Eagle River Snow Report

(Eagle River, Wis. – December 15, 2014.) Information on snowmobiling, X-C skiing and snowshoeing, is discussed in detail. In addition Eagle River winter activities and special events are listed at the end of the report.

Here is some important and detailed information about the trails and snowmobile opportunities in the Eagle River area:

The section of Trail 3 North of Eagle River, between Trail 17N and 10W/13N IS CLOSED until further notice. It is a wet swamp!

Trails are in fair to good early riding condition. This means as you ride conditions can change quickly so be prepared for that. Riders are surprised to see how much snow is actually out there.

The Catfish Lake Loop and Eagle Lake Trails are NOT MARKED, NOT SAFE, and NOT OPEN. So please stay off of them. Do not try to run on any lake, it is very dangerous.

We could use some fresh snow, and lower temperatures. Both are on their way. In the meantime, sledders are getting out, being very cautious, and enjoying the first rides of the season. Call our report hotline for up the minute trail conditions.

It’s cold in Eagle River, with temps starting to drop Monday night, December 15 – -so make sure you follow some simple rules:

-Dress for the cold, and forget being a “fashionista!”

-Do not ride alone

-Make sure your fuel tank is full

-Tell someone where you’re headed

-Stay on marked trails

-Watch for the brown three digit numbers on the trails. If you get into trouble, you can call 911 and give them the number and they will be able to find you quickly.

Another great addition to the Eagle River trails is Day Trip Trailer/Tow Vehicle parking. The parking lot is located by driving north on Hwy. 45 and turning left on Bluebird Rd. Bluebird Rd. is in between Days Inn and Leif’s Restaurant. Bluebird Rd. curves behind Leif’s and that is where the parking is located. Watch for the signs.

The 100 miles of snowmobile trails are groomed and maintained by the Sno-Eagles snowmobile club in the Eagle River area and are continually inspected. Sno-Eagles Inc. who groom and maintain the trails described strongly recommends that riders pick up a new 2015 Sno-Eagles trail map.  The “Proud Groomers of the Snowmobile Capital of the World®”, the Sno-Eagles, Inc.” continue to groom the trails. “It’s a great year to be a sledder,” says the website (www.sno-eagles.org). There are many pristine X-C ski and snowshoe trails in the Eagle River area. The trails are among the best in the Midwest. The trails are groomed for both skating and classic-style-cross-country skiing.

Eagle River area trails are reportedly, overall, in good to excellent shape. Afterglow has excellent conditions for both skate and classic skiing. With warm weather in the forecast they plan to close their trails, Sunday and Monday to preserve the excellent base. Anvil was just groomed and tracked and is reporting a 4″ base with some bumps. Conditions are fair.

Nordmarka trails have not been groomed for about a week, but are holding up pretty well. Skate lane is good, classic tracks are shallow and getting washed out; fair condition. Three Eagle trail was just groomed. A skier reported freshly groomed and tracked trails in excellent condition. Razorback was groomed this week and their big grooming machine picked up some dirt and leaves, but it’s still good to very good skiing out there.

Eagle River area snowshoers will find trekking opportunities on both trails and miles upon miles of logging roads. Snowshoeing has been fantastic, but warmer weather we’re having will make the snow soft. Great time to take kids out as things relate right now, because of the moderating temperatures. However, if the temperatures get into the high 30’s or if it rains, you’ll want to give your snowshoes a rest. But not to worry – -colder weather and fresh snow is in the forecast and that will spruce up the Eagle River trails again. Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted.

Check with the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce for up-to-the-minute information on all trail conditions. Detailed contact information for the Eagle River Chamber is available at the end of this report. Information: Recorded trail update: 715-479-5185; Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center ; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; web: www.eagleriver.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

Annual Ice Castle: Every year between Christmas and New Year’s (weather permitting), Eagle River’s annual ice castle construction has been a community tradition for nearly eighty years! Over 3,000 ten-inch ice blocks are cut from a local lake using antique ice equipment, trucked to town, and placed and sculpted into a breathtaking new design every year by volunteers led by the area Fire Department. Located on a major snowmobile trail through Eagle River, everyone stops to have their picture taken in front of the Ice Castle! Lit at night, too! Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

Jan. 9-Jan. 18, 2015: Amsoil 52nd Annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby Week in Eagle River. Vintage competition and World Championships on the multi-million dollar Derby Track. Three separate racing venues: Ice oval, snocross and vintage racing. Time trials, “Friday Night Thunder”, heats, quarter and semi-finals, all leading up to the Championship Finals on Sunday, Jan. 18th. Racing daily at 10:00am. Join the ultimate snowmobile racing experience, and the thousands who come to enjoy the thrills, fun, and wonderful Northwoods atmosphere that only Eagle River can provide. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;email: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

Jan. 23-25, 2015: 29th Annual Women on Snow weekend. Women join for a wonderful weekend of snowmobiling and camaraderie. This in an opportunity for women of all ages and riding abilities to snowmobile Northern Wisconsin’s beautiful trails. Hosting lodge: Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River. Limited to first 120 women. Registrants are accepted on first-received, first-accepted basis. Meals (including a fabulous Sunday champagne brunch), lodging, entertainment and gas are included in the registration fee cost of $300 for the weekend; oil and refreshments are on your own. Saturday night banquet, with this year’s theme being “The Wonderful World of Disney.” For reservations contact: Julie LaRiviere at 715-891-1915. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;email: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

Feb. 6-8, 2015: 10th Annual Labatt Blue USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships. Experience the thrill and challenge of this classic 4 on 4 Pond Hockey Championships held at the Chanticleer Inn on Dollar Lake in Eagle River. Join the hundreds of teams – -competing on 24 specially prepared ice rinks, and thousands of participants and fans from across the United States and Canada who enjoy this unique and wonderful event. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

Feb. 20-21, 2015: 8th Annual Wisconsin Pink Ribbon Riders Snow Run. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;email: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

Mar. 7, 2015: 25th Annual Trigs Klondike Days. The most varied winter event anywhere in the country. Winter family festival, Native American exhibits, snow sculptures, cut, stack and split contest, dog sled weigh pulls, sleigh rides, horse pulls, ice sculpture, arts & crafts, Amish quilt show and sale. Authentic Voyageur encampment, staffed by recreators, smithing and muzzleloading exhibitions, live entertainment, Native American dancing, wonderful Northwoods and vintage food. Thousands attend for the fun, very affordable and fascinating historical importance of this unique event. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;email: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

The winter season in Eagle River is much more than just “snow.” The pristine landscape is dotted with the beauty of nature at every turn. In Eagle River, Wisconsin’s Northwoods literally comes alive — unmatched anywhere. Snowmobiling, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, pond hockey, skating, ice fishing on over 1,300 glacial lakes, rivers and impoundments – – and lots of lunkers, too! Relaxing in front of a warm fire, with rosy cheeks and hot chocolate. “The sounds of silence” ­for you and your loved ones and friends. Every winter’s day in Eagle River means celebrating “the holidays” – -and that includes your very own “private holiday.” It’s all right here in Eagle River. A warm, welcoming community, with all needed public and private services.

Accommodations, festivals, events and opportunities for every taste and age. We’ll be happy to help you plan your visit, and provide you with any information you need. Contact us at anytime: Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org

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