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Warm Sunday afternoon was a perfect time to  head down the Madeline Trail.  It is 10 minutes from the resort.  We usually ski at Winter Park, but sometimes taking a break and heading down a state trail is fun.  Madeline Trail is out on County J.  Follow County J over hwy 47, passed the new Catholic Church to the next road called Rudolph Rd.  The trail is a mile down Rudolph.  Why we choose this one is the hills are not real bad, it is a gradual trail.  Great for walking, biking or skiing


Sometimes the state trails are not as well groomed as Winter Park.  Today there were no complaints the trail was in perfect shape!


We ran into the groomer part way down


Down the trail we went no phones, Nintendo DS’s or text messages just snow and skis


Who did the first crash on the only big hill on the trail…….


This is my favorite pic of a reluctant skier who has checked out…. until I mentioned Culver’s icecream at the end of the trail


4.5 miles and where is Culver’s


My favorite pic of the day.  We got an additional 5 inches of snow last night and this morning.  The trees were loaded and it was beautiful to look out off the hill at the snow still coming down through the pines.  Good news is our problems with our plow truck are on the way to being fixed.  Truck has a new exhaust system which was planned for maintence.  The plow on the other hand is a different story.  Troy and Steve spent an entire day last week getting the plow off the truck and up to the shop.  We are at the mercy of the mechanic at the plow shop who is swamped at the moment.  Good thing the folks coming today have 4 wheel drive, as it is going to be a few days yet before the resort gets plowed out.  Maybe we can bribe him with Christmas cookies or cranberry bread



Digging out the old fashioned way.  Between last week and this weeks storm snow is definitely pilling up.  I had skiers out at Winter Park last weekend reporting good conditions.  Vilas County snowmobile trails open on Wednesday and Oneida’s trails open on Thursday.  Looks like it will be a good Christmas to New Years conditions for playing in the snow.  I also saw my first crazy Ice Fishermen on Lake Katherine this last weekend


More pics off the hill


Bows and Bells are up now if we could just get the driveway plowed we will be ready for Christmas