DATE: March 7, 2021
FROM: Al Murray, Vilas County Forest Administrator, and Todd Bierman, Vilas County Parks and Recreation Supervisor
THE VILAS COUNTY SNOWMOBILE TRAIL SYSTEM INCLUDING ALL STATE FUNDED TRAILS AND CLUB FUNDED TRAILS WILL CLOSE TO SNOWMOBILE USE ON MONDAY, MARCH 8 TH AT 11:59 P.M.
The Vilas County Snowmobile Alliance confirmed deteriorating trail conditions and recommended closure of the trails on Monday. All eleven snowmobile trail clubs and hundreds of volunteers have worked diligently over the last 10 weeks to maintain trails in safe and operable conditions.
The chairman of the Vilas County Snowmobile Alliance in an email to give notice of the vote to close, stated to the clubs, “Thank you for your hard work, effort, and decisions that made for another great snowmobile season. I think everyone did a great job of making the best of a not-so-great situation. We had a lot of traffic and the trails were pretty good given the amount of snow we had to work with. Safety-wise, we had a big improvement over last year. Great job!”
The Department totally agrees with the Alliance in the decision to close and would also like to thank the snowmobile clubs for their efforts in this difficult year, with lack of snow. The clubs did the best job that they could with what they had to work with. Although trails were not up to the high standards of a normal snow year, they were open, thousands of riders enjoyed them, and the economy of Vilas County benefited from the efforts.
As another announcement, the Vilas County Pioneer Creek Cross Country Ski Trail will close for use on Monday, March 8 th at noon due to warm weather and deteriorating conditions.