Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 2 to 5 inches on the trail
Date of Report: February 23, 2020
I am still listing our trails in good condition overall, but due to warm temps and continued extremely heavy traffic – they will go down hill fast. So much of this heavy traffic is immediately after grooming. So not long after the groomer has gone through; there is no evidence that we groomed. A large part of our grooming has been done in the evening this year, so there has been a lot of traffic on the trail right after the groomer. Most of our groomer drivers this year, due to jobs, cannot groom after midnight. Mostly – Only the President and VP have been going out after midnight on the weekends. On the weekends, however, we still have heavy traffic as late as 2am. So consequently, we have had a lot of people this year accusing us AT TIMES of not grooming at all. This is simply NOT true. We have done the best we can this year and are not about to demand to a volunteer to wait until midnight to go out. So its either most of the trails get groomed in the evening during the week – or not groom them at all.
There are a LOT of ARMCHAIR Trail Bosses out there. If you think you’re so smart – come take over the club.
PLEASE continue to stay close to the marked lake crossings. This year, due to the way lakes froze over with heavy snow cover, areas of the lake away from marked crossings ARE NOT SAFE!
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!!!