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Derby Hall of Fame showcasing the 49-year
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International Snowmobile Hall of Fame
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To EVENTS, Pg. 4
The North Woods is recognized
across the Midwest as a winter recre-
ation paradise, offering snowmobiling,
cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snow-
shoeing and more.
Besides the many outdoor activi-
ties, communities and organizations
plan events as an added attraction to
this winter wonderland. The events
range from sled-dog races and snow-
mobile derbies to ice fishing contests
and hockey games. Most of the activi-
ties include fun for the entire family,
plus plenty of food and refreshments.
The following list of activities was
compiled by the Vilas County Advertis-
ing Department. There also are several
Three Lakes and Sugar Camp events
included in the list. Those planning to
attend the events should call local
chambers of commerce or information
bureaus to confirm dates and times, as
dates may change without notice.
Some of the events are explained in
greater detail in other parts of Action
Nov. 25, Three Lakes — The
Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce
will host its annual Festival of Lights
at 6 p.m. at the gazebo at Cy Williams
Park. The event will feature carols, the
lighting of the town holiday lights and
a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Phone (715) 546-3344.
Nov. 25, Land O’ Lakes —Santa
and Mrs. Claus will come to downtown
Land O’ Lakes at 1 p.m. There will be
a tree lighting ceremony, singing of
Christmas carols, refreshments and
gifts for the children. There will be a
Christmas walk from 5 to 8 p.m. with
shops open, carriage rides and a bon-
fire. Phone (715) 547-3432.
Nov. 26, Eagle River — The
Downtown Business Association will
have its annual Christmas Kickoff
with a parade at 1 p.m. down Wall
Street. Youths can visit with Santa at
the Depot Museum. Phone (715) 479-
Dec. 2, Phelps — Santa will visit
downtown Phelps, listen to children’s
holiday wishes and light the town
Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. Phone
(715) 545-3800.
Dec. 3, St. Germain — Youngsters
are welcome to have Brunch with
Santa from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
Community Center. Children’s activi-
ties are planned. Phone (715) 542-
Dec. 10-11, Phelps — The Phelps
Snowmobile Club will have a snowmo-
bile benefit breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to
11 a.m. at Sunrise Lodge, with pro-
ceeds for trail maintenance and
grooming. Phone (877) 669-7077.
Dec. 11, Manitowish Waters —
Christmas for the Town will be from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community
center, with a visit from Santa, free
lunch, baked goods, refreshments and
children’s prize drawings. Phone (715)
Dec. 29, Boulder Junction —
The chamber will sponsor its fifth an-
nual Winter Celebration at Boulder
Junction Winter Park from 4 to 6:30
p.m. featuring a chili dump, bonfire,
music, ice skating, cross-country ski-
ing, fireworks and more. Phone (715)
Dec. 31, Woodruff —There will be
fireworks downtown starting at 7:30
p.m. to kick off the New Year. Phone
(715) 356-5266.
Jan. 7, St. Germain — St. Ger-
main Lodge & Resort will host the
12th annual Polar Bear Plunge, with
the plunge at noon. Proceeds benefit
Angel On My Shoulder. Call for pledge
sheets and registration forms. Phone
(715) 542-3433
Jan. 13-15, Eagle River — The
Vintage World Snowmobile Champi-
onship will be held at the AMSOIL
Derby Track with sleds from the
1960s, ’70s and ’80s featured. Racing
will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
each day. Phone (715) 479-4424.
Jan. 14, St. Germain —The
PrimeTimers’ Snowflake Dance with
live entertainment will be held at the
Community Center from 7 to 11 p.m.
Food and beverages will be served.
The public is welcome. Phone (715)
Jan. 14-15, St. Germain — World
Championship Kitty Cat races will be
held on Little St. Germain Lake, with
racing for ages 4-14. Headquarters
will be Black Bear Lodge. Phone (800)
Jan. 19-22, Eagle River — The
49th annual AMSOIL World Champi-
onship Snowmobile Derby will take
place at the Derby Track starting at 9
a.m. each day. The event will include
oval and Sno-Cross racing, with cham-
pionship races Sunday, Jan. 22. Phone
(715) 479-4424.
Jan. 20-21, Three Lakes — The
Tavern League will host a poker run
with cash prizes and raffle drawings.
There will be a social gathering at
Lindy’s Hide Away Saturday. Phone
(715) 546-3344.
Jan. 21, Conover — A snowmobile
trail lunch will be held from 11 a.m.
until 2 p.m. at Tippler’s Tavern. Pro-
ceeds benefit the Jim Scott Scholar-
ship Fund. Phone (715) 479-8968.
Jan. 27-29, Eagle River — The
26th annual Women on Snow will be a
snowmobiling weekend for women
only. Trail rides are planned through-
out the area, leaving from Eagle River
Inn. Phone (715) 891-1915.
Jan. 28, Conover —The Sno-Bud-
dies Snowmobile Club will have a chili
cook-off at Buckshots Saloon to sup-
port area snowmobile trails. Phone
(715) 479-8968.
Feb. 1-2, St. Germain — A trail
groomer show will be held at Vogel
Enterprises from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with
displays and demonstrations both
days. Food will be served by the Bo-
Boen Snowmobile Club. Phone (715)
Feb. 3-4, St. Germain — A snow-
mobile radar run will be held on West
Bay of Little St. Germain Lake, with
660- and 1,000-foot tracks. Friday is
for practice runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trophy runs are planned Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone (800)
Feb. 4, Phelps — The fifth annual
North Twin Cup radar run will be
held on North Twin Lake starting at 9
a.m. All levels are welcome. Phone
(715) 545-3800.
Feb. 4, St. Germain — The Plum
Lake EMTs Holes for Life fishing
tournament will be held at Fibber’s on
Big St. Germain Lake from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. Registration starts at 7 a.m.
Phone (715) 891-0572.
Feb. 4, Phelps — The Phelps
School Winter Carnival will feature
activities at the school from 5 to 8 p.m.
Phone (715) 545-2724.
Feb. 10-11, Minocqua — Cruiser-
fest will be held throughout downtown
and Lake Minocqua with food, music
and a snowmobile parade Friday
night followed by fireworks. Activities
continue Saturday. Phone (715) 439-
Feb. 10-11, Three Lakes — The
Tavern League will have a poker run
with cash prizes and raffle drawings.
There will be a social gathering at
Bonnie’s Lakeside. Phone (715) 546-
Feb. 10-12, Eagle River —The
seventh annual LaBatt Blue USAdult
Pond Hockey Championships will be
held on Dollar Lake starting at 9 a.m.
each day. There will be 250 teams in
15 divisions on 24 rinks on Dollar
Lake. Phone (800) 359-6315.
Feb. 11, Land O’ Lakes — The
Winter Festival flea market and
craft show will be held at the elemen-
tary school from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There also will be a bake sale and
Schedule of winter events
Communities offer events throughout the winter. The Polar Bear Plunge in St.
Germain Jan. 7 will benefit Angel On My Shoulder. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 4
food. Phone (715) 547-3432.
Feb. 11-12, Land O’ Lakes — The
Three Bear Winter Sled Dog Races
and Winter Games will be held both
days with world-class competitors.
There will be a Mushers Ball Satur-
day night. Phone (715) 547-3541.
Feb. 12, Conover — Lions Club
Winter Frolic, featuring sledding ac-
tivities for children, plus plenty of re-
freshments and prizes for the adults,
will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
the town park. Phone (715) 479-6673.
Feb. 17-18, Eagle River — The
fifth annual Pink Ribbon Riders Wis-
consin Snow Run will be headquar-
tered at the Derby Track, with pro-
ceeds benefiting breast cancer victims.
Phone (269) 744-5157.
Feb. 18, Three Lakes — Vintage
Oval Races will be held on Spirit Lake
with races starting between 10 and 11
a.m. Headquarters will be Bonnie’s
Lakeside. It’s part of the Northern
Vintage Snowmobile Race Series.
Phone (715) 891-3823.
Feb. 18, St. Germain — The 29th
annual Ride With the Champs will
start at Whitetail Inn at 7:30 a.m. The
celebrity snowmobile ride will benefit
the Snowmobile Hall of Fame and will
include a breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Snowmobile Hall of Fame induc-
tion banquet will be at 7 p.m. at
Whitetail Inn. Phone (715) 542-4463.
Feb. 18, Manitowish Waters —
The Winter Rendezvous at Rest Lake
Park from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. will
feature an ice fishing contest, food,
music, games, raffles and more. It’s
sponsored by the Manitowish Waters
Sno-Skeeters Snowmobile Club.
Phone (715) 543-2455.
