Reported By: George – Sayner/Star Lake Barsntormers
Trail Report: Sayner
Date of Report: 02/09/2016
Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: 3 inches (+/-) on the trail
Area Report: –
Its impossible to make a blanket assessment about our trails right now. Conditions vary so much. While conditions are far from perfect – our trails are better than what many might think. It comes down to the quality of the snow that comes down – not how much. Many think because the storm one week ago did not give us nearly as much as what they were calling for; that conditions will be poor everywhere – NOT the case. The 4 1/2 inches (+/-) we did get was good snow for the drags to work with. 1 inch of heavier snow is as good as 6 inches of fluff. We also got a few light snow falls here and there to help keep up with traffic. By Sunday night, thanks to heavy traffic, most areas did get pretty beat up. But we groomed Sunday night and straightened most of that out. We are doing what we can with what we have to work with.
As I have been saying; it all comes down to opinions. As I listened to and talked to riders Sunday night, I heard everything from “they are beat up” to “they are pretty darn good”! 4 riders could ride the same trail and there will be 4 different opinions.
Are they pristine and perfect everywhere? NO One thing for sure – they are really getting icy. Close to towns or concentrated traffic areas such as near major intersections – it is snirty. The further north you go – the more snow there has been to work with. Please don’t judge any club’s entire system by the last 1/2 mile you rode getting into town. It is not fair.
So on the average I rate our system as “fair” with many areas a lot better and a few poor areas. If your really fussy and need perfect and pristine – you will not be happy. The good news is that Vilas County is supposed to receive some lake effect today. As usual though – it will be heavier further north.
Icy areas are impossible to pinpoint. So slow down and be ready. Slow down so you can ride another day. Safe riding always works – stupid riding too often hurts!!!
The loggers are currently gone from our trails. But they can start up somewhere else without warning us first. Please – if you run across a logging operation, do not confront the loggers. They have the right to shut trails down to complete their logging. If they get hassled too much – thats exactly what they will do.
News & Events: –
Barnstormers Pizza Fund Raiser – This Sunday February 14th at Vinchi’s Hillside from 4 to 8PM. The proceeds from any pizza purchased go to the Barnstormers. There will also be raffle prizes and all donations to the club are always greatly appreciated!!!
Please go to http://saynerbarnstormers.com/calendar/ (copy & paste to browser) to see the Barnstormer’s list of events & fundraisers coming up in 2016!!!
To join the Barnstormers, please copy & paste this url to your browser: http://saynerbarnstormers.com/join-the-barnstormers/
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!!!