The webcam images are updated every 5 minutes from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The snow gauge depth is in 6" increments to the top of the line. The snow gauge was installed on top of the deck that had been cleared of snow prior to the January thaw. After the thaw, about 2-3" remained back in the woods, however this was the best location to give an accurate indication on actual depth.
If you are interested in adding a webcam to the Swiss Alpine website, please contact Ron@Delpiere.com
Snowmobile Trail Report
(Feb 10, 2008)
Arrival at the cabin this weekend was complete with about 8" of snow that has already settled form the storm on Wednesday night. With this packed down it has made for a great base.
Overall, the trails are in great shape. We have been receiving a good deal of snow with a high moisture content that is setting up a great base. There has been some vehicular traffic on the county roads, and some ruts do exist.
Caution should also be exercised as there are some areas that have been heavily torn up by some 4 wheel drive Jeeps or SUVs. In some instances, these vehicles have dug down to the soil in attempts to climb a snow covered hill.
The logging operations on the Northwest corner is now complete. All of the access roads in and out of the operation area have been closed off into the area to vehicular traffic. It looks like some other sledders have found a way from Leroy back into state land, however it is a little on the tight side right now.
Many state trails are easily accessible Swiss Alpine. The White Pine Trail is the main trail that enables easy access north to the Cadillac trail system, or South the Pere Marquette trail providing access to Evart & Baldwin. For the adventurous high mileage rider, you can go from Swiss Alpine, South on the White Pine Trail To Reed Cit, Take the Pere Marquette west to Baldwin, head north to the Cadillac trail system thru the Wellston trails, and return back down the White Pine to Swiss Alpine.
There are two road routes you can take to the White Pine Trail from Swiss Alpine, or you can take the trails to Leroy and pick up the White Pine right behind the Leroy market.
The easiest road route is straight down 11 Mile, however this gets plowed to asphalt and can be sometimes thin on snow. The other is to take 10 mile west to 180th North, 180th to 12 Mile West, 12 Mile to 185th North, 185th to 14 mile West. About 1/2 mile down 14 mile is the White Pine Trail. The second road route is along gravel roads that are on the secondary plowing schedule by the county. So far this year it has had a good snowpack.
A current detailed weather forecast for Swiss Alpine can be found at the National Weather Service webpage by clicking here.
RV & Toys For Sale
2 Polaris Snowmobiles & Floe Trailer
Two 1998 Polaris Ultra Snowmobiles with about 1000 miles each and 2004 Floe Versa-Max Drive On/Drive Off Covered Trailer. Both Snowmobiles were tuned and studded last time used. Asking $5,500 for all.
Contact Steve & Sandy Domizio 248-408-3877 or Bob Croaker 231.734.6832 for more info.