Sawyer Trails One of Only a Few Wisconsin Counties in Excellent Shape

Friday, January 19, 2018 | Wisconsin Public Radio |

Snowmobile Clubs Director: Fourth Bad Winter In A Row In Central Wisconsin

Midway through January, snowmobile trails are still not open in most of Wisconsin.

Despite the cold weather, there hasn't been enough snow for snowmobiling except in the far northern part of the state.

It is the fourth disappointing winter in a row, said Jon Rauen, director of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs in Marathon County.

"Right here in Marathon County, the trails are not open. I'm sure people are getting a little frustrated and a little excited," Rauen said. "Here we're going on our fourth season now with marginal snow conditions. We definitely need a good snow year here."

Rauen, who is a member of the Poniatowski Dare Devils snowmobile club, said he hasn’t been out on his snowmobile yet this winter.

"If we don't lose any snow in the next couple of days with the warmup, we're probably only 2 or 3 inches of snow away from being able to open," Rauen said.

According to the state’s Travel Wisconsin website, trails are in excellent shape in just Douglas, Sawyer and Vilas counties. Nine other northern counties are in good shape.

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