There was plenty of snow this winter...parts of Tug Hill exceeded 300"...Redfield was even flirting with the overall total snowfall record of 400+" at one point; not sure where the total is now. Carol, what is the total?!?! That being said, the average temperature for the region was significantly higher than normal, with only a handful of mornings below zero.
The problem, obviously, was the temperatures. Due to a lack of cold air from central and northern Canada, as a result of last year's blast furnace El Nino and the resulting residual warmth last summer and fall, and no blocking, we couldn't get that cold and certainly could not keep it in place longer than about two weeks.
I rode about 1,500 miles myself, and I own a camp on the periphery of the Hill. That is double what I rode last year (15-16), but it sure didn't feel like it. Maybe it is because we mostly stayed local, with a vast majority of those miles on the Kasoag, Redfield and Osceola systems. I think the farthest we went was Copenhagen. Oh, wait, we did make it to Whiskey Jacks for the first time in years, and close to Rome on that 60 F day in February. That was one of the best rides of the season. Also, the season was so fragmented, it seems liked several short seasons all in one. Furthermore, I don't have the motivation I used to have to pile up the miles.
Most clubs busted their arses all season, fighting against the warm ups and struggling to keep their trails rideable. Flatland clubs may never have opened, second year in a row. My home club, Webster, calculated their trails open in hours, not days or weeks. I will be pulling signs with them tomorrow.
On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best with nonstop riding December through late March, I would put this winter at a 4. Last winter (15-16) was a 1.
The best year in my approximately 20 seasons of riding was 2002-03. That would rank a 9/10, with only one warm up in late December. 2010-11 was awesome as well; that was the first at camp. Both were well over 3,000 mile seasons for me.
Despite what you read on this site, we are in the Golden Age of Snowmobiling.
Our trails are in good to excellent condition 90% + of the time.
Our clubs are, for the most part, well-run by dedicated volunteers and leadership.
Grooming is pretty consistent across the State.
Your sled is likely the most comfortable, reliable and fuel efficient snowmobile you've ever owned.