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Snowmobile trail conditions as temperatures rise

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Snowmobilers in Marathon County are making the most of final weekends of the snowmobile season.

Allan Zahrt, a board member of the Trailmates Snowmobile Club, says he's trying to get in as much snowmobiling as he can.

"When the season ends, it ends," said Zahrt.

Thanks to record-breaking snow fall in Wausau this winter, he has been riding a lot this season.

"We've had some very short seasons not too long ago, it's really appreciated to have a good long season that you could enjoy and have a good time," said Zahrt.

More than halfway through March, almost all the trails in Marathon County are still open.

"Trails are in mid-season form," said Zahrt. "They're excellent. There's some dirt on the road crossings and water crossings you have to be careful of."

But as the temperatures increase, DNR officials say riders need to be more aware on the trails.

"Corners can get icy, due to the freeze and thaw that occurs at night," said Ben Herzfeldt, Conservation Warden of Marathon County. "The ditches where the snowmobile trails cross can turn to water."

Marathon County officials say depending on the weather, all trails will close on or before March 31st.

In the meantime, snowmobile clubs, like Trailmates, continue to groom the trails to keep them safe for riders.

"We're patroling the trail, to make sure that it is safe," said Zahrt. "If there are any issues that we have to make a trail closure we will."

Zahrt says as the season nears a close, he has seen less riders out.

"I think they've done their share of snowmobiling and they're happy with it," he said.

But he says he's not quite ready to put away his snowmobile just yet.

For trail condition updates, visit the Marathon County Parks and Recreation website

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