Feb. 18, Boulder Junction —
The fourth annual Winter Fest will be
held at Boulder Lake 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
with fishing, ice golf and other winter
games. Proceeds benefit the Boulder
Junction Landing Improvement Fund.
Phone (715) 385-2400.
Feb. 25, Eagle River — The Great
Northern Sno-Cross series will have
races at the AMSOIL Derby Track
starting at 9 a.m. each day. Phone
(715) 479-4424.
Feb. 25, Three Lakes — The
Lions Club will sponsor its 59th annu-
al Ice Fishing Derby on Maple Lake
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be
prizes and food available. Phone (715)
March 3-4, Eagle River — Trig’s
Klondike Days will be held at North-
land Pines High School and Rocking
W Stables from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each
day. The event will feature a dog
weight pull, craft show, music and en-
tertainment, historical displays, a
trappers’ camp and Rendezvous, lum-
berjack contests, a Native American
cultural demonstration, a horse pull,
dog-sled rides and refreshments.
Phone (715) 891-2679.
March 10, Sugar Camp — The
Northern Vintage Snowmobile Race
series will be held at the Sugar Camp
Town Hall, hosted by the Sugar Camp
Snowmobile Club. Phone (715) 479-
March 11, Conover — The Lions
Club Kids Fisheree will be held on
Denton Lake off Highway 45 from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a special ice fishing
contest just for children, featuring
prizes and refreshments. Phone (715)
March 16-18, Eagle River —The
Ice Masters Classic 3-on-3 Hockey
Tournament will be held at the Sports
Arena with divisions for mites
through bantams, including a girls di-
vision. Games start at 4 p.m. Friday
and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Phone (715) 617-9146.
March 17, Three Lakes — A
Northern Vintage Snowmobile 30-
mile Endurance Race will be held on
Spirit Lake starting at 11 a.m. Head-
quarters will be Bonnie’s Lakeside.
Proceeds will benefit Three Lakes
Trails. Phone (715) 891-3823.
March 17, St. Germain — Black
Bear Lodge will host its fourth annual
Ice Golf Tournament on Little St. Ger-
main Lake from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to
benefit the Vilas Food Pantry. Phone
(800) 563-4340.
April 14-15, Eagle River — The
Silver Blades Ice Show will perform at
the Sports Arena. Youths, advanced
and professional skaters perform in
costumes on the ice. Show times are 2
and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sun-
day. Phone (715) 4891-5532.
For more information on these or
other events, contact the following
chambers of commerce.
Eagle River
(715) 479-6400
Three Lakes
(715) 546-3344
Boulder Junction
(715) 385-2400
(715) 479-4928
Lac du Flambeau
(715) 588-3346
Land O’ Lakes
(715) 547-3432
Manitowish Waters
(715) 543-8488
(715) 545-3800
Presque Isle
(715) 686-2910
St. Germain
(715) 477-2205
Sayner-Star Lake
(715) 542-3789
(715) 686-2598
Minocqua-Arbor Vitae-Woodruff
(715) 356-5266
Index of Advertisers
Builders Pg.
CornerStone Custom Builders Inc. ............. 35
Waldmann Construction ............................. 30
Chambers of Commerce
Conover Chamber of Commerce ............... 14
Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce
& Welcome Center ................................. 20
Cross-Country Skiing/Equipment
Afterglow Lake Resort .................................. 8
George Young Recreational Complex ......... 17
Lotto’s Log Cabin ........................................ 23
Sylvania Outfitters ...................................... 27
Financial Institutions
First National Bank ............................ 10 & 30
Peoples State Bank .................................... 30
Gas/Grocery/Liquor Pg.
Wild Eagle Corner Store 26
Home Improvement
Kwaterski Bros. Wood Products Inc. ........... 28
Lampert Lumber ......................................... 34
Afterglow Lake Resort .................................. 8
Bent’s Camp Lodge Restaurant* ................ 14
Best Western Derby Inn ............................. 28
Black Bear Lodge* ...................................... 34
Chanticleer Inn* ............................................ 2
Gateway Lodge* ......................................... 14
Gogebic Lodge* .......................................... 24
Lac Vieux Desert Resort & Casino* ........... 30
Menominee Casino Resort* ....................... 20
Thunder Bay Resort ................................... 30
Miscellaneous Pg.
Snowmobile Map ............................... 18 & 19
World Snowmobile Headquarters ................. 2
Recreational Facilities
George Young Recreational Complex ......... 17
Ski Brule ..................................................... 20
Sylvania Outfitters ...................................... 27
Alexander’s Pizza ................................. 5 & 32
Friendship House ....................................... 32
Golden Pines ................................................ 2
Weber’s Wildlife-Bar & Petting Farm ........... 15
White Stag Inn ............................................ 23
Snowmobile Sales, Service, Rentals
Arctic Cat .................................................... 22
Erv’s Sales & Service ................................. 34
Headwaters Polaris .................................... 34
Paul’s Rent-All/Snowmobile Rental ............ 32
St. Germain Sport Marine .......................... 14
Shoeder’s RV & Marine .............................. 24
Ski-Doo ...................................................... 16
Track Side ................................................... 14
Special Events
St. Germain Radar Run .............................. 26
World Championship Snowmobile Derby ... 36
Glik’s ........................................................... 28
Health Care Pharmacies ............................ 34
Nelson’s Ace Hardware ................................ 6
WalkAbout Paddle & Apparel ....................... 8 *Dining facilities
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 5
Family Pizza Parlor
On the
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Fresh Triple-Raised Dough • 90% Lean Sausage
Custom Blended Tomato Sauce • 100% Mozzarella
Whether you come by car or snow-
mobile, the George Young Recreation-
al Complex is a unique escape into
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Located southeast of Iron River
just off Michigan Route 424, the com-
plex is located on 3,300 scenic acres
that border three lakes, including
Chicagon Lake.
Open Thursdays through Sundays
during the winter months, the facility
offers 6 kilometers of groomed cross-
country ski trails for classical skiing
and freestyle skating. The trails are
open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Manager Brian Hamacher said
there is no charge for skiers with
their own equipment, and reasonably
priced rentals are available in the
Pro Shop at $10 for adults and $5 for
children. All skiers must register at
the clubhouse.
Skiers, snowmobilers and other
recreationists can find fitness and re-
laxation in the 60-foot, L-shaped
heated indoor swimming pool.
There’s also a Jacuzzi, sauna, show-
ers and locker rooms.
Daily fees for the swimming pool
and related facilities are $6 for adults
and $4 for children 12 years and
younger. Three-month, six-month and
yearly passes also are available.
Hours for the complex are 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Lunch is served in the dining room
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“When you are done swimming,
you can enjoy your favorite beverage
at our well-stocked bar, where snacks
are also served,” said Hamacher.
The bar menu includes pizza,
bratwurst, hot dogs, hot wings, pret-
zels, chips and salsa and nachos.
Hamacher said well-groomed
trails will lead snowmobilers to the
facility, which is located just 40 miles
from Eagle River and 60 miles from
Visitors to George Young will want
to return in summer to golf the
championship 18-hole golf course.
Catering to golfers of all abilities, the
professional course is 7,030 yards —
the largest in the Upper Peninsula.
The championship course is 6,076
yards, while the standard course is
5,338 yards. Each option plays a par
of 72.
Also available are mountain bike
trails (daily trail fee of $5) and Wolf
Track Nature Trail, a unique, self-
guided interpretive nature walk
winding one and one-half miles
through scenic woods.
The rustic timber and stone club-
house also will host wedding events
year round, according to Hamacher.
For more information, call (906)
Ski, swim, relax at George Young
After a day on the cross-country ski trails at George Young Recreational Com-
plex, many visitors head to the heated swimming pool. --Contributed Photo
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 6
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Open 7 days a week to serve you
606 E. Wall, Eagle River
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Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 7
With more than 1,000 miles of
trails winding through the forests of
Vilas and Oneida counties, there’s
much work to be done each season to
ensure that snowmobilers have safe
and smooth trails to ride.
Vilas has 479 miles of state-funded
trails and Oneida has 391 for a total of
870. Adding unfunded club trails, the
total goes well above 1,000 miles.
The same groups that do all the
work — the local snowmobile clubs
and grooming organizations — also
coordinate fundraising activities, so-
cial events for club members and safe-
ty courses for young riders.
The work actually begins during
the summer months, when volunteers
from the clubs hold membership
drives and secure easements with
property owners for trails that cross
private lands.
In fall, the amount of physical work
increases as crews begin to clear
brush, repair bridges that cross
creeks, smooth out the rough spots in
the trails, remove any trees that have
fallen and install all the necessary
signs. In early December, the trails
are inspected for safety by both the
clubs and county trail officials.
