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Snowmobile trails open in Vilas County


Yesterday's winter storm produced enough snow in one county to open up snowmobile trails.

Vilas County leaders say that means millions of dollars for their economy.

Close to 500 miles of state-funded snowmobile trails run through Vilas County—and now they're open for riders.

"The trails are ready to ride," Vilas County Recreation Administrator Dale Mayo said.

But county leaders say it's still very early in the season.

"Snow is minimal right now, so we're asking you to use extreme caution," Mayo told Newsline 9.

While Sunday's storm only dropped a couple of inches in Vilas County, it was enough. Local businesses in Eagle River are looking forward to what's to come.

"People get real excited right off the bat. You get that little snow, let's you know the season is here," Trackside Salesman Ryan Spitz said.

But everyone says these trails can only get better.

"More snow is needed to get the type of trails that people are used to," Mayo said.

"As the trails get better and better, you see a lot more traffic," Spitz said.

County leaders say when the snow starts to fall, these trails become the center of attention. But it's the tourism that comes with it that helps pump money back into the economy.

"We're the registered snowmobile capital of the world. It's a huge part of our state's economy," Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Conrad Heeg said.

Chamber of Commerce leaders say thousands of people head to Vilas County every winter.

"People come from all over the world to ride snowmobile trails here," Heeg said.

This is just the beginning of the season. County leaders say they hope it's a successful one.

Riders may find rough areas, icy patches and wet segments in low-lying areas. Snowmobilers should not cross lakes until the routes are clearly marked.



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