Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: Better!
Date of Report: January 19, 2023
Thank you! Your snow dances worked! Last night, Sayner got 6-7″ of much needed snow! After the heavy traffic last weekend, followed by a couple days of warm temps, ice & rain, the trails were mostly down to the ice base. This new snow paints a different picture.
The Sayner Barnstormers will resume grooming operations this afternoon/evening. This new snow isn’t as wet & heavy as we would have liked, but it at least gives us something to work with. It’s not the best packing snow, so we’ll see how well it stays in place after grooming. Regardless, it should provide for some great riding for the next few days.
With the Championship Derby this weekend, you can expect very heavy traffic. PLEASE, be careful out there. Stay right, especially when approaching corners. When you push the limit on speed, you put many other people at risk. Use the lakes, not the trails, for showing everyone how fast you can ride.
TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE: Due to ongoing logging operations, the Barnstormer’s trail #51 is CLOSED between TIN 344 and 353! DO NOT RIDE THIS SECTION OF TRAIL!
Mark your calendars for the following Barnstormer Fundraising Events!
Saturday, January 21, 2023: Stillwaters Snowmobile Breakfast – 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
Saturday, February 4, 2023: Annual Chili Dump – Join us at Murmuring Waters from 2:00 – 5:00 for our Annual Chili Dump.
Sunday, February 19, 2023: Pizza Fundraiser – Join us at The Hillside Tavern and Grill from 4:00 – 8:00 for our Pizza Fundraiser!
The Sayner Barnstormers are proud groomers of the Sayner – Star Lake Wisconsin area snowmobile trails. Our club was founded back on November 26, 1969, with 27 charter members. The Barnstormers trails stretch all the way from Hwy 70, just east of Arbor Vitae, all the way up to Old Hwy B, just west of Land O Lakes. We groom these trails with three tractors each equipped with 9-foot-6-inch grooming drags built by Sno*Boss of Eagle River and Arrowhead Groomers of St. Germain.
Snowmobiling was born here in the 1920s, when Carl Eliason, of Sayner, invented the first snowmobile in 1924 (he called it a snow machine initially). He took his first patent out on November 24, 1927. He has been featured in History Magazine, in the Modern Marvels section. You can still see some of the very first snowmobiles to ever be ridden in Sayner’s History Museum and at Eliason Lumber, both located on Hwy 155 in Sayner.
Our trails cover a variety of terrains including beautiful wooded trails, lake crossings, and some road routes. Over the years signage has improved tremendously, with the most recent addition of intersection numbers, making it easier for snowmobilers to figure out where they are. These intersection numbers were also created to assist snowmobilers and emergency crews to find each other in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Through the combined efforts of the Sayner Barnstormers and our great neighboring clubs, we feel that Vilas County has the best maintained and marked trails in the world. Our trails adjoin St Germain’s BoBoen Club, Arbor Vitae / Minocqua Cross Country Cruiser’s, Eagle River SnoEagle’s, Land O Lakes Frosty Club’s , and Boulder Junction’s trails. Other clubs in the county include the Conover Snow Buddies, Manitowish SnoSkeeters, Presque Isle SnoBunnies, Phelps, and Lac du Flambeau Northern Horseshoe.
See you on the trails and always, Please Ride Safe!!!