Once a couple of early snowstorms
arrive and after numerous below-
freezing nights, the grooming begins
on a regular basis.
Most of the groups have more than
$100,000 tied up in trail-grooming
equipment. Other expenses include
fuel, insurance and maintenance of
that equipment.
Some groups pay their groomer
drivers, while others have only volun-
teers doing the work. Clubs are reim-
bursed by the state at a rate of $250
per mile for funded trails with the
possibility of supplemental funds
based on several variables.
Vilas and Oneida counties have
many snowmobile clubs that keep the
trails in order. The following is a brief
description of each organization and a
contact person.
Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club
Eagle River
The Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club
is headquartered in Eagle River. The
former social organization also took
over the trail-grooming duties of
Headwaters Trails three years ago
and groom approximately 60 miles of
funded trails.
Every year, the Sno-Eagles also
hold several fundraising efforts to en-
sure the trails can remain in top con-
dition each winter.
The organization plans several
events throughout the winter that the
whole family is sure to enjoy.
For more information, contact club
President Ken Storms at (715) 479-
5599 or trail boss Tom Tomlanovich at
479-4708 or visit
Three Lakes Trails Inc.
Three Lakes
The Three Lakes Trails organiza-
tion grooms about 190 miles of trails
which now includes the Brule River
area, giving them one of the largest
grooming areas in the state. Almost
one-half of those miles are funded by
the state.
Most of the funds this group uses
come mainly from the organization’s
social side called the Northern Lights
Snowmobile Club, which holds
fundraising activities throughout the
year. Traditionally, the Tavern League
also provides financial help.
For more information, contact Pres-
ident Joe Terlizzi at (715) 546-3926.
Northern Lights
Snowmobile Club
Three Lakes
The Northern Lights Snowmobile
Club in Three Lakes is a social organi-
zation, with more than 125 member-
ships, that helps raise money for
Three Lakes Trails, and volunteers
from the club help with some of the
trail-brushing duties and grooming
For more information, contact Jim
Nykolayko at (715) 546-8372.
Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club
St. Germain
The Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club in
St. Germain is one of the largest
snowmobile clubs in the state. Their
equipment includes a Tucker Sno-Cat,
New Holland tractors and Arrowhead
and Snoboss Drags, manufactured in
St. Germain.
The Bo-Boens are responsible for
almost 100 miles of trails in the St.
Germain area, including more than 40
miles of state-funded trails in Vilas
For more information, contact Pres-
ident Rich Polaski at (715) 479-4718
or trail boss Jim Wendt at (715) 891-
1610 or visit
Frosty Snowmobile Club
Land O’ Lakes
The Frosty Snowmobile Club in
Land O’ Lakes has about 32 miles of
state-funded trails. Their trails con-
nect with hundreds of miles of trails
in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan so
riders can travel between Wisconsin
and Michigan on their winter riding
The group traditionally holds a raf-
fle each year to raise funds to com-
plete their grooming activities and
maintain their equipment.
For more information about trail
conditions and upcoming fundraising
events, contact President Kevin Kon-
now at (715) 547-3515 or trail boss
Dan Balog at (715) 547-6034.
Phelps Snowmobile Club
The Phelps Snowmobile Club has
about 40 miles of trails that are all
state funded.
Many of the trails are in the scenic
Chequamegon-Nicolet National For-
For more information, contact club
President Dick Schultz at (715) 545-
3910 or trail boss Steve Doyen at
(715) 891-4601.
Sno-Buddies Snowmobile Club
The Sno-Buddies Snowmobile Club
of Conover grooms approximately 45
miles of state-funded trails.
The club raises money for equip-
ment, signing and grooming expenses
through several fundraisers that usu-
ally begin during January, the heart of
snowmobile season in the North
For more information, contact club
President Bob Payseur at (715) 479-
8968 or trail boss James Pusich at
(715) 479-5311.
Barnstormers Snowmobile Club
The Barnstormers Snowmobile
Club in Sayner has about 62 miles of
trails that are state funded. The Barn-
stormers groom their trails on a regu-
lar basis to ensure a smooth ride for
all who use them.
For more information, contact club
President Jim Krieck at (715) 542-
3885 or trail boss Dennis Horan at
(715) 542-2952.
Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club
Sugar Camp
The Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club
grooms about 80 miles of trails each
year, 30 of which are state funded. The
remaining miles are completely club
funded through its fundraising ef-
For additional information about
the trails or upcoming events, contact
Jack Kalies at (715) 272-1314.
Cross Country Cruisers
Snowmobile Club
Arbor Vitae-Woodruff-Minocqua
The Cross Country Cruisers Snow-
mobile Club of Arbor Vitae, Woodruff
and Minocqua was established in
1969 and began with no trails.
Today, the club has 100 miles of
trails and the club is operated by all
volunteers including the grooming op-
The club holds various fundraisers,
the largest of which is Cruiserfest,
held in February of each year.
For more information visit snow- or contact club Presi-
dent Tom Bird at (715) 439-0222.
Snowmobile clubs get the credit
for huge, groomed trail network
The North Woods has hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails that
wind through forestland between communities. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 8
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Snowshoes and Leki Poles
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
622 E. Wall St., Eagle River, Wis.
Right next to Nelson’s Ace Hardware
We’ve Got Your Winter Gear!
We’ve Got Your Winter Gear!
(715) 479-6631
We also feature:
• Camping Gear
• Yakima Racks
• Smartwool
• Wolfsong Parkas
• Patagonia
• Stormy Kromer
• Canoes & Kayaks
• Mountain Hardwear
(715) 545-2560 P.O. BOX 96, 5050 SUGAR MAPLE RD., PHELPS, WIS.
Lake Resort
Silent Sports
Lake Resort
each person
for skiing,
party of
4 or more
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The “Indianapolis 500 of snowmo-
bile racing” will return to Eagle River
Jan. 19-22, as the 49th annual AM-
SOIL World Championship Snowmo-
bile Derby draws the best ice oval
racers from the United States and
It’s the oldest and grandest event
in snowmobile racing, a show that in-
cludes world-class oval racing, high-
flying Sno-Cross battles and the first
and best under-the-lights show —
Friday Night Thunder.
Tens of thousands of race fans and
snowmobiling enthusiasts will con-
verge on Eagle River’s historic track,
a high-banked ice oval surrounded by
snow-covered grounds, corporate
suites and indoor “hot seats” for those
who favor comfortable viewing.
The oval racers will be competing
on more than 15 inches of pure ice, a
track created from more than 2 mil-
lion gallons of water spread on subze-
ro nights by a 4,000-gallon water
truck. The oval interior, thanks to
state-of-the-art snowmaking equip-
ment, is transformed into a Sno-
Cross course filled with jumps,
moguls, hairpin turns and one mon-
ster platform near the start/finish
line — for the ultimate in big air.
The oval racers in the World
Championship faced a new challenge
in 2011, a 30-lap final with a manda-
tory pit stop after 15 laps. To make
the stop more rewarding, there was a
$2,500 payout to the Jimmy John’s
mid-race winner.
“This new format brought more in-
side race action to the spectators who
could watch what normally only hap-
pens in the pits, as race crews tended
to the sleds and drivers stretched
muscles,” said AMSOIL Derby Track
general manager Todd Achterberg.
The mid-race champ was Gary
Moyle of Houghton, Mich., on a Ski-
Doo, who led the whole way. In sec-
ond was a persistent P.J. Wander-
scheid of Sauk Centre, Minn., on a
Arctic Cat.
In the second 15-long, hard laps,
Moyle and Wanderscheid exchanged
leads almost every lap, with Wander-
scheid keeping it low and tight, and
Moyle taking the high line.
“Gary’s line proved fastest, but
without any help in his groove, the
snow got too deep for him to main-
tain his pace and P.J.’s line proved
just a hair faster, allowing P.J. to grab
a record-setting fourth champi-
onship,” said Achterberg.
The 2012 AMSOIL Derby promises
to be another battle of the greats, as
the field will include four-time win-
ner Wanderscheid, two-time champi-
on Moyle and three-time winner
Jacques Villeneuve of St. Cuthbert,
Quebec, who finished third last year
at age 57 after coming from a second-
row start.
“The Top 10 field is so incredibly
competitive and even that it is impos-
sible to predict who might emerge as
the new world champion,” said
Achterberg. “It could be any of the
racers who made it to the final last
year, and we saw several new, young
Sno-Cross series
Besides oval racing, the AMSOIL
Derby has been offering high-flying
Sno-Cross events since the early
1980s on a specially constructed
track inside the oval.
