Cruiser News

Board Meetings

All Board Meetings Begin at 5:00 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Membership Meetings – Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm, meeting to follow.  All meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

All reservations for General Meeting to be called into Nancy Wescott by noon, one week prior to meeting  Nancy Wescott: 608-469-0556.  Bring exact amount for dinner payment.  Cancellations not made 48 hours prior and No-Shows are required to pay for their dinner.  Carry-Outs can be arranged when possible.


Unfortunately the Cross Country Cruisers Board has decided to cancel the January 8-9, 2021 Winterfest celebration and fundraiser.  The decision was made due to the rising Covid-19 cases in our area. There are just too many health concerns to ignore and of course the health of our members, volunteers and attendees is paramount. There will be time (and good reason) to celebrate once things are brought under control, but for now, the Board is in agreement that we need to keep our volunteers healthy and able to perform the necessary tasks once the white gold descends upon our trails.

The WKSRA (Wisconsin Kids Snowmobile Racing Association) that has been in attendance for Winterfest the last couple of years has been notified and are looking forward to future events that we will be holding.

The 100 dollar Raffle tickets that were sold will be drawn on January 9th, 2021 at the Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club meeting room at 1501 Helminski Drive, Arbor Vitae WI 54568 at 4 pm.  We will try to do a Facebook live event of the drawing.

In light of the fact Covid-19 has taken away our fundraising opportunities in 2020 as well as Winterfest 2021, the funds required to keep our trails and equipment maintained this season may be running thin. Since we do not know when our next event might occur, if you would like to help support the Cruisers trail funds, please know it will be much appreciated.

Thanks to all of our members, volunteers and supporters past present and future, here is looking to a great snowmobiling season.

Trail Report from our Fall Trail Manager Don Schneider

All of our trails have been inspected by Oneida and Vilas Counties and we passed with flying colors!! Just a few things to address and we’re good to go! All trails will be inspected by me weekly until trails are open.

Our new multi saw worked great but very tough on our John Deere with all the debris falling from 15 feet high. With some modifications it will be resolved. It was a big learning experience.

A big thank you to the maintenance crew for getting the John Deere cleaned up after the brushing. I think my butt is still sore from all the time I spent in that machine. It was used on every mile of our trails system. I as well as many others busted our butts to get our trails in the best “WORLD CLASS” conditions for the upcoming season.

I would like to thank the CCC’S board for having faith in me to take on this position. I would also like to thank the following for their dedication to help me in all the work we did this fall brushing season:

Tom Mix, Jeanne Parrish, Bill Lemke, Jim Ebert, Greg and Judy Pauli, Craig and Jessica Pacyna, Bruce Henke, Dave and Sherry Clairmore, Barbi Carlson,  Steve and Deb Wolfe, Glenn Speich, Tom Whipperfurth, Doug Wendlandt, Dick Mickle, Tom and Lisa, Jeff and Kelly Bobbie, Patti and Berry owners of Stingrays for providing free lunches after a long day brushing, Rich Nichols, Dick Jenks and Sue and Greg Slominski from Slo’s Pub for their contributions to the club and catering our annual groomer operators meeting. If I forgot any others that helped, I apologize and your efforts are much appreciated and are not unnoticed. These folks need a huge hand of applause for their efforts.

I will have trail reports every week once the trails open with straight talk from our groomer operators themselves.

Have a Very Merry Christmas! Think Snow! Stay Healthy!

Don Schneider

Volunteer Groomer Meeting

Grooming is vital to our club and having great trails during the winter months.
Volunteer Groomer Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 5th at 5:30PM at the Cruiser Barn. Please contact Bill Lemke at 715-432-0998 or moc.reitnorfnull@ekmelb if you are interested in grooming for 2020 – 2021 snow season and are able to join us at this important meeting. There will also be food catered by Slo’s Pub and beverages furnished by Whip. Social distancing is still in place due to the times. We ask that you please bring a mask as common courtesy to all members.
Thank you, Bill Lemke, Trail Manager

Volunteers Needed Thursdays Groomer & Drag Maintenance

Volunteers needed for Thursday Morning Groomer & Drag Maintenance to start approx 12/17/2020 from 8:30 am to 1:00pm.

