Conrad Heeg

Good Snow Means Tourists
2:56 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Holiday Snowmobile Traffic Brings Good Tidings for Businesses

This weekend, snowmobile riders can hit the trails in most of Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties.
Credit Manfred Werner

Snowmobile trails are opening across the Northwoods.  Phelps trails open Thursday, and Forest County trails open Friday.

Most Oneida County trails opened Wednesday.  Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus says wintry conditions this early in the year is a big deal.

“It’s been several years since the trails have been open before the holidays, and a very long time since we’ve been able to really invite tourists to come and spend their holiday vacation hopefully between Christmas and New Years in the Northwoods.”

Read more
Big Winter Business
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Snowmobilers Wait for Snow, and Paperwork

Snowmobile trails need frozen ground and the permission of landowners in order to open.
Credit Manfred Werner

Snow has started to pile up here in the Northwoods, and that’s good news for snowmobilers. 

Oneida County Forest Director John Bilogan says conditions could be frozen enough in a few days.  But he’s guessing it will be about two weeks before the state-funded trails actually open. 

“It’s all the paperwork side of things – the insurance policies, private land easements, land-use agreements, all have to be in place from the snowmobile clubs and on file in our forestry office.”

Read more