Trails in Vilas county are open but conditions are mostly poor to fair. However, Oneida county trails are still closed and the DNR is issuing tickets to people riding on them. The confusing part is that some clubs have trails in both counties. Most of St. Germain trails are in Vilas county but some aren’t (for example, the trail along the power lines behind Spangs restaurant is in Oneida county) If you do ride, be sure to look at a map to see which county a trail is in.

We’re still in a holding pattern waiting for snow. The quarter of an inch we got on Monday was nice to see but didn’t really help the trails. Below is the last trail report from a ride on Friday, January 1st. Our sleds have been parked since then.

I headed out riding yesterday afternoon hitting some Sayner, Eagle River and St. Germain trails. All had been panned. Trails definitely need more snow. Most are thin on snow and you will see lots of rocks and branches on trails. There were some bumps but not bad as there is not enough snow to make big ones. Some trails had ruts. Corners were icy and some bare. Your carbides will definitely scrape. Plowed road trails have an ice base but you still will scrape. Lakes are in great shape. More are now marked.

I’d rate most trails in poor condition with some fair. We really need more snow to build a better base and give groomers something to work with. People are trying to ride but don’t expect decent conditions.

We’ll update as conditions change.

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