Returning for a fourth year is the
Great Northern Sno-Cross Series,
which will feature eight race events
including Derby Weekend. Racers will
open at Ironwood, Mich., Dec. 9, and
also will compete at Wisconsin Dells,
Jefferson, Plymouth and Weyauwega
on ensuing weekends, and the series
wraps up with a two-day event in
Eagle River Feb. 25-26. The finale
will be held in Eagle River March 3,
with the series banquet to follow.
Achterberg said Sno-Cross is such
a popular event with fans that it was
time to build a professionally run re-
gional circuit where up-and-coming
racers will have a place to hone their
skills and showcase their talents.
He said one of the focal points of
the series is on entry-level racers
with classes structured to attract new
participation — along with support
for the racers already involved.
Vintage starts first
Achterberg said the 2012 event
will actually be a 10-day show that
opens Jan. 13-15 with the Vintage
World Championships, presented by
“Vintage racing is fast closing in
on its contemporary counterparts and
matching the entry numbers of cur-
rent Sno-Cross and ice oval competi-
tors,” said Achterberg. “Vintage en-
tries and fan popularity have grown
so large that vintage racing claimed
its own three-day event the weekend
before the Derby.”
He said vintage race fans get to
relive a bygone era by watching races
that pit sleds from six, seven and
even eight different manufacturers.
“The vintage machines today are
World-class Oval, Sno-Cross racing
to mark 49th Snowmobile Derby
Wanderscheid to try
for fifth world title
Hard-charging, high-flying Sno-Cross racers will return to
the AMSOIL Derby Track in January of 2012 for the 49th
running of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile
Derby in Eagle River. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
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Klondike Days, billed as one of the
state’s most multifaceted winter
events, has been moved to the first
weekend in March.
The 2012 event will be held March
3-4 at Northland Pines High School
and Rocking W Stables on Eagle
River’s north side.
The board of directors for Klondike
Days, which consists of numerous area
businesspeople, originally started the
event to boost tourism during the win-
ter months.
“With this in mind and, knowing
that Klondike Days’ original creation
was to promote tourism, the decision
to move the event to March was an
easy one,” said Klondike Days execu-
tive director Christine Schilling.
The annual event is a two-day
panoply of outdoor and indoor winter
activities, exciting competitions and
turn-of-the-century exhibits.
All of the Klondike Days activities
will be headquartered on the grounds
of Northland Pines High School and
Rocking W Stables on Pleasure Island
Road just off Highway 45 North. Most
of the events will last from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. both days.
Highlights of the festival will be
River Country Red’s Rendezvous and
Living History Encampment, the
North Woods Championship Dog
Weight Pull, the one- and two-horse
Log Pull Classic, a lumberjack compe-
tition, a chain-saw carving contest, the
Native American cultural exposition,
a huge winter craft show and a snow-
shoe challenge.
The entire event is an effort to bring
families to the North Woods as winter
winds down, according to Schilling.
Last year’s Klondike Days attracted
more than 10,000 people.
The festival is billed as Trig’s
Klondike Days due to the sponsorship
of Trig’s stores in Eagle River,
Rhinelander, Minocqua, Stevens Point
and Wausau.
Admission to Klondike Days, which
includes free parking and entrance to
all venues, is $15 for adults, $6 for
children ages 6 to 16 and is free for
those younger than 6.
“That also includes free bus and
hayride shuttles, horse-drawn sleigh
rides through the woods, dogsled rides
on the junior mushers’ oval, a chance
to try snowshoes and lots of entertain-
ment,” said Schilling.
A free Bluegrass Festival will be
held Saturday night at the north food
tent from 5 to 10 p.m.
The following is a rundown of
Klondike Days activities:
Rendezvous camp
River Country Red’s Rendezvous
and Living History Encampment will
amaze, entertain and educate the fes-
tivalgoers. Nestled in the woods on the
festival grounds is a re-enactment
camp specially constructed to trans-
plant visitors back in time to learn
about the fur trade era and buckskin-
“It is a must-see for all who attend
Klondike Days,” said Schilling.
Native American shows
The Native American cultural expo-
sition will be held Saturday in the
Northland Pines High School auditori-
Nick Hockings’ Waswagoning
Dance Theatre will perform Saturday.
The exposition will feature traditional
dances and storytelling.
A Native American powwow featur-
ing Blue Winds Dancing is planned for
the high school auditorium Sunday.
Other activities in the high school
field house will include the Teaching
Drum exhibit, a mineralogical display,
the Klondike Kids coloring contest, a
trappers exhibit, the Northwoods
Wildlife Center raptor education
group and gold-panning exhibit.
Winter horse pull
The one-horse and two-horse
weight-pulling competition will be
held at Rocking W Stables. The Great
Northern Log Pull Classic is the only
winter pull in Wisconsin and starts
the season for sanctioned pulls in the
The one-horse pull will be Saturday,
followed by the two-horse pull Sunday.
The draft horses must pull loads of
logs 27.5 feet. Some teams have pulled
as much as 9,000 pounds of logs.
Dog weight pull
Professional and novice dogs will
compete in a weight pull both days
just behind the high school.
Dogs must pull a sled, with loads of
as much as 4,000 pounds, a total of 16
Lumberjack contests
Teams and individual lumberjacks
will go head-to-head in a Hayward-
style lumberjack competition at Rock-
ing W Stables. It’s the Midwest’s third-
largest lumberjack competition and
the only competition in the winter.
Professional male and female lum-
berjacks will vie for cash and prizes.
Events will range from the standing
chop block and ax throwing to Jack-
and-Jill sawing and the springboard
There also will be a cut, split and
stack contest Saturday sponsored by
Jonsered chain saws.
Snowshoe challenge
The Klondike Snowshoe Challenge
will take place in the woods behind
Rocking W Stables and the high
school, with a 1-, 2.5- and 5-mile chal-
lenge competition taking place Sun-
day with prizes for the top finishers.
Chain-saw carving
The chain-saw carving competition
will be held on the grounds of the high
school, with as many as 10 carvers
competing head-to-head both days.
A team of judges will present cash
awards sponsored by First National
Winter craft show
The high school field house will be
the home of the expanded Klondike
Kraft Show, with hundreds of crafters
and artisans displaying their work.
Klondike Days organizers hope to
triple the size of the craft show due to
the large amount of space in the field
In addition, all the educational pro-
gramming will be available in the
high school field house.
Food galore
Food will be available in Northland
Pines High School and on the festival
grounds at Rocking W Stables. The va-
riety will range from brats and buffalo
burgers to chili and wild-rice soup.
There also will be popular kettle
corn at River Country Red’s Ren-
dezvous. A tent will be set up outside
for additional food sales.
Schilling reminded festivalgoers
that the school building and school
grounds are alcohol- and tobacco-free.
For more information about
Klondike Days or its events, contact
Schilling at (715) 891-2679, e-mail or visit
Klondike Days set March 3-4
Multifaceted winter event planned for whole family
Turn-of-the-century exhibits and competitions will be featured at Klondike Days
in Eagle River March 3-4, 2012. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTOS
Native American dancers will perform
at Klondike Days.
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 12
meticulously restored, engines are
tuned and reliable,” said Achterberg.
“The competition is highly reminis-
cent of the good old days.”
The big show
But the event that put Eagle River
and even Wisconsin on the interna-
tional map starts Thursday, Jan. 19,
with all-day practice sessions for both
Oval and Sno-Cross racers. Time tri-
als for the Oval world championship
class will be run under the lights
Thursday night.
After a full day of qualification rac-
ing Friday in both Oval and Sno-
Cross, fans will pack the AMSOIL
Derby Track grounds Friday night for
the most progressive and most popu-
lar event — the Parts Unlimited Fri-
day Night Thunder show.
In what Achterberg calls “undis-
putedly” the best show in snowmobile
racing, the under-the-lights show fea-
tures races in Sno-Cross and Oval
classes. Past events have rocked the
city with blasting rock ’n’ roll music
and an enormous fireworks display.
Returning, by popular demand, is
the Sweet Sixteen event where the
top world championship qualifiers go
head-to-head under the lights to de-
termine who will sit the pole in Sun-
day’s championship race.
“We’re going to take the top 16
qualifiers, run two heat races with
eight machines in each, and pull five
racers from each heat for the final,”
said Achterberg. “The winner is auto-
matically qualified in the Top 10 and
will sit the pole position. The winner
won’t have to gruel it out in qualifica-
tions Saturday afternoon.”
Achterberg said the under-the-
lights show is “one of the innovative
events that has made the Derby the
Indy 500 of snowmobile racing.”
A new attraction to Derby Weekend
will be the Outlaw 600 class, according
to Achterberg.
