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Trail Report For: Eagle River – 12/31/2014

Trail Report: Eagle River

Reported By: Holly Tomlanovich

Date of Report: 12/31/2014

Trail Conditions: Good

Snow Cover: Varied on trail – 4 inch -12 inch base

Area Report:

Snowmobile Trails are open & in
Good Early Riding Condition

Trails remain in Early Riding Condition.  Drivers Dan & Dale & Beau were out grooming last night & trails are setting up well with the temps that dropped to 12 below plus last night!  The traffic is really high on the trails so they are getting rough by the time the guys go out.  But yep we are grooming each night.

The slushy wet conditions are just beginning to improve. In the mean time slow down & pay attention to the trails as you ride.  If you come to an area that looks slushy or wet.  Stop, assess what you see.  If you do not feel comfortable turn around & head back in the direction from which you came.  If you choose to move ahead walk the area first to determine the conditions & determine if you are skilled enough & feel safe enough to proceed.  Again, if you don’t feel comfortable turn around.  That is the best choice.

The COLD has arrived.  It was 4 below zero for a low last night! The National Weather Service predicts these temps:

  • Wednesday – High 8 Low 4
  • Thursday – High 18 Low 5 below
  • Friday – High 11 Low 2

If you are going to go out today here are a few tips:

  • Dress for the cold – layers is best
  • Do not ride alone
  • Make sure that the ALL of the group you are riding with is with you.  Good system is that each rider is responsible for the rider directly behind them.  That way no one is left behind.
  • Make sure your fuel tank is full
  • Stop frequently to warm up – drink warm drinks
  • Tell someone where you are headed
  • Stay on the marked trails
  • Watch for the brown 3 digit numbers on the trails.  If you get into trouble you can call 911 & give them the number & they will be able to find you quickly.

Early Riding Conditions means conditions change really quickly as you ride so be aware. There may be snow ruts on Forestry Roads & trails we share with the hunters during hunting season. Icy conditions not only in the corners but even on the straight away. There has been icy heavy snow fall which knocks down trees & branches. Slush spots & water area are beginning to freeze so it might be rough in those areas.  Remember to stay on the trail surface & not venture off the trail.  Last many lake trails are Not Open. The businesses on these 2 lakes mark the lake trails.  Contact Braywood, 12 Pines & Lumpy’s to see when Catfish will be marked.  Contact Eagle Waters Resort & Chanticleer Inn to see when Eagle will be marked.  Not Safe!    Keep THINKING COLD. 

All trail surrounding Vilas County are now OPEN!  Check with clubs in the other Counties for up to date conditions.

Trail Boss Tom is going to keep the section of Trail 3 closed between the intersection of 17N & intersection of 10W/13N. For those of you familiar with Sno-Eagles Trails it is also called the Manske Swamp. You still can take 3 from 10W/13N to Conover. Also at 17N you can head east(right). Just the short section in between.

Alternate Trail 13S that heads down the grade south toward Three Lakes has slush & someone with a pick up truck drove down it & got stuck.  There are large areas of slush & water which are now starting to freeze.  If you do not feel comfortable with the idea of driving through slush or rough frozen slush DO NOT GO DOWN that way.  We will keep you posted as it improves with the cold.

Hang in there the COLD is here!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!
Holly Tomlanovich
Sno-Eagles, Inc
Recorded Trail Update 715.479.5185

News & Events: January 17, 2015
5:30pm staging- Parade start 6 pm
Meet at the TrackSide parking lot across from the Derby Track on Hwy 45N.

Everyone is welcome to join!  We would ask that anyone who rode in any of the original Torch Light Parade join us!

Also looking for Vintage & Relic Sleds for the event. 

  • Trail 13S to the Ice Castle
  • On to interesection of Trail 13S & Trail 10E
  • Trail 10E to the ERRA Sports Arena
  • At the Sports Arena Stay for the Falcons – Mosinee Hockey Game OR
  • Head back to Eagle River OR
  • Head out for dinner at one of the many restaurants along the trails
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