Haliburton County’s snowmobile trails have begun to open, but it’ll take some time before the full network is available.
That from John Enright, President of the Haliburton County Snowmobile Association.
“We have some availability in our region right now,” says Enright. “As to when the full trail system is going to open, we’re at the mercy of the moons and that weather forecast.”
According to Enright, the recent snow has been encouraging, but there’s still much packing and grooming work to be done before more trails are safe. He says volunteers have been hard at work clearing brush, filling holes, and evening out the snow cover on the ground.
“Right now, we’re day to day working our hearts out trying to get more trails open,” says Enright. “[We’re] hoping for snow, cold, and the right conditions, so we can get more into the grooming mode and less into packing.”
He adds that lakes are not currently safe or suitable for travel, and it’ll be a while before clubs can responsibly put the markers up.
In the meantime, Enright says it’s vital to check the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs’ interactive guide before you hit the trails.
“Surfaces and conditions can change rapidly,” says Enright. “Before going out, check that the trail you’re planning on riding is available, and expect the unexpected. Even in tip-top conditions.”