“The Outlaw 600 sleds must have a
single 121- by 15-inch rubber track
and three skis. The sled must have a
full roll cage located to the left of the
tunnel and a 600cc engine reverse
mounted with clutches to the right-
hand side of the machine,” explained
Achterberg. “The engine must be lo-
cated in front of the tunnel/track.”
Achterberg said the Eagle River
event will be part of a nine-event se-
ries at tracks in Wisconsin, Minneso-
ta, Iowa and Manitoba, Canada. He
said the Outlaw 600 sleds will be on
the AMSOIL Derby Track throughout
the weekend, including Friday night
and Sunday.
For the sixth year, AMSOIL has
emerged as the sponsor of both the
famed Derby Track and the World
Championship itself.
“AMSOIL has long been active in
race venues, from auto to motorcycle
races, and this alliance is a potent in-
dicator of the importance of snowmo-
bile racing, and the 49-year-old
Derby, in the promotion market-
place,” he said.
Saturday will bring class finals
and qualifying in the morning, with
the fternoon dedicated to qualifying
the Top 10 finalists for Sunday’s 3
p.m. World Championship.
Sunday, championship day, means
finals in the most competitive classes.
The biggest races will be a Pro Open
Sno-Cross championship at 2:30 p.m.
and the Oval championship at 3 p.m.
“The title race with Champ 440
sleds is, by all measures, the single-
most important snowmobile race of
the year,” said Achterberg.
Besides drawing the world’s best
oval racers for a cash and prize purse
that exceeds $100,000, Achterberg
said the Derby attracts professional
and amateur Sno-Cross racers for the
high-flying, sharp-cornering thrills of
what some call “motocross on sleds.”
Hot seats, exhibits
The viewing stand accommodates
VIPs, manufacturers and race fans. It
is in addition to the 17 indoor suites
that have been built since 1993.
The ice oval at Eagle River is the
first racetrack ever to be constructed
exclusively for snowmobile racing. Its
design — an egg-shaped oval a half-
mile in length on the outside wall,
with banked corners — remains the
most demanding configuration on the
racing circuit.
Trackside motor-home parking is
one of the most comfortable ways to
watch races at the track. There are
35 parking spots positioned between
corners three and four. Electricity
and closed-circuit television are in-
Achterberg said in addition to the
all-new sound system that was put
online three years ago, the Jum-
boTron will return for a third year so
that fans can see the action close-up
from any seat in the house.
“We want every race fan to know
what’s happening and to hear the
race details, interviews and thunder-
ing music,” said Achterberg.
New construction at the AMSOIL
Derby grounds in recent years has
produced thousands of indoor hot
seats for race fans, an enormous ex-
hibit building. Achterberg said nu-
merous vendors and displayers will
present their products inside the
Derby Expo Hall.
Hot seats are priced at $225 for all
four days (Jan. 19-22) or can be ob-
tained separately on a daily basis.
The hot seats include a Superticket
that is good for all four days.
Ticket prices are $15 daily for the
Vintage Weekend or $35 for all three
days. For Derby Weekend, tickets are
$15 for Thursday, $30 for Friday (day
and evening), $25 for Saturday and
$30 for Sunday. A four-day Derby
pass costs $65. Admission for children
10 and younger is free.
Achterberg said the Derby is desig-
nating Saturday as Family Day, when
two adults and up to three children
get in for $65. Tickets can be pur-
chased at the Derby office.
Race fans also can get information
on advance ticket sales and motor-
home parking by calling (715) 479-
4424 or going to
This was the scene in 2011, as the best oval racers in snow-
mobiling left the starting line during the 48th running of the
AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle
The popular Vintage World Championships will be held on the AMSOIL Derby
Track the weekend prior to the World Championship event.
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 13
The North Woods abounds with
hundreds of miles of uncrowded,
scenic Nordic trails tailored for begin-
ner, intermediate and advanced
Most trails in this area are groomed
several times a week and heavy snow-
fall most winters in northern Wiscon-
sin and the Upper Peninsula of Michi-
gan make conditions ideal for skiing.
The great majority of trails here are
on public land, while others are pri-
vately owned and operated with nom-
inal donations requested.
Most of the trails are groomed and
marked for all ability levels. Many are
groomed for both the traditional and
skating style of cross-country skiers.
Those more adventurous can blaze
their own trails through vast forests of
towering pines, hardwoods and aspen.
There are literally hundreds of miles
of old logging roads awaiting trail-
The spectacular scenery offers an
added bonus to photographers, who
will find unlimited opportunities for
potentially prizewinning shots while
skiing. There’s also plenty of wildlife,
from deer and coyotes to rabbits and
Novices will find expert instruction
and rental equipment available at
many locations. County, state and fed-
eral tourism officials, along with many
private organizations, have compiled a
list of scenic Nordic ski trails in the
North Woods.
A booklet featuring trails in Vilas
County is available from the Vilas
County Advertising Department at
the courthouse in Eagle River. The
booklet is available by writing to Vilas
County Tourism & Publicity, 330
Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521; call
(715) 479-3649 or 1-(800) 236-3649 or
Nicolet trails
Chequamegon-Nicolet National
Forest operates the Anvil Trail eight
miles east of Eagle River off Highway
70. There are 12 miles of marked and
groomed trails. The trail has gentle
slopes and is wooded. Shelter, toilets
and plowed parking are available.
Nicolet North Trails, east of Eagle
River off Highway 70 on Forest Road
2460, have about 15 miles of marked,
groomed and tracked trails. The trails
are double-tracked, with some suit-
able for beginners.
The Anvil Trail and the Nicolet
North Trails are connected by a short
2-kilometer trail for those wanting a
longer tour. A parking fee is required
at both trails.
State trails
The Northern Highland-American
Legion State Forest has nine trails in
the area. The Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) grooms and tracks
the Escanaba, Madeline Lake and
Raven trails. Skiers must buy a DNR
park entry sticker in order to park and
use the groomed areas. The sticker is
used to offset grooming costs.
The Raven Trail, with four loops
ranging from 1.5 to 5 miles, is located
off Highway 47 East on Woodruff
Road. It has both novice and expert
trails. The Madeline Trail, with loops
ranging from 3 to 5.5 miles, is located
south of Woodruff off Highway J on
Rudolph Road. It’s excellent for all
classes of skiers. The Escanaba Trail,
with four loops ranging from 2 to 8.5
miles, is located seven miles south of
Boulder Junction, then east of Nebish
Road three and one-half miles to the
trailhead. Several steep hills are for
experienced skiers only.
Other state trails (no fee) have
plowed parking and are marked for
hiking and skiing, but not groomed for
cross-country skiing.
County trails
The Vilas County Forest has one
marked trail in central Vilas County,
though there are many miles of log-
ging roads on county forestland open
for bushwhack skiing.
The Langley Lake trail, located
seven miles west of Conover on High-
way K, has 5.3 miles of groomed trail
as conditions warrant. It has a gentle,
rolling terrain and plowed parking is
offered at the site.
Other county trail systems with un-
groomed trails include Decker Lake
west of Conover on Highway K, Heart
Lake northwest of Conover on High-
way S, Mud Minnow Lake west of
Eagle River on Highway G, Muskrat
Creek east of Conover on Highway K,
Pioneer Creek east of Conover on
Highway K, Snipe Lake/Ewald Lake
west of Eagle River off Highway 70,
Torch Lake north of Eagle River off
Highway 45 and White Squaw Lake
off Highway S northwest of Conover.
A map of the county trails, includ-
ing the groomed Langley Lake trail, is
available at the Vilas County Forestry
Department, just north of Eagle River
on Highway 45.
Local trails
The Land O’ Lakes Cross Country
Ski Trail is groomed and maintained
by the Land O’ Lakes Fish and Game
Club in cooperation with the national
Forest Service. The trail connects with
ungroomed Sylvania Wilderness Area
trails. The Land O’ Lakes trails is 7.5
miles long. It’s located on East Duck
Lake Road off of Highway B.
The Three Eagle Trail offers cross-
country skiing from the parking lot on
Sundstein Road south of Eagle River
to a gate along Highway 45 just south
of Clearwater Lake, totaling about 5
The Nordmarka Cross-Country Ski
Club grooms the trail, as well as the 6
kilometers of Nordmarka trails at the
Eagle River Golf Course on McKinley
Blvd. in the city of Eagle River.
Afterglow Lake Resort near Phelps
grooms about 18 kilometers of cross-
country ski trails and the adjacent
Phelps Ski Trail in cooperation with
the USDA Forest Service on the resort
property and national forest land. The
system is located on Sugar Maple
Road off County Highway E.
Razorback Ridges, west of Sayner
on County Highway N, offers about 12
miles of scenic trails for beginner to
expert skiers. There are loops for both
traditional and skating skiers. It’s
maintained by the Sayner/Star Lake
Lions Club.
