"We need the cold and we need the snow. It can't rain and if we stay on average, we'll be good this year."
With the weather cooperating, Dean Kanennberg is hard at work, preparing Marathon County's almost 900 miles of snowmobile trails.
"Groom, groom, groom," says Kanennberg.
"We want to make the trails as smooth as we can and make them safe, so we just want to fill in the holes and get everything ready for a safe ride."
In order to open, the trails need snow, but that's where it begins. It takes thousands of volunteer hours to groom, mark, and talk to the landowners. That could all be put in jeopardy if riders don't follow the rules.
"Our trails 100 percent depend on the landowners," stresses Kaneenberg.
"If you go off the trail, you are trespassing and are subject to a fine."
After putting in all the effort preparing and maintaining these trails, Kanennberg urges riders to stay safe once the trails open on Christmas morning.
"Proceed with caution. The trails aren't perfect so slow down and the speed limit is 55 at night, so that is year round."
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