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Snowmobile trail conditions vary throughout the state

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Outdoor enthusiasts are looking forward to the snow, especially in some places that haven't seen a lot.

If there's snow Allan Zahrt will find it.

"When you grow up with it, it's hard to explain, it's fun to be outdoors," said Zahrt.

The avid snowmobiler says he hits the trails every chance he gets.

"Just an evening ride or on the weekend when you have a few extra hours to go out and have some fun," said Zahrt.

The fact that more than 900 miles of trails in Marathon County are open doesn't hurt either.

"Right now they're in good to excellent condition," said Jon Daniels, snowmobile and ATV coordinator in Marathon County.

But other parts of the state, like Portage County, aren't as lucky. Only about a quarter of the trails are open right now.

"Trails are partially open. Zone 1 is open and part of zone 2," said Melissa Sabel, communications director for the Stevens Point Area Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Tourism leaders say about 20 inches of snow have fallen across central Wisconsin this winter. But most of it has been light and fluffy. Experts say it's the heavy, wet snow that they need.

"People are really wanting to just get out there but it's out of our control," said Sabel.

Parks and recreation officials in Marathon County say they know what it's like to deal with Mother Nature

"Two years ago we were open for 5 days, last year 65 days," said Daniels.

This season looks to be even better than that, and these trails are attracting lots of visitors.

"If we have good snow people will stop here instead of going north so it's always good for business," said Daniels. "Snowmobilers will travel."

Snowmobilers like Zahrt, who says all eyes are on the weather hoping for a big helping of snow.

For a look at trail conditions near you click here:

http://www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport/snowmobile

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