Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 8" +
Date of Report: January 30, 2023
The Barnstormer trails have held up very well despite the heavy traffic and lack of good snow. With the exception of tonight, January 30, we are grooming nightly. With the sub-zero temps, we are not sending our drivers out tonight. Grooming will start up again tomorrow night.
Until we get significant snow, the trail base will remain very thin and the corners will be icy. The lack of snow is helping to keep the trails flat, but the icy base makes safety a big concern.
Sometimes we may sound like a broken record when we continue to preach about slowing down. There have been FOUR SNOWMOBILE FATALITIES in the area just in the past four days! Two left the trail and hit trees, one lost control and hit a fencepost after passing another sled on the trail, and one was hit by a vehicle when trying to cross a highway. We cannot stress this enough: SLOW DOWN AND BE ATTENTIVE!
Another situation that has been getting worse is the off-trail riding. Hey, I get it, it’s fun. But, it’s also illegal, it’s criminal trespassing, and it’s disrespectful. One of our neighboring clubs is on the verge of losing a main corridor trail because of this nonsense. These aren’t idle threats, it’s really happening. Stay on the trail, or stay home.
TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE: Due to ongoing logging operations, the Barnstormer’s trail #51 is CLOSED between TIN 344 and 353! DO NOT RIDE THIS SECTION OF TRAIL!
Mark your calendars for the following Barnstormer Fundraising Events!
Saturday, February 4, 2023: Annual Chili Dump – Join us at Murmuring Waters from 2:00 – 5:00 for our Annual Chili Dump.
Sunday, February 19, 2023: Pizza Fundraiser – Join us at The Hillside Tavern and Grill from 4:00 – 8:00 for our Pizza Fundraiser!
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!!!