snowmobile http://wxpr.org en Eddy: Most Snowmobile Crashes Preventable http://wxpr.org/post/eddy-most-snowmobile-crashes-preventable <p>With the World Championship Snowmobile Derby ending Sunday in Eagle River, many enthusiasts are in the Northwoods to enjoy some of the best snowmobiling in years. This is also International Snowmobile Safety Week.</p><p>DNR Snowmobile Administrator Warden Gary Eddy says with busy trails, always keep in mind safety...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><blockquote><p><i><u>"....some of the traditional complaints we have out there when it is busy are snowmobilers cutting corners, not staying on the right side of the trail, speeding and just overall reckless operation...."</u></i></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Ken Krall 13297 at http://wxpr.org Eddy: Most Snowmobile Crashes Preventable Not Your Parents' Sled: Vintage Racing in the 21st Century http://wxpr.org/post/not-your-parents-sled-vintage-racing-21st-century <p>This weekend is the snowmobile World Championship, expected to draw tens of thousands.&nbsp; But last weekend was the World Championship for vintage racing. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vintage cars, vintage records…but vintage snowmobiles?&nbsp; That I had not heard of before moving to the </span>Northwoods<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. I was curious about what draws people to the sport, so I headed to the offices of the Eagle River derby track for the weekend of the vintage racing championship.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 13243 at http://wxpr.org Not Your Parents' Sled: Vintage Racing in the 21st Century Vintage Racers Hit the Track http://wxpr.org/post/vintage-racers-hit-track <p>Vintage snowmobile racers compete this weekend in Eagle River in the world championship. &nbsp;</p><p>The world championship may be a week away…but spectators at the vintage race are all about the here and now.&nbsp; The qualifying rounds for the vintage championship are filled with sleds from the 70s and 80s…or older.&nbsp; They’re smaller and more antique looking than today’s ultrafast monsters. &nbsp;And though next weekend’s races will draw a bigger crowd, more people enter the vintage categories.&nbsp; Elmer Jensen is a longtime volunteer at the derby.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:55:48 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 13021 at http://wxpr.org Vintage Racers Hit the Track Ski Conditions: Like February in December http://wxpr.org/post/ski-conditions-february-december <p>The frigid weather may have kept skiers indoors for a few days…but otherwise this season’s conditions have been prime for cross country skiing.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tim Collins, Director of </span>Minocqua<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Winter Park says the park had its biggest day ever the Saturday after Christmas.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:11:04 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12875 at http://wxpr.org Ski Conditions: Like February in December Ice Castle Rises Again After Two-Year Hiatus http://wxpr.org/post/ice-castle-rises-again-after-two-year-hiatus <p>Eagle River’s legendary ice castle has been built once again by the area fire department. &nbsp;</p><p>The design is new every year, but the method isn’t:&nbsp; Eagle River deputy fire chief Jim Bonson says the ice harvesting saws and other tools date back more than 80 years. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;“We’ve been doing it since 1933 as a community and it just has become a tradition.&nbsp; When we don’t have it, like the last two years due to weather conditions, people get excited when all of a sudden it appears.”</span></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:51:21 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12696 at http://wxpr.org Ice Castle Rises Again After Two-Year Hiatus Holiday Snowmobile Traffic Brings Good Tidings for Businesses http://wxpr.org/post/holiday-snowmobile-traffic-brings-good-tidings-businesses <p>Snowmobile trails are opening across the Northwoods. &nbsp;Phelps trails open Thursday, and Forest County trails open Friday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most Oneida County trails opened Wednesday.&nbsp; </span>Minocqua<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Chamber of Commerce Director Kim </span>Baltus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says wintry conditions this early in the year is a big deal.</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:56:04 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12192 at http://wxpr.org Holiday Snowmobile Traffic Brings Good Tidings for Businesses Vilas County Snowmobile Trails to Open Early http://wxpr.org/post/vilas-county-snowmobile-trails-open-early <p>An early opening for Vilas County trails has snowmobile clubs and local businesses in good spirits.&nbsp; The date was moved up from Tuesday December 17<sup>th</sup> to this Friday December 13<sup>th</sup> at 6 pm.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vilas County Parks and Recreation Forester Dale Mayo says opening day usually happens after the four-day </span>antlerless<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> deer hunt ends.&nbsp; But he says this year low temperatures and snow conditions seem to have discouraged many hunters.</span></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:52:33 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 11795 at http://wxpr.org Vilas County Snowmobile Trails to Open Early Snowmobilers Wait for Snow, and Paperwork http://wxpr.org/post/snowmobilers-wait-snow-and-paperwork <p>Snow has started to pile up here in the Northwoods, and that’s good news for snowmobilers.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oneida County Forest Director John Bilogan says</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> conditions could be frozen enough in a few days.&nbsp; But he’s guessing it will be about two weeks before the state-funded trails actually open.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:53:21 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 11478 at http://wxpr.org Snowmobilers Wait for Snow, and Paperwork