Trail Conditions: Closed
Snow Cover: 6 to 7 average
Date of Report: December 13, 2017
At this point in time, there is no “target date” for opening the trails. What happened this year was the county, prior to the cold snap, had the 2 worst weather conditions for getting trails ready: warm and wet. The Barnstormers, thanks to past reroutes, fortunately do not have swamps to deal with. Most – if not all – the other clubs do. They have all been out doing everything humanly possible to pack wet areas down so that they can freeze. At least one other club had an enormous amount of trees down.
While the Barnstormers don’t have swamps – we still have plenty of wet & muddy sections of trail. Unfortunately, too many of these muddy sections are not gated and have extensive rutting from logging and/or 4 wheel drive trucks.
We appreciate your patience. All of the clubs have been out doing everything they can to have their systems ready to open. A decision will be made very soon, as a county, as to when that opening day & time is. When it has been set, I will post it!!!
News and Reports:
The Sayner Barnstormers are proud groomers of the Sayner – Star Lake Wisconsin area snowmobile trails. Our club was founded back on November 26, 1969, with 27 charter members. The Barnstormers trails stretch all the way from Hwy 70, just east of Arbor Vitae, all the way up to Old Hwy B, just west of Land O Lakes. We groom these trails with three tractors each equipped with 9-foot-6-inch grooming drags built by Sno*Boss of Eagle River and Arrowhead Groomers of St. Germain.
Snowmobiling was born here in the 1920s, when Carl Eliason, of Sayner, invented the first snowmobile in 1924 (he called it a snow machine initially). He took his first patent out on November 24, 1927. He has been featured in History Magazine, in the Modern Marvels section. You can still see some of the very first snowmobiles to ever be ridden in Sayner’s History Museum and at Eliason Lumber, both located on Hwy 155 in Sayner.
Our trails cover a variety of terrains including beautiful wooded trails, lake crossings, and some road routes. Over the years signage has improved tremendously, with the most recent addition of intersection numbers, making it easier for snowmobilers to figure out where they are. These intersection numbers were also created to assist snowmobilers and emergency crews to find each other in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Through the combined efforts of the Sayner Barnstormers and our great neighboring clubs, we feel that Vilas County has the best maintained and marked trails in the world. Our trails adjoin St Germain’s BoBoen Club, Arbor Vitae / Minocqua Cross Country Cruiser’s, Eagle River SnoEagle’s, Land O Lakes Frosty Club’s , and Boulder Junction’s trails. Other clubs in the county include the Conover Snow Buddies, Manitowish SnoSkeeters, Presque Isle SnoBunnies, Phelps, and Lac du Flambeau Northern Horseshoe.
See you on the trails and always, Please Ride Safe!!!