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!!!
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Date of Report: March 7, 2017
Vilas County Trails are officially closed as of 7am today – Tuesday March 7th, 20107
From Dale Mayo:
“””Due to rapidly deteriorating trail conditions and high winds this morning, the funded snowmobile trail system
in Vilas County will officially close at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 7 March 2017.”””
The trails could potentially reopen if conditions permit – but – the way it looks right now – this happening is highly unlikely. We have trees down on the system from last nights storm and continuing high winds. Reopening would also take a significant snowfall and then an inspection of each club’s system by that club and then the President of that club would need to sign off that his or her system is safe and ready to go. Trails could be open until March 31st at midnight – conditions permitting.
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Still a few days remaining!
***Who couldn’t use some extra cash? A new fundraiser for this season is the Barnstormers Poker Run – 50/50 3-place Raffle to help support our trails. Tickets will be available at businesses listed below and are $5. 2000 tickets will be available for sale. Possible cash prizes of up to $2500, $1500, and $1000 if all tickets are sold. Tickets will be available starting in December at Sayner Pub, Stillwaters, Vinchi’s, Weber’s, Mar-li’s, Patti’s Murmuring Waters, and Fibbers. The Poker Run doesn’t end until March 19th so there is still time to get out and win some cash!!! Even if there is no riding, you can still do it by truck/car!!!