. The group that you see in today's video saw less than 12 sleds all day yesterday when they where out riding. I just looked at the forecast again, just like I am sure all of you are doing and it has changed again. Why do I even look anymore? By the information I have the Zippy Ride and Pond Hockey are on as scheduled and you can check with the Inlet Information Center for any updates.

Here's Today's Video......

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snow Report

Well I'm sure everyone has noticed by now that the R of Monday didn't do us any favors, never changed over to snow at night and stayed R till early Tuesday morning. We got a dusting to an inch after it changed over during the day yesterday. I had someone ask if there is enough to maybe get some riding in and I really can't say for sure. I have some guests in now that went out to give it a try and I'll be able to let you know later how it really is. I would have to guess it's limited, but they left 4 hours ago and haven't returned yet. Wait a minute, that could be a good thing or not so go. I'll let you know.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Old Forge, NY Report

Well we got precipitation yesterday but not in the form that we needed it to be.  The R started just after I posted the report and it never changed over to snow like it was predicted to do.  One of the guests that checked out today has a neat system for hauling his sled.  I'm sure some of you have seen them before but there isn't much else to report on. Here is a link to the site for it  www.liftallandtoyrack.com

Here's Today's Video......

Monday, January 23, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snowmobile Trail Report

Well the warm up is here and so far no R, not even a drizzle. It looks like it will be short lived and back down below freezing tonight with snow back in the air. I have a few rooms in, one came back a short time ago and the other is still out riding.

Update:  I guess I should of kept my mouth shut.  Just after I posted today's report this afternoon the R started. But I wouldn't through in the towel just yet for this upcoming weekend.  Forecast is calling for temps to drop tonight and back to winter the rest of the week.  Maybe it'll be just like last week and everything will come together just before the weekend and the riding will be good.  So get dancing and cross what ever you got!

Today's Video.....

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snowmobile Trail Report

I would say that everyone had a good time that came up this weekend. The temps stayed well below freezing all weekend and people started riding on the lakes. Now we just have to cross our fingers that Mondays spike won't last long or not happen at all. Today I have two videos for you. Jason got a GoPro for Christmas so I have some of his video also.....enjoy.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Snowmobile Trail Report - Old Forge, NY

There has been a light snow in the air all day today and it's one of those snows that by the end of the day you will have an inch or two on the ground. What can I tell you about the conditions besides everyone left this morning and no one has returned yet. I think that all by itself says it all.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snowmobile Trail Report

You can really tell people are itching to ride. Guests starting showing up this morning at 8:30 am. I was still out shoveling the sidewalks from the snow last night and didn't even have the office open yet. They unloaded and went out for a ride and returned later on in the morning to check in. Conditions sure have gotten better in the last day and everyone that is here this weekend is going to have the best riding we have had this season.

Here's today's Video.....

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snowmobile Trail Report

It sure has been an interesting winter so far. I'm amazed how it all turned out after the R we had on Tuesday. The base really didn't melt down that much and when the cold front went by it turned everything we had into a super hard snow pack and ice. We then got an inch or two of snow on top of it. I would say we are almost in better shape now than before the warm up and R. Go figure!

Here's Today's Video........

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Old Forge, NY Trail Report

OK.....Just had a guest come in that has been riding Old Forge for many years.  I asked him point blank "How is it?"  He said he has seen it allot worse with more snow than we have now, spots are icy, but he and his daughter are having a good time.  I said this once before this season and I am going to say it again.  I really don't like it when the conditions are like this. No different than beauty is in the eye of the beholder....so are trail conditions.  Are conditions that great that you are busting at the seems and thinking to yourself OMG I can't wait to get out and ride....not really.  But you are at least able to ride.  It's your call.

Here's Today's Video........

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snow Report

We had about an inch of new snow over night and then it changed to light R. All the forecasts are still predicting for it to change back to winter and snow. As I'm writing a few sleds just cut through the motel lot on their way to the gas station. They must be in the hard core group of riders. It's one thing to be out riding and get caught in the R, but to go out in it is another thing.

Update:  The light R of today didn't really take that much away, if any.  As I am still able to see some of the new snow from this morning.  Still calling for the temps to drop like a rock tonight and I just say something in one of the forecasts that looked very good to me.  Like always we'll just have to wait and see.  But I wouldn't through in the towel just yet for this upcoming week.

Today's Video......

