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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-25-2012, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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U.P. snowmobile trip

So we were supposed to go to NY for Christmas, and my wife has bronchitis and my daughter has strep. So now I am convincing them to do a long weekend next weekend for some sledding. Anyone have any recommendations? This is my first time riding a sled anywhere in the Midwest and I know some of you are regulars riding up North. Any advice/recommendations are welcome.

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Go to ironwood/hurley and hit up the trails, and then the bars back in town when your done.
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Where you'll want to go depends a lot on what you'd like to do. Since your wife & daughter are going along, I'm guessing you'll want an area with more to do than just ride or drink. Are your wife & daughter planning on riding too?

If not, there are only a few towns in the whole UP big enough to offer a variety of entertainment. Houghton/Hancock & Marquette are both decent sized college towns with other stuff to do. To some extent, Munising and Iron Mountain are also bigger than the average town up there, but don't offer as much.

Worst part is the Western UP is thin on snow right now, and there isn't much in the forecast for next week. Central & Eastern UP have ok snow, but it's debatable if what they have is worth the drive.

Here is a site that will tell you snow depth, snowfall, snow melt, & more.

Here are trail reports from all of MI.

Here is arguably the most accurate snowfall forecast for the midwest. The bottom of his predicted range is usually spot on. IE, if he calls for 4"-8", they get the 4" pretty consistently.

If you have questions about lodging, trails, entertainment, etc, lmk. I'll tell you what I can.

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Where you'll want to go depends a lot on what you'd like to do. Since your wife & daughter are going along, I'm guessing you'll want an area with more to do than just ride or drink. Are your wife & daughter planning on riding too?

If not, there are only a few towns in the whole UP big enough to offer a variety of entertainment. Houghton/Hancock & Marquette are both decent sized college towns with other stuff to do. To some extent, Munising and Iron Mountain are also bigger than the average town up there, but don't offer as much.

Worst part is the Western UP is thin on snow right now, and there isn't much in the forecast for next week. Central & Eastern UP have ok snow, but it's debatable if what they have is worth the drive.

Here is a site that will tell you snow depth, snowfall, snow melt, & more.

Here are trail reports from all of MI.

Here is arguably the most accurate snowfall forecast for the midwest. The bottom of his predicted range is usually spot on. IE, if he calls for 4"-8", they get the 4" pretty consistently.

If you have questions about lodging, trails, entertainment, etc, lmk. I'll tell you what I can.
Rep sent, thanks!

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