Sylvania Outfitters Cross-Country
Ski Center offers more than 20 miles
of groomed trails on three different
loops in the Ottawa National Forest.
The trails connect with the 32 kilome-
ters of ungroomed ski trails in the Syl-
vania Wilderness Area. For more in-
formation, call Sylvania Outfitters at
(906) 358-4766.
From novice to expert
North’s public cross-country ski trails
geared for all levels of Nordic skiers
The North Woods offers hundreds of miles of scenic and groomed cross-coun-
try ski trails on public land. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
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Feb. 4 FD/Rescue/EMS 3rd Annual Ice Fishing Classic, Pioneer Lake
Feb. 12 Lions Club Winter Frolic, Town Park, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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After staging highly successful
tournaments the past six years, USA
Hockey will return to Eagle River to
host its seventh annual LaBatt
Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey
The four-on-four pond hockey event
is set for Feb. 10-12, 2012, on Dollar
Lake just east of Eagle River.
“We look forward to seeing familiar
faces and many new teams for the ex-
perience of a lifetime,” said Ashley
Bevan, senior director of adult hockey
for USA Hockey. “This year’s event is
shaping up to be yet another tremen-
dous success. Our continued growth is
a sign both of the success of this event
and the hard work of our staff, spon-
sors and local volunteers.”
Last year, 250 teams competed in
the three-day event on 24 rinks on the
lake’s ice, bringing more than 1,750
players to Eagle River.
The event was named the recipient
of SportTravel Magazine’s 2009 Sport-
sTravel Award for the best amateur
single-sport event.
Last year, NBC Sports was on hand
to capture the action and aired its
footage during NBC’s Hockey Day in
America Feb. 20, 2011.
“The exposure from last year’s NBC
Sports Pond Hockey Special greatly
increased the level of excitement for
the 2012 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey
Pond Hockey National Champi-
onships,” said Bevan. “We look forward
to celebrating the thrill of hockey in its
purest form in the frozen tundra of
northern Wisconsin.”
Bevan said the pond hockey event is
a special experience for the players.
“This event is about the teams, the
experience and the camaraderie while
enjoying hockey the way it used to be,”
said Bevan.
The event, which will be staged out-
doors on Dollar Lake, will feature
teams of adults 21 years or older di-
vided into 16 no-check divisions for
men and women, including a new 60
and older division. The tournament
will be structured using a round-robin
format and each team will be guaran-
teed three games.
“We keep coming back because it’s
an awesome event,” said Bevan. “The
adult hockey players are telling us,
USA Hockey, that they want to be
back in Eagle River. They’ve enjoyed
this community and pond hockey is a
great event.”
Bevan said the event is coordinated
with the help of the Eagle River Recre-
ation Association (ERRA) and the
Eagle River Area Fire Department.
“With the volunteerism here in
Eagle River, it’s been great for us,” he
Pat Weber, fire chief and ERRA vol-
unteer, said the number of rinks were
expanded to 24 for the 2011 event to
accommodate all the teams.
“We try to keep most of the snow off
the lake so we can build more ice for
the 75- by 150-foot rinks,” he said.
The ERRA gets involved by supply-
ing referees and scorekeepers for all
the games.
“With 24 rinks going, we need refer-
ees and scorekeepers at all rinks dur-
ing shifts throughout the weekend,”
said Weber. “In the past, the ERRA
has received a nice donation in re-
Jake Alward, owner of Chanticleer
Inn, host resort for the event, said it’s
exciting to have USA Hockey, a na-
tional organization, coming back to
Eagle River for the seventh annual
“The number of participants has in-
creased each year, with 40 teams com-
peting in the inaugural event in 2006,
80 teams participating in 2007, 142
teams in 2008, 196 teams from 24
states in 2009, 224 teams in 2010 and
250 teams last year,” said Alward.
“The players come from states across
the country, so it puts Eagle River on
the map.”
The LaBatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond
Hockey Championship will include a
reception and raffle Saturday evening
at the AMSOIL Eagle River Derby
Track expo hall.
Every participant will receive com-
memorative welcome gifts and divi-
sion winners will receive prizes at the
end of the tournament.
Games will feature a two-minute
warm-up period and two 15-minute
halves. USA Hockey playing rules will
be followed. Rule modifications, a reg-
istration form and a tournament
schedule can be found online at usa-
For more information or to register,
visit the USA Hockey Web site at usa-
Hockey back to its roots
National pond hockey tournament set in Eagle River Feb. 10-12
More than 250 teams are expected to participate in the LaBatt Blue/USA Hock-
ey Pond Hockey Championship in Eagle River. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
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Snowmobi l e
Trai l s
Please stay
on marked
trails at all
Do not
water until
trails are
marked as
Cross-Country Ski Trails
State Corridor Trails
State-Funded & Club Trails
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Snowmobi l e
Trai l s
Please stay
on marked
trails at all
Do not
water until
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marked as
Cross-Country Ski Trails
State Corridor Trails
State-Funded & Club Trails
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The winter season is a time when
many families spend a great deal of
time together in the outdoors.
Throughout the winter months, fami-
lies can be observed participating in
many activities on the ice.
When the fishing is good, everyone
is diligently trying to catch panfish on
jig poles or game fish with tip-ups.
When the action slows, the kids and
sometimes the parents will occupy
their time doing other things.
Ice skating, broom hockey, football,
tag and building snowmen on warm
days are just some of the things to do
during slow fishing times.
The key to any outdoor activity like
ice fishing is wearing the proper cloth-
ing, having the right equipment and
knowing where to go for the fish you
are after.
Get the right clothing
Perhaps the most important piece
of clothing for outdoor activities like
ice fishing is footwear. Make sure that
if you intend to spend any amount of
time in the outdoors that you pur-
chase the best boots you can afford.
When your feet are cold, you are
cold all over. Look for boots that are
rated for 100 degrees below zero, espe-
cially if you will be standing for long
There are many high-tech long un-
derwear garments that will hold heat
near the body. Dress in layers and use
a wind resistant outer jacket for the
final cover. For extremely cold days, I
have a 70-below down coat that is
large enough to cover all the clothing
layers. Keep in mind that you need to
be warm, but never permit yourself to
start to perspire.
Keeping your clothing, body and
boots dry will keep you warm even in
the coldest weather. If you experience
any cold parts of your body, analyze to
see if the cold area is next to wet or
damp clothing. At the end of the day,
make sure that all clothing is thor-
oughly dry, including boots and liners.
I highly recommend a boot dryer
and no matter how short of time the
boots are worn, they need to go on the
boot dryer. It also is important to
make sure the boot liners are dry.
Fishing equipment
Ice fishing is an inexpensive family
sport to get involved. All you need are
an ice chisel, ice dipper, short jig rod or
tip-ups and basically you are set to
catch fish. I must admit that for those
who are serious about the sport, a
great deal of money can be spent on
ice fishing equipment. There are
power ice drills, shelters, heaters, loca-
tors and many different high tech
rods, lines and tip-ups which help an-
glers catch fish.
Any sport shop clerk will advise you
on what equipment to buy and will
show you how to rig the equipment.
Sport shops also sell pre-rigged tip-
ups and jig rods.
Most jig rods, for example, are
equipped with either float bobbers or
spring bobbers. The float bobber is just
that — it is set on the line with the
hook and bait just off the bottom and
when the fish takes the bait, the bob-
ber goes under water and you set the
hook. The spring bobber is attached to
the rod and is much more sensitive.
The line goes through the line guides
on the rod and through the spring bob-
ber at the rod tip. When a fish just
touches the hook and bait, the spring
bobber moves to the rod tip and you
set the hook.
For panfishing, the jig rod is the
preferred equipment. Rods should be
rigged with 2- or 4-pound test line and
one of the ice jigs or spoons that has a
hook size of No. 10 to 14. Bait for pan-
fish can be artificial, but for new an-
glers to the sport I would recommend
some sort of live bait. Small crappie
minnows work for crappies and perch.
Grubs, such as wax worms, spikes and
mousies, or garden worms work well.
For game fish such as walleyes and
northerns, tip-ups are the most popu-
lar and can be purchased from local
sport shops. They also can be pur-
chased pre-rigged. To the new ice fish-
erman they may look complicated to
use, but a two-minute instruction at
the sport shop will have you using
them like an expert.
Tip-ups are set with the hook near
the bottom for walleyes. Use fathead
minnows with a No. 6 hook and just
enough weight to hold the minnow on
the bottom for walleye. I thread the
line through a button, which slides up
and down the line. This is slid up to
the spool to mark my depth so when a
fish runs line off the spool, I do not lose
my depth.
