After the weekend deluge which hit everyone from Mass to Quebec we've weathered the storm surprisingly well. Riding conditions are in a state of flux and our land based riding is out of play for the most part due to loss of snow and snow that is undermined by water and mud. This will resolve itself to some extent with the cold weather that is in place again and although the conditions on land aren't good for riding much at the moment the snow and ice that is there now will make for good base underneath the new snow.
As we hoped, the up side to all that rain is that the limited lake based riding we've had, much of which is pretty rough ice, was smoothed out considerably. The rapidly rising water levels have fractured the ice sheets but the overall condition of the ice is better than it was. The plates have risen and the water for the most part has drained and pooled at the edges where it will freeze and likely make up for the edge ice lost by the warmer water running in. Drain holes can are in abundance in some places but the ice sheets seem to have held up nicely. For those who are equipped and can ride on boiler plate the surface conditions are great. But we want to be mindful of inlets and outlets that would have been made thinner buy the inflows and outflows as the water, in spite of the current cold, is still flowing.
All of this is a mixed bag for sure but in some ways it was needed to clean things up a bit. We have snow coming and we expect to see some good conditions here so. But for now we are back to being patient.
WARNING. No ice is ever 100% safe. We offer condition reports as a service to our students and clients who are familiar with the area and as a source of general condition information to others. These reports are not intended to replace common sense or up to the minute first hand knowledge of a given area. Nor is it a substitute for common sense. When in doubt don't go out.