NEW: EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN SNOW REPORT, as of December 31, 2012.
(For lovers of snowmobiling, X-C skiing, and snowshoeing). Information on each activity – -snowmobiling, X-C skiing and snowshoeing – - is discussed in detail. In addition Eagle River winter activities and special events are listed at the end of the report.
*EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN, Snowmobile Capital of the World.®
Here is some important and detailed information about the trails and snowmobile opportunities in the Eagle River area:
Catfish Lake Loop and Eagle Lake Trails are now both marked with the orange reflective barrels. You can ride safely by the barrels, but do not stray from them. The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department reported that a group went through the ice near the thoroughfare on Eagle Lake. Remember only the area marked is safe – -NOT THE WHOLE LAKE! We want you to enjoy all the wonders that Eagle River has to offer, but only in complete safety.
Alternate Trail 13S is open once again. This is the direct route trail between Eagle River and Three Lakes. To keep this trail open do not do any off trail riding. That’s essential.
Trail Boss Tom went out and inspected the Wisconsin River Bridge and smoothed the roughness out. He saw no slush or wet areas.
You can access up to the moment conditions by calling any of the contact numbers listed at the end of this report, OR going online at www.eagleriver.org.
The 100 miles of snowmobile trails are groomed and maintained by the Sno-Eagles snowmobile club in the Eagle River area and are continually inspected.
The “Proud Groomers of the Snowmobile Capital of the World®”, the Sno-Eagles, Inc.” continue to groom the trails. “It’s a great year to be a sledder,” says the website (www.sno-eagles.org)
There are many pristine X-C ski and snowshoe trails in the Eagle River area. The trails are among the best in the Midwest. The trails are groomed for both skating and classic-style-cross-country skiing. Right now, on a scale from 1 to 5 (1=poor, 5=excellent), we’ll give the Eagle River X-C ski trails a solid “3.” This means that while skiing is good, there are likely some bumpy areas with possible, dirt, grass, or other stuff poking through the thin base. Race skis are generally not recommended. We’re expecting more snow which should improve the trail quality If you are looking to classic ski with tracks Afterglow Lake Resort has tracks set on all their trails and they are in very good condition. Razorback Ridges attempted to set track with varying success. All other trails including Three Eagle, Anvil, and Nicolet North have not attempted to set tracks. There may be a skied in track, but expect it to be washed out in many places. The Three Eagle Trail track may be pretty good because the trail surface is flat and there are not many hills. Afterglow and Razorback would also be excellent places to go. Nordmarka Skil Trail is currently closed due to problems with blowing snow, creating conditions where groomers cannot go out yet. If you are looking for skate skiing, Three Eagle Trail is the most level making it a great surface.
Eagle River area snowshoers will find trekking opportunities on both trails and miles upon miles of logging roads. The weather is perfect for snowshoeing in Eagle River right now. We have a good snow cover of 6-8 inches over a solid frozen ground base. Many trails are only lightly trampled over and the snow is fluffy for a soft trek. With more snow promised and temperatures in a comfortable teens-twentiies range, the coming week promises to be an excellent time for snowshoeing. Continue to be on the watch for channels, swamps, and spring fed lakes that will not be solidly frozen. Check with the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce for up-to-the-minute information on all trail conditions. Detailed contact information for the Eagle River Chamber is available at the end of this report.
Information: Recorded trail update: 715-479-5185; Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center ; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; web: www.eagleriver.org
DATE: EVERY YEAR between Christmas and New Year’s (weather permitting), Eagle River’s annual ice castle construction has been a community tradition for nearly eighty years! Over 3,000 ten-inch ice blocks are cut from a local lake using antique ice equipment, trucked to town, and placed and sculpted into a breathtaking new design every year by volunteers led by the area Fire Department. Located on a major snowmobile trail through Eagle River, everyone stops to have their picture taken in front of the Ice Castle! Lit at night, too! Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
***** Fri.-Sun., Jan. 11-20, 2013: 50th Anniversary World Championship Snowmobile Derby Week at the Derby Track. Vintage competition, world championships, exhibits. Don’t miss this world-class event, attended by mega-thousands and recognized around the globe. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
– Fri.-Sun., Jan. 25-27, 2013: 27th Annual Women on Snow Celebration. Opportunity for women of all ages and riding abilities to snowmobile Northern Wisconsin’s beautiful trails. Hosting lodge: Eagle River Inn and Resort in Eagle River. Limited to first 120 women. Registrants are accepted on first-received, first-accepted basis. Meals, lodging, and gas are included in the registration fee cost of $250 for the weekend; oil and refreshments are on your own. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
***** Fri.-Sun., Feb. 8-10, 2013: 8th Annual USA Adult Pond Hockey National Championships. 4 on 4 Pond Hockey Championships held on Dollar Lake at the Chanticleer Inn in Eagle River, Wisconsin. 284 registered teams, 24 specially prepared rinks are set up on the ice of Dollar Lake. Thousands of participants and fans from 27 states and Canada. The premier winter ice hockey event anywhere. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
- -Sat.-Sun. Feb. 16-17, 2013: Great Northern Sno Cross Series, Eagle River Derby Track. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
***** Sat.-Sun., March 2-3, 2013: 23rd Annual Klondike Days. Winter Rendezvous, competitions & demonstrations. One of the country’s greatest and most multi-faceted winter events. Attended by thousands each year. Authentic Voyageur encampment with re-creators and exhibitions of smithing, muzzle loading, ax throwing, and a chance to see how Eagle River’s earliest settlers and explorers lived. Dog sled weight pulls, horse pulls, ice sculpture, chainsaw carving, Native American exhibits and dancing, snow sculptures, cut, stack & splint contest, snowshoe competition. Artisan exhibits and sale of superb arts & crafts, Amish quilt show and sale. Live music, entertainment, foods include Paul Bunyan burgers, chili, wild rice soup, kettle corn. Family event geared to every taste and age — kids, adults, seniors.
Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
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