For northerns, attach a No. 2 or 4
hook and keep it 12 to 18 inches off the
bottom. I use a little larger weight be-
cause I use larger minnows as medi-
um or large golden shiners will do the
trick. Keep in mind that northerns are
a very toothy creature and with their
rows of teeth they will bite off monofil-
ament line. Therefore, it is necessary
to use a leader between the line and
the hook. Sport shops sell pre-rigged
northern leaders.
Time and locations
When I go ice fishing, I usually go to
lakes that offer panfish and northern.
This will provide action during most of
the day.
With the three-line limit, I set out
two tip-ups for northerns and fish
with a jig rod for panfish. This type of
fishing can be done during the entire
daylight period.
When I pursue walleyes, I am on
the ice before daylight and fish until
about 9 a.m. I go back out at about 3
p.m. and fish until 7 to 9 p.m. in the
Some of the area lakes that offer
fishing action for perch, bluegills and
crappies are Pickerel, Eagle River and
Three Lakes Chain, Lac Vieux Desert,
Kentuck, Black Oak, Deerskin and
Silver lakes.
Northern action can be found on
Lac Vieux Desert, Tamarack Flowage,
Butternut, Franklin, Anvil and Lost
lakes. Walleyes can be found on the
Eagle and Three Lakes Chain, North
and South Twin, Rainbow Flowage,
and Little St. Germain lakes.
With the right clothing, proper
equipment and basic knowledge of
lakes, plenty of family fun can be
found on the ice-covered lakes of the
North Woods.
In addition, several area guides
cater to ice fishermen and will provide
a quality day on the ice.
For some family fun this winter,
give inexpensive ice fishing a try
Ice fishing is a simple outdoor activity, requiring some warm clothing, basic
equipment and the knowledge of a few lakes. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
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The town of Three Lakes near
the Vilas-Oneida county line is a
winter sports paradise, offering for-
est trails and scenic lakes to suit
snowmobilers, cross-country skiers
and ice anglers.
A gateway to the Chequamegon-
Nicolet National Forest, the town of-
fers 150 miles of groomed snowmo-
bile trails, access to national forest
ski trails and the world’s largest
chain of freshwater lakes.
The Three Lakes Chain and
other lakes in the area, such as
Thunder Lake to the west and But-
ternut and Sevenmile lakes to the
east, offer angling diversity that
ranges from good crappie, perch and
other panfish action to tip-up fishing
for walleye and northern pike.
To provide more winter excite-
ment for residents and vacationers
alike, organizations sponsor several
winter events, including poker runs
for snowmobilers in January and
February, a fishing derby in late
February and guided snowmobile
rides every Wednesday and Friday.
With the use of three groomers,
Three Lakes Trails Inc. keeps 150
miles of state-funded and club trails
groomed to the best possible condi-
tion all winter.
A favorite of snowmobilers is a
65-mile loop encompassing the Kim-
ball Creek trail that includes trails
in Three Lakes, Eagle River and
south to Hiles, all passing through
the national forest.
Snowmobilers can use Three
Lakes by going right through the
downtown area on their sleds. Trails
connect snowmobilers with all as-
pects of the community, from grocery
stores and gift shops to restaurants,
gas stations and taverns.
The snowmobile trails all con-
nect with those of other communities
and counties, giving the snowmobiler
easy access to all of northern Wiscon-
sin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
There are county maps of the entire
trail system available for both Onei-
da and Vilas counties, making tour-
ing less confusing.
The Three Lakes Tavern League
will sponsor weekend poker runs for
cash prizes Fridays and Saturdays,
Jan. 20-21 and Feb. 10-11, with pro-
ceeds going to benefit Three Lakes
Trails Inc. Raffle drawings are
scheduled after 9 p.m. each Saturday
night of the weekend poker runs.
For the third straight year, Bon-
nie’s Lakeside will be the host site of
snowmobile races as part of the
Northern Vintage Snowmobile Race
Series on Spirit Lake. Oval racing is
set Saturday, Feb. 18, and an en-
durance race is scheduled Saturday,
March 17.
Cross-country skiers will find
miles of groomed trails and unlimit-
ed bushwhacking opportunities in
the nearby national forest. Skiers
can venture east toward Franklin
Lake, where they will find the Nico-
let North Trails and the Eagle River
Nordic Ski Center.
The Nicolet North Trails offer
about 11 kilometers of marked,
groomed and tracked trails. They are
connected by a short 2-kilometer
trail to the 8-mile Anvil Lake Trail
Ice anglers will find walleye,
northern pike and a host of panfish
species in and around the Three
Lakes Chain, while Perch and crap-
pie are abundant all winter off the
chain’s many rock bars.
The Three Lakes Lions Club will
stage its 59th annual Ice Fishing
Derby from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur-
day, Feb. 25, on Maple Lake near
downtown Three Lakes.
The contest offers merchandise
prizes. Fish from the Three Lakes
area are accepted for registration up
to 2:30 p.m. Participants will have a
chance to win hundreds of prizes, in-
cluding raffle items.
On Sunday, Feb. 19, the North-
ern Lights Snowmobile Club will
stage a weenie roast from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. at Sheltered Valley in the na-
tional forest. For information on the
ride, contact President Jim Nyko-
layko at (715) 546-8372.
The club also coordinates weekly
rides beginning the first Wednesday
in January. The casual/family orient-
ed rides are offered each Wednesday
and Friday starting at 9:30 a.m. at
the Three Lakes Shell Station. A
longer, more spirited ride starts at
8:30 every Wednesday morning, also
starting from the Shell Station.
Whether by snowmobile or vehi-
cle, winter visitors can tour the
Northwoods Petroleum Museum free
of charge six days a week. It’s located
two miles north of Three Lakes on
Highway 45.
“A trip through the museum will
bring you back to a time when the
local gas station was run by a friend-
ly neighbor who thanked you for
your business, might have offered
you Green Stamps or free dishware,
and who cleaned your windshield,”
said museum founder Ed Jacobson.
The museum is open noon to 4
p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For information on accommoda-
tions or winter events in Three
Lakes, call the Three Lakes Area
Chamber of Commerce and Welcome
Center at (715) 546-3344.
Winter visitors drawn to Three Lakes
The vast snowmobile trail system in the town of Three Lakes includes a 65-mile
loop that surrounds the Kimball Creek trail. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
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More than 38 years ago, two broth-
ers came to the North Woods for sum-
mer jobs. They came from a strong
Italian community in Chicago where
pizza was the staple at home and at
Since there were no pizzerias in the
area, the brothers opened their own
pizzeria on Railroad Street in down-
town Eagle River.
Sources say the locals at the time
looked down at them jaundice-eyed
and called them brash boys from “Chi-
town.” But now the pizzeria has be-
come a landmark. Today, customers
come from all over the country to try
what many say — and a survey
showed — is the best pizza in the area.
For snowmobilers, it is conveniently
located right next to the north-south
trail in the heart of the city.
Even celebrities have visited
Alexander’s on occasion, including
professional football players; head
coaches from the NFL, NBA and
NCAA; hockey players; movie stars;
movie critics; national sports commen-
taries; leaders of U.S. industries; news-
casters; and authors.
Even though the business opened
many years ago, one thing remains
the same — the traditional method of
making pizza at Alexander’s. The
pizza is made the way Grandma Del
Cristo said — use the best to make the
The ingredients used are only the
best. The cheese used is 100% full
cream mozzarella, which is straight
from the most award-winning dairy in
Wisconsin, along with nine-month-
aged Romano.
The owners say the soul of a pizza
is the crust, which is made with high-
gluten flour. Adding flavor to the pizza
is the thick, rich sauce that is made
with tomato puree from pear tomatoes
— the meatiest of tomatoes. The meat
is also high quality at 90% lean meat,
with no soy fillers.
For the more adventurous pizza
connoisseurs, Alexander’s offers broc-
coli, shrimp, albacore and pineapple to
create original gourmet pizzas.
Diners can also try an oven-roasted
cheese bread appetizer — one-half loaf
of freshly baked French bread, basted
with butter, seasoned with garlic and
aged Romano, covered with mozzarel-
la, roasted to a honey-golden brown
and, finally, lightly sprinkled with
At Alexander’s, the pizza is cooked
on a 150-pound stone deck.
Employees at Alexander’s Pizza
have come from various cities and
countries around the globe. Exchange-
student employees from Hungary,
England, Spain, Scotland, Lithuania,
Jamaica, Poland, Belarus and the
Czech Republic have made the trip
across the Atlantic to work at Alexan-
der’s Pizza.
Pizza is not the only item on the
menu. Savory sandwiches are made to
order with toasted French bread,
creamy mozzarella, California tomato
sauce and a choice of ham, Italian
sausage or meatballs, and any of your
favorite pizza toppings.
