Reported By: George – Sayner/Star Lake Barnstormers
Trail Report: Sayner
Date of Report: 01/25/2015
Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: 4″ Average – On The Trails
Area Report: .
Between the warm weather and heavy traffic again yesterday (Saturday), our trails took a hard hit. Riders were reporting mushy conditions and there were a LOT of riders. Great to see for our club-supporting businesses!!! The trails after yesterday were pretty much trashed. However, we groomed the entire system as usual and made them all flat again. Snirty areas have grown without new snow. Corners remain icy.
As far as our lakes go, as long as you stick to the marked crossings, you will be fine. However, as always, use caution. Slushy spots or ice heaves could develop at any time, without warning.
Logging continues between the following intersection numbers; 205 & 353 on trail 6/10/11 and on 11/51 between 344 & 352. Out in that area, there are also logging trucks using Vandercook Rd, which is a Cross Country Cruisers trail. The speed limit on Vandercook has been reduced to 35mph. Trucks are hauling out from a lot of areas – so PLEASE be ready at all times to get out of their way! Get off to the side if you can or turn around as quickly as you can. These loggers are not out there to ruin your snowmobiling experience. They are out there trying to make a living. There ARE LOGGING AHEAD SIGNS. Pay attention – heed their warning – SLOW DOWN!!! If you encounter a truck being loaded or a logging machine on the trail; DO NOT assume an operator of the machine or driver of the truck sees you. Always wait until the operator/driver signals you to pass or wait until they have moved off to the side.
We have 15 groomer drivers this year, as usual, led by trail boss Dennis Horan. All of our drivers do an awesome job. Please give them a thank you if you see one of them somewhere!
As always, PLEASE RIDE SAFE!!! Expect the unexpected. Respect especially the groomers and also other riders. You are not the only one on the trail, so always expect traffic to be coming at you around every corner. Slow down and ride another day!!!
News & Events: .
Our fundraiser at Stillwaters was a big success! A HUGE thanks to Chuck, Karen, and their staff!!!
Murmuring Waters Chili Dump
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 – 2 pm to 5 pm
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 – 4 pm to 8 pm
Proceeds from any pizza purchased, go to the Barnstormers!
Tuesday Jan 27th! Meet at the Barnstormer’s Club House on Birch Springs by no later than 10AM.
Feb 7th. Please meet at Sayner Pub by no later than 10AM for breakfast. The ride will then head out at about 11:00a.m. to the establishments participating in the 2015 Steve Pulec Challenge. If members would like, they may purchase their card at the Sayner Pub before we head out for the day.
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!!!