This weekend’s thaw was bad news for winter recreation trails.
Snowmobile trails in Iron County closed Monday after being open since early December. Forest Administrator Joe Vairus says a significant amount of snow melted during the thaw.
“It was 45 degrees for a few days, so things really opened up. It looked like spring. The swamps are open and the trails are bare in a lot of places so we’ve got to get things frozen again and get snow coverage on top of that. So it will take several inches, a foot or two.”
An early opening for Vilas County trails has snowmobile clubs and local businesses in good spirits. The date was moved up from Tuesday December 17th to this Friday December 13th at 6 pm.
Vilas County Parks and Recreation Forester Dale Mayo says opening day usually happens after the four-day antlerless deer hunt ends. But he says this year low temperatures and snow conditions seem to have discouraged many hunters.