Equipment will be fairly snow free, since we don’t groom on Wednesdays.

Please contact Bill Farmer (847) 922-0001,  if you could be available on some Thursdays.

Our new groomer tractor Big Blue 2, will be delivered  to us approx Week of November 2nd.

There will be a dealer demo of Maintenance & new Features.

Due to Covid 19 we will not be serving lunch as previously published. We will let you know if this should change.

This will be scheduled at the barn.  Stay Tuned!!

Update of Fall Trail Maintenance!

Update of trails from Trail Manager, Don Schneider.
The fall brushing is going well. All trails north of club house have been brushed and mowed with the exception of Trail 11 which will be done this week of October 4th. Trail 47 to Lake Tomahawk is complete. After Trail 11 is brushed and mowed we will hook up our new multi brushing saw to the John Deer and cut the highest branches. Hopefully we can get the worst spots done in just a few days.
We are still meeting every Tuesday and Wednesday through October and welcome all volunteers. I’m hoping to get on the Bearskin on October 20th and 21st. For those of you that can’t make it during the week, we have a Saturday work day coming up and hope you can join us. Please keep Saturday October 24th open for work on the Bearskin Trail. Start time for all work days is    8:30 AM at the Cross Country Cruiser Club House, 1503 Helminski Rd, Arbor Vitae, WI
I would also like to thank our volunteers, Jeanne Parrish (mowing), Rich Nichols (mowing), Bill Lemke (mowing), Kevin and Sue Hesprich, Jeff and Kelly Bobbie (new members), Tom Mix, Dick Jenks, Jim Ebert, and Doug Wendlandt for their hard work and dedication.
I will continue to give updates on our progress of the trails on Facebook and on our Website.
Thank you!
Don Schneider
Trail Manager

Fall Brushing and Trail Maintenance Schedule

Dear Cross Country Cruiser Members:

Trail Maintenance is a big part of our club. Please consider volunteering for the Trail Brushing Season.

Work days are always Tuesday and Wednesdays

Start Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Cross Country Cruiser Club House, 1503 Helminski Rd, Arbor Vitae, WI

September 15th, 16th , 22nd,  and 23rd we will be working on trails Trails 5, 6, 51, 10, 3 and 11.

September 29th and 30th we will complete what is still needed on trails north of our Club House.

October 6th and 7th if we are finished with September list of trails we will put posts up for in town fencing.

October 13th and 14th we can start brushing on the Bearskin Trail.

October 20th and 21st, we will finish up on Bearskin Trail if still needed.

October 27the and 28th will be discussed if there are issues that need to be addressed on trails and signing.

We need volunteers for all of these days, especially the Bearskin Trail since it is a very long stretch of trail.

After that we will inspect the trails until the gun deer season begins and again after it ends. Hopefully we can be inspected by Dale Mayo as soon as possible.

Mowing is on a trail by trail basis. Panning and rolling of trails will get underway when there’s at least 6 inches of snow on the ground.

This schedule is subject to change based on weather and the number of Volunteers. If you cannot volunteer during the week there will also be opportunity on some Saturday’s. I will announce that when the time comes.

We always have fun and enjoy the fall colors. So please come enjoy the comradery and outdoors with us by volunteering.

***Here is an update of what has already been done on the trails: September 8th and 9th we completed Trail 51 which is south of the Cruiser club house as well as completing Trail 47. We will be running the new brush cutter through when it is ready.

Please let me know if you would like to volunteer for any of the upcoming dates. You can contact me, Don Schneider on my cell at 262-930-6914 or email moc.liamgnull@15redienhcsnod with your name, phone and date you are available to lend a hand or just show up on one of the dates. We don’t turn down volunteers.


Don Schneider

Trail Manager