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Young snowmobilers prep for season

LANGLADE COUNTY (WAOW) - The next generation of snowmobilers is ready to hit the trails. But first, they had to pass a test. 
Fourteen students spent the weekend learning from Tombstone-Pickerel Sno-Club instructors. 
"What you're supposed to do or not supposed to do if you're snowmobiling, if it's smart or not smart to do," said Brett Witman, one of the students.
Jacquie Bailey has been an instructor for 25 years. She says she grew up with the sport.  
"It seems like you either love winter or you hate it and if you love it, you better go out and enjoy it," said Bailey.
She shared her advice with the next generation. 
"Respect the trails, respect the land owners. If you don't teach these young kids to stay on the trail and pay attention to what those trail signs are, it's hard enough to get snowmobile trails as it is and we don't need to lose any because it's very difficult to get them back," said Bailey.
Before these new snowmobilers can hit the trail, there's still a lot of work to be done. Groomers have to prepare the 130 miles of trails this club enjoys. Club leaders say they still need more snow first.
As soon as that happens, Tommy Kendall and his mother say they have big plans.
"Going on big trips. Now that I got my license and everything, I can go drive myself," said Tommy. 
"It is something that we can do as a family and a lot of friends, we can meet up, warm up, take breaks, and meet others on the trail. It's just a great Wisconsin tradition," said Michelle Kendall. 
Bailey says she hopes her students remember what they learned this weekend when they put sled to snow this season.
"Always get an updated map. That's always very helpful," said Bailey. 
Instructors said every student in the Tombstone-Pickerel class passed their test. 

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