After a few inches of fresh snowfall, Oneida County is opening snowmobile trails Tuesday at 5 pm.
Oneida County Snowmobile Council President Steve Moran says there are some rough spots on the trails.
“Well, we could use more snow. Hopefully we’re gonna get the snow they’re predicting. Mostly they’re white, there’s gonna be some wet spots, that’s the biggest concern we have. Swamps are not frozen with all the warm weather we’ve had, and the insulating snow we had earlier in November.”
A 22 year old Muskego man has died in a Forest county snowmobile crash.The Sheriff's Department reports the man was snowmobiling along the shoreline of Roberts Lake in the town of Freedom.Deputies were called about 1:30 a.m Saturday morning. When they arrived they found the man had crashed the snowmobile into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Forest County Medical Examiner.The investigation into the crash continues and the man's name will be released when all relatives are notified.
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.”
Snowmobile trails in Vilas County are set to open Friday afternoon at 4 pm.
Vilas County Recreation Administrator Dale Mayo says conditions are typical for early season, though some areas may be wet or rough.
“Earlier in the season we had the freezing and thawing and hunters in the woods – and the trails are rutted. We did have plenty of snow, but we still have a few areas where you could encounter some rough spots. So we’re just encouraging everybody to use caution.”
Two recently-signed laws are designed to help promote snowmobiling in the Northwoods and elsewhere. One change will affect most riders.
Act 142 goes into effect in 2015. Snowmobile registration will cost $30 and will be extended to three years from the current two. A key provision of the law is ALL snowmobiles on public trails will be required to display a trail pass. But there is a way to pay less.