Eagle River, Wisconsin Snowmobile/X-C-Ski/ Snowshoe/ Winter Sports Events 2-3-2013

NEW:  EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN SNOW REPORT, as of February 4, 2013.

For lovers of snowmobiling, X-C skiing, and snowshoeingŠSnowboarding
EACH ACTIVITY -- snowmobiling, X-C skiing and snowshoeing -- is discussed in
detail below.    
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 important, detailed information about the trails and snowmobile
opportunities in the Eagle River area:

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 <http://www.sno-eagles.org> )

With at least 6 inches of new snow, and few if any soft spots  the riding in
the Eagle River area ranges from good to very good conditions !  Groomers
have been out, everything is groomed. and now is the perfect mid-season time
for you to get your sleds up here, and enjoy the finest trails anywhere:
Eagle River, Wisconsin
 
 Catfish Lake Loop and Eagle Lake Trails are both marked with the orange
reflective barrels.  You can ride safely by the barrels, but do not stray
from them. Trails are marked by the businesses on those trails.  This has
never meant that the entire lake is safe. There are also many lakes that
never have trails they are never safe.  So, if you do not see a
clearly-marked trail markers, and if it's not on a trail map, it probably is
not safe.Snowmobile girl

 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.

 Remember that there is logging going on near, and in, some locations right
on the trail.  Those areas are clearly marked with signage.  Right now the
logging going on is not in Sno-Eagles Country.  We will keep you posted. Be
careful.

 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 <http://www.eagleriver.org>

 *The 100 miles of snowmobile trails in the Eagle River area are groomed,
maintained, and continually inspected by the Sno-Eagles, Inc. Snowmobile
Club.  The club strongly recommends that riders pick up a new 2013
Snow-Eagles trail map at the Chamber of Commerce and various places around
the Eagle River area.
 
 X-C Ski And Snowshoe Trails In The Eagle River Area:

There are also 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. We rate the current
ski trail conditions (On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being poor and 5 =
excellent), we rate the current ski trail conditions at "3-4" ­ good to near
excellent mid-season conditions (trail dependent).  The Eagle River area
received 4-6 inches of snow, after a severe melt.  Depending on when
grooming occurred and the terrain of the course, expect some ice patches
underneath the fresh powder.

Afterglow has full depth classic tracks and skate lane that is in excellent
shape.  The Three Eagle Trail is likely in very good shape with a smooth
skate lane and classic tracks.  Nordmarka trails remain closed, as we are
waiting for the slush pockets to dry. Anvil trails should be well covered
and will likely be groomed by the Forest Service.

Eagle River area snowshoers will find trekking opportunities on both trails,
and general miles-upon-miles of logging roads.   With a fresh dose of snow
(6 inches+), the trails are looking great for snowshoeing. Also, we finally
have a good, deep base of ice below the snow, so narrower and hilly trails
should be just as great for trekking as the wider, flatter ones.  The ice
cold temps are giving way to more temperate weather this week, so get out
when you can.  The trails are ready for all of you mushers up here in Eagle
River.
 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.
 For 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
 
UPCOMING EVENTS IN EAGLE RIVER AREA:

-- The Tundra Trekkers Snowshoe Club has started this season's activities.
All ages and abilities are welcome.  Meet at the Eagle River YMCA at 5:00 pm
for introductions and gear reviews.  We will be trekking on the trails
adjacent to the high school.  The loop takes about a half hour ­ a great
trek for newbies, and we will do the loop twice for anyone who is still
trying to work off holiday treats. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce;
800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; 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: info@eagleriver.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: info@eagleriver.org; 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.  Largest non-invitational lumberjack
competition in the Midwest, and the only one held in winter.   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, vegan burgers, and 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: info@eagleriver.org; web:
www.eagleriver.org 

Info compiled & distributed by Creative Brilliance. ©2013.
Naomi K. Shapiro or Ray Smith
e-mail: cre8vnaomi@gmail.com; cre8vRay@charter.net

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