Trail Reports

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.

A Quick Update: Trails Still Closed

We have had a number of inquiries regarding trails opening. Unfortunately there is not enough snow yet to properly prepare the trails or open them. We need a lot more snow for that to happen since we have very little on the ground currently. We are hoping to get snow this week but have no idea how much will fall. However the good news is it has been cold, which means marshes and other waterways are freezing. We all want to get those sleds out and ride. We will update you as conditions change and when the trails will open on our Cross Country Cruisers website and on Facebook.  So for now, we all need to do the snow dance and send lots of prayers for snow.

Think Lots of Snow!!!!!

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

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.

Sincerely,

Don Schneider

Trail Manager

Vilas County Snowmobile Trails Closed

Vilas County’s recreation director Dale Mayo has issued a statement notifying the public Vilas County snowmobile trails will close for the season.

“The state funded snowmobile trail system in Vilas County will officially close effective noon Friday, March 13, 2020, for the season,” he said.