Snow is hanging on.

The weather has turned. It’s attempting to shift into the Spring thaw. This past week we had temps rising above the freezing mark and heavy rain on Wednesday. I figured the rain ended any chances of riding snow now.

After a night of lows in the teens I figured I needed to get out and see for myself if there was any rideable snow.

I discovered some spectacular riding. I was out before noon and before it reached the freezing mark. If you wait until it gets above freezing with the snow depth we still have, it becomes unrideable very quickly.

Only a half mile into this ride I stopped at the edge of the groomed trail to let a snowmobile go by. As I put my foot down on the snow just on the outside of the groomed part of the trail my foot punched through the snow and into a water filled ditch. I was wearing a low gaiter which prevented my boot from instantly swamping. But I didn’t get out without my boot getting a good soaking. It was only 29F degrees. Needless to say I chose to cut my ride short so as not to turn my foot into an icicle. I did stay out for an hour though.

Get out there and ride.

Pictures from the weekend.

This is what our front yard looked like as I was shoveling the latest 3 inch snowfall off our sidewalk. Our front yard is level with the sidewalk.

On Saturday I got in a nice ride on the local trails before the snow arrived. The temp was 34F degrees. It was the first day the temp had risen above freezing in more than two months. The trails were rapidly softening up.

With all this snow, I’ve been thinking we’d be able to ride the trails until April. All of a sudden the extended forecast is calling for temps in the upper 30’s with heavy rain midweek. Yesterday’s ride may have been the last ride on the trails unless we get another cold spell.

I’ll just have to wait and see what the weather brings.

Get out and ride.

Best Snow I’ve ever Ridden

I worked a half day today because I scheduled a plumber to come over and fix our basement sump pump. He was in and out in an hour. That left me with a free afternoon. Free to go fatbiking I say.

We had a record month for snow in February, 36 inches. It never really firmed up all month and was difficult to ride. On Sunday I rode the singletrack on the ridge above my house. The conditions were beginning to improve and was it was almost rideable.

With a winter storm coming this weekend I wanted to get out and ride today before the trails get buried again.

I don’t know what happened in the last four days, but the trail conditions went from fair to the best conditions I’ve ever ridden. That’s saying a lot because I estimate I’ve ridden 12-14,000 miles on snow on a fatbike over the last 13 winters.

Sunday I felt like everything took a huge effort. I had to push the bike up small rises and bumps. Gradual inclines were a struggle to keep moving forward. Today? Everything was effortless. The conditions were unusually fast. I rode every single inch, every bump and every hill. The first time for me on these trails. I never touched a foot down. And I rode twice as far with less effort.

I love March riding. It will change this weekend though. High winds and 6-9 inches of new snow are forecast. We could easily be riding snow into April.

Get out there and ride.