Trail Conditions: Early Season
Snow Cover: 7 inches +-
Date of Report: January 2, 2021
January 2 – 6:24am 18 degrees – Low tonight of 18
VILAS COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAILS OPEN
Trails are in on average Fair Early Riding Condition
Temps will be warmer today then yesterday so if you plan to ride it would good to get out early. Checking the GTS Trails app it looks like many clubs in county were out with the groomers in the last 24 hours. Riding today & will report conditions this evening. In the mean time THINK COLD & do a SNOW DANCE.
Here’s yesterday ride report:
Headed out on the trails mid morning yesterday. 8 degrees when we left. Live east of Eagle River. Took 10 heading west toward Eagle River. ROW had pretty much snow. Took spur to Catfish Lake at 12 Pines, which is marked with no slush at all. Off at Braywood Bay. Road route (10) to Bloom Rd & back on the trail(10). Frozen solid from Bloom Rd to Loon Lk Rd. Picked up the very smooth grade (10/13) headed north through town.
Crossed over to trail 17N near Derby Inn. 17N all the way to Phelps. Mixed bag on 17. Thin snow under the big pines. Otherwise lots of snow cover. Some hard ice. Not much snirt but some leaves. Some rough areas.
Picked up 6W in Phelps. There has been some rehab on 6W as you leave town so it had some rough areas but snow covered. 6W all the way to Land o’ Lakes. 6W has lots of different conditions. Far amount of snow on much of the 6W. Thin snow areas under the big pines & logging in a section of the forest. That section has logs docked along the trail & trail is plowed with mostly just hard ice. There’s a short stretch of 6W just as you come into Land o’ Lakes that is crusty.
Rode through Land o’ Lakes heading west on 6W & 5. On the west side of Land o’ Lakes there was a lot more snow. Headed south on 13 toward Conover. Snow covered deeper in some areas. Farther south on 13 the snow was not as deep as 6W & 5.
Took 3 aka Manske Swamp over to 17. It was frozen hard & as smooth as I’ve seen it in a long time. No mush or water. 17 back into Eagle River. Crossing back to 10/13 & through town. 10 heading east back home. All in all trails were way better than I thought they would be. Rating them on average FAIR EARLY RIDING CONDITION.
As reported Catfish Lake is marked & no mush or slush. Eagle Lake is not marked & not open & not safe. Remember if a lake is not marked or on a map with a trail it probably is not safe.
Good to get out & ride almost a 100 miles. Tomorrow we ride northwest out of Eagle River on 10 aka Wisconsin River Bridge trail. Heading to Sayner, Star Lake, Bouder Jct, Presque Isle & Manny Waters. Will report trail conditions tomorrow night.
Thanks to the clubs for all their hard work.
KEEP THINKING COLD & DOIN’ THE SNOW DANCE!
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News and Reports:
UPDATE – Sno-Eagles Wednesday & Thursday rides start has been moved forward to
January 13 & 14 SNOW conditions & totals permitting
Contact Club President, Howard Wolf at 262.442.4876 for more information
- January 5 – Sno-Eagles Board of Directors meeting – 6pm – VFW – Hwy 70W
- January 8-10 – World Championship Vintage Derby – Derby Track north Hwy 45N – Volunteers needed
- January 15-17 – World Championship Snowmobile Derby – Derby Track north Hwy 45N – Volunteers needed
- January 18 – Military Ride – HQ at the Derby Track north on Hwy 45N
- January 21 – Sno-Eagles General membership meeting – Live stream – check sno-eagles.org for information
- January 29-31 – Women on Snow
To volunteer or for more information on Sno-Eagles activities contact Howard Wolf at 262.442.4876
Wisconsin Snowmobile Registration
Discount Trail Pass for Snowmobile Club Members – $10 – Time to join a club!
Standard Wisconsin Trail Pass – $30
Out of State Trail Pass – $50
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Newly Updated Groomer Tracking Systems (GTS) Gives you trails groomed in last 24, 48 & 96 hours