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Trail Report – : Ely, Minnesota – January 4, 2024

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Reporter:Ely Chamber of Commerce/Explore MN Visitor Center
Trail Conditions: No Snow
Snow Cover: No Snow
Date of Report: January 4, 2024
Area Report:

Minnesota snowmobile trails officially opened Friday, Dec. 1, but the lack of snow cover means the trails aren’t yet usable, the Department of Natural Resources said in a reminder.

Several conditions must be met before trails are open, groomed, and ready for travel, the DNR said:

* The ground must be frozen. Where trails cross wetlands, 15 inches of ice are needed to support the weight of trail groomers.

* Adequate snow cover of about 12 inches must be on the ground to allow for trail packing and grooming.

* Trails must be cleared of fallen trees, signs put in place, and gates opened.

While snowmobilers await the arrival of snow and groomed trails, now is a good time to ensure current registrations and snowmobiles are in good operating order, review safety training, and check local trail maps for route changes or new trails.