While there are still areas of good snowmobile trail riding and cross country skiing in far northeastern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises riders and skiers to check online trail condition reports before traveling. Several bouts of warm weather have led to deteriorating ice conditions and halted most trail grooming activity.
Snow depth and grooming conditions for state-maintained trails are updated weekly on the snow depth page.
As snow recedes, rocks and other obstructions can become a hazard to trail users.
Softening ground has necessitated closing gates on some trails and forest roads to protect them from damage and several private landowners have also closed their gates.
Trail grooming activities could resume if there is adequate snowfall and cold temperatures return.
State snowmobile trails are open annually through March 31 as conditions allow, but may be closed where trails cross private lands when use can cause damage to the land.