Monday, January 16, 2012

Old Forge Trail Report

I don't know about any of you, but I'm getting a headache from looking at the forecast for tomorrow. It seems like everytime you look it changes and no two of them are the same. That can be a good thing, because when they are different most times it means it's still up in the air. When all of them are the same that is what we're going to get. So cross your fingers it's all snow or sleet and NO R and we'll have a good week of riding after tomorrow.

Today's Video.......

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Old Forge, NY Trail Report

I would say that everyone had a good weekend except for the guest that went out in the ambulance Saturday morning. He's OK, but he sure was walking slow when I saw him this morning and let me say he looked better than the sled does. There wasn't allot of people in town this weekend and that always seems to be the case when the snow gets here late in the week. Keep your fingers crossed that this winter trend keeps going.

Today's Video.....

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Old Forge, NY Trail Report

Did you notice that? I called it a trail report. Still isn't what it has been in years past, but we are getting there.

Thanks to everyone for all the kind words yesterday!

Today's Video......

Friday, January 13, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snow Report

The snow we are getting today is from a storm, is adding up fast and is great for making base. Let's cross our fingers we get what they are calling for and with the low temps next week we will be riding again.

Someone had asked the other day if I have a page on Facebook. I started to set one up but haven't finished it.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Old Forge, NY Snow Report

At 1pm we have light snow in the air.  That's better than the liquid we had this morning.  Calling for snow today and tomorrow.  Keep Dancing and Cross Your Fingers!

Today's Die Hard Video...............

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Report and Interesting Reading.....

I was reading the New York State Snowmobile Magazine the other day and found some very interesting reading that opened my eyes to something that I had never thought about. First was about the Adirondack RR and the NYSSA/clubs that groom the tracks have to get permits to do so, that was on page 23. The story that really opened my eyes was on page 26, it was about us giving up our right to ride on the RR bed. I'm sure most of you, that have riden in the area before, have seen the petition asking to have the rails removed from the RR bed. Read this story and you may have second thoughts before you sign the petition. As the old saying goes...For every action there is a reaction.  Here is a link to the NYSSA Magazine online for you to read the article yourself. 

Today's Video.......

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Old Forge , NY Report

Not much to report today. No one is here, it's cold and we had a little snow. I was told that a few really die hards where saw heading out to the trails. God bless them or should I say God bless their sled!

Today's Video......

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Old Forge, NY Report

The temps have dropped back down below freezing and everything is firming back up. But we will need some new snow, in my book, to bring things back into shape for riding. I had the trali cam on for about 20 minutes and only saw three sleds go past it.

Here's Todays Video......

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Old Forge Report

Well with the warm weather over night and not dropping like first forecasted things are getting softer fast. There are still a few die hards out riding but I think even those few are giving up the ship in hopes of the return to winter soon. You will see in yesterdays video that there was some good and then some ugly. But I would think that most is getting ugly with the warmth of today.

Todays Video......

Friday, January 6, 2012

Old Forge Trail Report

I really don't like it when it's like this! Life is much easier when you can tell people the riding is great, get your butt up here so I can pay the bills or it SUCKS stay home. Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so are riding conditions. I have some guests in now that think the riding is good. Come to find out they haven't been riding in this area of the state before and compared to the area they do ride in, it is great.

5Pm update. It sounds like the warmth of today made things soft late today. Let's hope the it drops back down below freezing tonight and firms things back up for tomorrow.

11PM Update. Well they changed to forecast again and the low of 25 for tonight has been raised to 31. Tomorrows mid 30's is now 38 and maybe light R in the morning. Please refer to the first sentence of todays post onhow I feel about this.

Here's today video....sorry it's so late.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Old Forge Snow Conditions

Haven't had one person come in and say they wished they stayed home! It's been better and it's been worse....bottom line is you can ride.

Todays Video.....

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Old Forge Report

I've been getting allot of calls from people wanting to know if they should come up to ride or not. All I can tell you it's the best it's been this season so far. The report from the town is up to a 4" base in fair condition. Will it hold over the weekend? Your guess is good as anyones. It all depends on the temps, how many people show up this weekend and will the people that do come to the area respect the limited snow conditions that we have. I know the trail crews are out packing and with the temps we had last night the trails are sure to be getting hard.

Here's todays video......

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Old Forge Snowmobile Trail Report

Groomers are out packing the trails and calling for 10 below or more tonight. Cross your fingers that winter is here to stay till the end of March!

Todays Video......

Monday, January 2, 2012

Old Forge Snow Report

It's been snowing most of the day and sometimes white out cobdtions. Right now at 4pm it has slowed up but a half and hour ago you will see in the video it was a different story. Keep dancing and let's get this season going!

Today's video......