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How Are Area Winter Trails In Langlade County Right Now?

January 25, 2012

Winter may be a third of the way through on the calendar, but for some locations the season has not even started in regards to outdoor winter activities. The effects of the weather during the start of the season, which saw little snow and at times record high temperatures, continue to keep some counties from keeping trails open.

Things have changed over the past few weeks as more common weather has occurred for this area of the state. Langlade County Recreation Director Tammy Kubiaczyk provided an update on how the recent weather has been a positive for outdoor enthusiast when she appeared on the WATK-AM 900 Arby's Breakfast Club.

She said the snowfall on Monday, which averaged around four-inches in Antigo, will go a long way. "Yesterday was a good snow; snow that we wanted to get because it was wet and it was heavy and it's the kind of base that we need to keep the trail consistent so we can...so we can get riders out there."

As of now, Langlade County only has trails open in the portion known as section A, which is north and east of Antigo. Even then there are some restrictions as to what trails are open in this region. Kubiaczyk said that it will take a few days to see if the Monday snowfall will affect any other trails, but she is optimistic. "We're looking at trying to get part of that, where the restrictions are open before the weekend. We're waiting to see. We haven't quite assessed all the trails yet. Not too sure how the south half is going to look just yet and I guess we'll just have to wait and see."

Having good trails in the county will be important, but not necessary, this weekend as the various snowmobile clubs in Langlade County will hold their county trail ride this Saturday. Activities are planned in the Lily area, and Kubiaczyk said it is intended to be a thank you to those who choose to ride on their trails. "It's mostly, in a sense, the clubs giving back to the community. It's there appreciation for the sport, and they want to say thank you, thank you, you know, for giving the opportunity to provide the trails for them. You know these volunteers, they take great pride in getting out there, and they have fun doing it."

As for snowmobile trails across the listening area, no changes have taken place. They still remain closed in southern Lincoln and all of Marathon and Shawano counties, while they are open in Forest, northern Lincoln, northern Oconto and Oneida counties ranging in condition from poor to very good.

by Rusty Mehlberg

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