Trail Reports

Trail Report January 16, 2021

Cross Country Cruiser’s trails remain in poor condition.

There are some fair patches in wooded areas.
We received about one inch wet snow yesterday.

Grooming operations are still at a standstill until we receive a sufficient snow fall.

All Oneida trails remain CLOSED! Keep doing the snow dance and pray for snow.

Wish I had better news.

If you do ride please use extreme caution as conditions change quickly!

Ride RIGHT RIDE SAFE!
Trails managers Don Schneider @ Bill Lemke

Trail Report, January 8th, 2021

I had this report all ready to go, only to find out just before posting – ONEIDA COUNTY IS NOT (REPEAT — NOT) OPENING THEIR TRAILS!!!!!

Trail conditions, both in Oneida and Vilas (currently open) are in
VERY VERY POOR EARLY SEASON condition! There is a lot of dirt showing.

I am recommending you reconsider riding our trails. Recommending for 2 reasons.

1) We want to respect our landowners and not damage their property when
snow is so scarce. If we damage their land, we have the potential of
losing their part of the trail – perhaps permanently.

2) There is currently a lot of dirt, rocks, roots, etc., so for the simple protection of your own sled and the resulting wear and tear, we strongly suggest you wait for improved conditions.

As of Saturday (Jan. 2nd) we have suspended ALL of our groomer
operations.

Of the 3 groomers that went out that evening, two of them came back via the roads due to conditions being so poor! WE NEED SNOW BEFORE ANYTHING CAN RESUME.

If you are north bound, please check your destination’s ride-able snow conditions.

We love to have everyone up in God’s Country, and so do our businesses – just know what to expect.

If you ride — Ride Right – Ride Safe!

Bill Lemke Winter Trail Mgr.

01/03/2021 Trail Report

Trail report 1/3/2021
It was great seeing all the Snowmobilers enjoying our trails. Even I got to put on some miles on my sled. At least we all got a good ride for the New Year Weekend!
As you can expect our trails took a big hit over the weekend. Groomers were out last night to try to get trails cleaned up with not much success. We are sad to say we are suspending grooming operations until we get more snow. Plain and simple we need more snow. If you must ride please use extreme caution as conditions are poor and can change very rapidly. Please stay on trails.
RIDE RIGHT, RIDE SAFE!
Trail Managers,
Don Schneider and Bill Lemke.

Trails are Open!

Trails opened at 8am 01/01/2021.

We have been out packing trails and swamps. Reports from our dedicated groomer operators is that the trails are in very early conditions. If your out riding please be very cautious as conditions can change instantly. Take it easy and enjoy the ride. And try to tread lightly, your only helping the trails if you do. Have fun and be safe!
Trails manager Don Schneider.

Getting Ready to Open Trails

All groomers are out packing trails. Snow totals range from 7 inches in Arbor Vitae to almost 12 further north. I will put out a full trail report soon when all our trails have been packed.
Trails manager, Don Schneider

Vilas County Snowmobile Trails To Open Friday January 1st, 2021 at 8 a.m.

Vilas County Forestry director Al Murray issued a press release Wednesday announcing the county’s snowmobile trail system, including all state funded trails and club funded trails, will open for the season on Friday Jan 1 at 8 a.m.
“The Vilas County Snowmobile Alliance confirmed opening conditions for the trails to be ready on Friday,” Murray said. “All eleven snowmobile trail clubs and hundreds of volunteers have worked diligently over the last month and a half to ensure that trails are safe and ready for use. Mother nature has delayed our goals of early opening of trails with lack of snow and the amount snow currently limits the quality of the trail base in some areas.”
He cautioned snowmobile operators should be aware snow conditions vary across Vilas County.
“Trail condition changes with changes in snow conditions,” Murray said. “Riders may contact local trail clubs, trail sponsors or chambers of commerce in areas that you intend to ride. Reasonable speeds should be maintained due to changing trail conditions and limited snow.”
Lake and ice conditions, he said, are also questionable at this point.
“Riders should be familiar with their locations before entering onto lakes,” Murray said. “We hope you enjoy our trails for the 2020-2021 snowmobile season and hope that you support our clubs and businesses. Please ride safe and thank you for supporting the economy of Vilas County.”
As of noon Wednesday, no decision had been made regarding the opening of Oneida County’s snowmobile trail system for the season.