Thunder Bay Aventure Trails lead groomer Adrian Tessier.
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Snowmobilers in the region are facing their own version of water water everywhere but not a drop to drink.
While storms have dumped a lot of snow in the area this month, Thunder Bay Adventure Trails says it's not the right kind to open any of the club's 300 kilometres of trail yet. Lead groomer Adrian Tessier said there's 50 centimetres on some trails west of Shabaqua but cold conditions have made for dry snow.
"It's like sugar, there's no strength to the snow and it doesn't compact," he said Friday.
"When you walk on it you sink virtually right to the ground."
Since a lot of those trails go over swampy areas, the club could run the risk of damaging its grooming equipment.
"They're not designed to go over that rough territory," Tessier said.
He's hoping that maybe 30 per cent of the trails could be open after next week but even then it would be in a limited capacity and the 60 or so people who bought passes for the club would have to use a lot of caution.
"There might be a rock or a stump sticking through the snow still," he said.
It's still a lot better than last year when the groomer wasn't on the trail until Jan 23. Tessier said they should have all trails open by that time this season. In the mean time, he's hoping for the good stuff to start falling.
"The stuff you make snowmen and snowballs out of, that would be perfect," Tessier said.
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