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Langlade County Forestry Department Again Offering Tags For Nordic Ski Enthusiasts

January 15, 2014

Antigo Daily Jouranl

Antigo Daily Journal

It’s ski season in Langlade County, and outdoor enthusiasts are invited to wear their support on their jackets.

For the third year, the Forestry Department is selling “I Ski Langlade County” zipper pulls for skiers to wear on their jackets or pullovers.

The pulls, which also include “Jack Lake 2013-14” are designed to give skiers at the county’s premier trail a pass on plugging the donation box after every outing.

They are available for $25 each at the forestry office located at the fairgrounds. Envelopes are also located at the Jack Lake trailhead. Send in a check and staff will mail the pull to the donor.

We know that skiers support the system,” Tammy Kubiaczyk, Langlade County recreation coordinator, said. “But a lot of times they aren’t carrying money when they ski, or they just forget to put a donation in the box. This is a one-stop, easy method of supporting a trail that everyone truly enjoys.”

Kubiaczyk added that the attractive pulls are also a great way for skiers to show their support of the system and of silent sports in general in Langlade County.

The trail is maintained by the forestry department, unlike the systems at Moccasin Lake and Gartzke Flowage. Those loops are operated by the Elcho Ski Club and the Antigo Bike and Ski Club, with a cadre of volunteers providing support. Those clubs encourage skiers to become members and also have donation boxes at the trailhead.

Jack Lake, located entirely on Langlade County property, offers 15 miles with eight loops for all skill levels. The trail is groomed and tracked for traditional and skate-skiing on an almost daily basis, depending on conditions. It winds its way through a changing scenery of northern hardwood and aspen forest types along with pine and spruce forests, bogs and other wetlands.

The loops range from the Green Thumb for beginners, which offers access to the other trail spurs, including the Highland, Lowland and Outside Passage. The Yukon Territory and Moose Pass are designed for more advanced skiers.

Due to logging near the trail, the Koepenick loop has been closed to date, awaiting more snow to smooth ruts caused by moving heavy equipment.