Reported By: George – Sayner/Star Lake Barnstormers Club
Trail Report: Sayner
Date of Report: 03/08/2014
Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: Variable inches on the trail
Area Report: Our trails continue to average in the OMG status for conditions! It would be hard to remember a time when they were this good. However, don’t forget what time of year it is. If we get a few days of sun and 40 degree plus temps, they would go in a hurry. For now they are ultra spectacular!!!
Please don’t venture off the marked paths on the lakes. There are deep sled swallowing slush pockets off of the marked paths. Also be aware, that we are supposed to have the markers off the lakes by the middle of the month, which is fast approaching.
News & Events: Barnstormer’s 2014 Fundraisers
-All of our fundraisers this year have been a huge success. A HUGE Thank You to everyone that hosted one, helped, and those that participated.
-Northwoods Snowmobile Challenge – Buy a card for $2 at one of the following stops: Slo’s Pub, The New Twilight, Sayner Pub, Thunderbird Bar & Grill, & Shamrock Pub & Eatery. Have your card stamped at each of those awesome pit stops. After your card is full, turn it in to any one of those businesses, for a chance to win! First place $1000, 2nd $500, and 3rd $250. There are also gift certificates and other prizes. All proceeds from the sale of the cards goes to local snowmobile clubs. The drawing will be on April 27th at Thunderbird Bar & Grill, where there will be food, fun, and more raffle prizes!!!
-Don’t forget! When shopping at Camp’s Sentry Foods in St. Germain, mark your receipts with
“CD17” and place them in the red basket at the service counter. The club gets 1% of those receipts year-round.
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!!!