To entertain diners of all ages,
Alexander’s has a full assortment of
arcade games, such as pinball ma-
chines, video games and several pool
and foosball tables. It’s a popular place
to host birthday parties for all ages.
Parking for vehicles and snowmo-
biles is available across the street.
Customers can dine in or carry out,
and can call ahead of time to have the
pizza ready when they arrive.
To enjoy the “best pizza in the
North,” call (715) 479-7363.
Alexander’s brings tradition to your table
Customers at Alexander’s Pizza in downtown Eagle River enjoy a pizza, made
the traditional way with the best ingredients. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 25
If you’ve never visited St. Germain
during the winter, you’re missing
some incredible fun. With towering
pines and downy-white snow, the
North Woods is absolutely beautiful
during the winter months.
During the winter, the St. Germain
community hosts an array of events
that celebrate what many feel is the
most wonderful season in the North
For the seasoned snowmobiler and
novice alike, St. Germain is the center
of snowmobiling in Vilas County. The
area is webbed with a vast network of
trails leading throughout northern
Wisconsin and beyond. You simply
won’t find a better snowmobile desti-
nation than St. Germain.
For many years, St. Germain has
been home to the largest snowmobile
club in the state of Wisconsin, the Bo-
Boen Snowmobile Club. Weekly rides
and other events are planned through-
out the winter.
When you’re not on your snowmo-
bile, be sure to visit the Snowmobile
Hall of Fame and Museum just west of
town, off Highway 70.
For many in the North Woods, the
real fishing season begins when the
lakes freeze over. The ice fishing in St.
Germain is tremendous. With an end-
less selection of lakes to choose from
— and excellent populations of wall-
eye, crappie, perch, bluegill and north-
ern pike — you’ll have no trouble find-
ing a lake to suit your personal style of
fishing. You also won’t want to miss
the local ice fishing tournaments held
throughout the winter season. Other
winter sports in St. Germain include
snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and
For indoor activities, St. Germain
boasts an array of restaurants, from
fine dining to burgers and fries. The
local shops and businesses are open
throughout winter as well.
Community events
A Brunch with Santa will be held
Saturday, Dec. 3, at the St. Germain
Community Center from 10:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. featuring children’s activities.
The 12th annual Polar Bear Plunge
at St. Germain Lodge and Resort, a
fundraiser to benefit Angel On My
Shoulder, will be held Saturday, Jan. 7.
If dancing is your thing, join the
PrimeTimers at their annual
Snowflake Dance held Saturday, Jan.
14, at the St. Germain Community
Center. Food and beverages will be
available from 7 to 11 p.m.
World Championship Kitty Cat
races for ages 4 to 14 will be held on
Big St. Germain Lake Saturday and
Sunday, Jan. 14-15. Headquarters will
be at Black Bear Lodge.
There will be a trail groomer show
at Vogel Enterprises Wednesday and
Thursday, Feb. 1-2, from 9 a.m. to 4
The Snowmobile Radar Run is set
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, on West
Bay of Little St. Germain Lake, with
600- and 1,000-foot tracks.
The Plum Lake emergency medical
technicians will host its Holes for Life
ice fishing tournament on Big St. Ger-
main Lake Saturday, Feb. 4, from 8
a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is at 7 a.m.
The 29th annual Ride With the
Champs will be Saturday, Feb. 18,
with headquarters at Whitetail Inn.
The winter events will wind down
with the Ice Golf Tournament hosted
by Black Bear Lodge on Little St. Ger-
main Lake Saturday, March 17, from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. and will benefit the
Vilas Food Pantry.
For more information about all the
St. Germain events and winter activi-
ties, call the St. Germain Chamber of
Commerce at (715) 477-2205.
St. Germain caters to recreation, events
The Angry Dave’s Bikini Run event is a crowd favorite at the Snowmobile Radar
Run in St. Germain, which is set for Feb. 3-4, 2012. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
Blessed with an abundance of lakes
and thousands of acres of public
forests in the Northern Highland-
American Legion State Forest, the
Sayner-Star Lake area in Vilas Coun-
ty is a great place to visit in winter.
The Sayner-Star Lake region has
the natural facilities for a number of
outdoor activities, including snowmo-
biling, skiing, ice-fishing, snowshoeing
and sight-seeing.
One of the main events in Sayner
this winter will be the annual Sayner-
Star Lake Lions Club’s Ice Fishing
Tournament Saturday, Feb. 11, at the
Plum Lake public landing.
The tournament will be held on
Plum Lake from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The
headquarters will be at the Plum Lake
public landing. Awards will be pre-
sented at 4 p.m. There will be prizes
for the largest fish as well as door
prizes. Food and refreshments will be
available. For more information on the
fishing tournament, phone (715) 542-
Birthplace of snowmobile
Snowmobiling is very popular in
the Sayner area, and rightly so. Sayn-
er is the birthplace of the modern
snowmobile, and the community car-
ries on the snowmobiling spirit that
inventor Carl Eliason began in 1924.
Eliason met the needs of northern
Wisconsin for a machine-powered way
to get around in the deep winter snow.
He succeeded in the wake of many at-
tempts before him. In 1924, the mem-
ber of a pioneer Sayner-Star Lake
family mounted a small engine on a
toboggan equipped with skis under
the front part and a continuous tread
under the rear.
He patented the snow sled in 1927
and manufactured 40 units. Upon re-
ceiving an order for 200 from Finland,
Eliason sold the patent. The snowmo-
bile industry took off, with the U.S.
government buying 300 for military
use. Today, there are some 2.5 million
snowmobiles in North America and
approximately 9 million snowmobil-
Eliason died in December 1979, at
the age of 80, and his funeral proces-
sion was a parade of snowmobiles.
Many of the early day snowmobiles
can be seen at the Vilas County His-
torical Museum in Sayner.
The Sayner-Star Lake area fea-
tures more than 75 miles of groomed
snowmobile trails. The trails are laid
out so that snowmobilers can use the
snow sleds to reach almost any spot.
The Barnstormers Snowmobile Club
is in charge of maintaining the trails
and fundraising.
Plenty of ski trails
For cross-country skiers, the Razor-
back Ridges Ski Trail is located two
miles west of Sayner on Highway N at
The Corner Store.
The 12-mile ski trail system offers
marked and groomed trails geared for
the beginner to the intermediate skier.
There are several sections of ad-
vanced-intermediate to expert trails.
The wide trails wind through a
mixture of wooded and open-valley
terrain. While there is no charge, a do-
nation is appreciated.
Another ski trail in the Sayner-Star
Lake area is the Escanaba Trail in the
Northern Highland-American Legion
State Forest. There are four loops
ranging in length from 2, 4, 5.5 and 8.5
miles. The terrain is wooded and hilly,
with intermediate and expert sections.
For more information on Sayner-
Star Lake area winter activities,
phone 1-(888) 722-3789 or (715) 542-
3789. The chamber’s website is sayn-
Lakes, forests key to winter activity in Sayner
Snowshoeing is a popular silent sport
on the public lands near Sayner.
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 26
Home of the Fastest Shaved Ice Track
in Wisconsin!
Feb. 3-5, 2012
Held on the West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake
Home of the Fastest Shaved Ice Track
in Wisconsin!
Feb. 3-5, 2012
Held on the West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake
Fun Run & Practice Fun Runs & Trophy Runs Outlaw Drag Racing
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Twilight Bar 660' on Groomed Snow
Thunderbird Pass 1000' on Shaved Ice
Entrance Fees: 660' on Snow $5 each or 5 runs for $20
1000' on Shaved Ice $25 fee includes 3 runs & extra runs are $5 each
Prizes: All classes are sponsored for trophies and prizes.
Trophy Presentation & Prizes will be
at Thunderbird Pass at 5:30 p.m.
Top speed wins the Sno-King Traveling Trophy
on display at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame
Saturday Special Events
Bo-Boen Club Food & Music • Badgers Glass Vendor Row • All Day
Camp’s SuperValu Grocery Cart Races • 1 p.m.
Angry Dave’s Bikini Run • 2 p.m.
(Prizes for first 4 places* • $100 for 1st Place)
*Prizes for top 4 pledge plus speed totals.
Proceeds from the Bikini Run Races will be donated to:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central Wisconsin
St. Germain Fire Department & Plum Lake Ambulance
World Speed Record Exhibition Sleds • 3 p.m.
Sunday Drag Racing
Sponsored by the St. Germain Drag Racers
Food by the Bo-Boens • Music • 3 Lane Drag Racing • 100% Payouts
For more information:
6 A.M. - 11 P.M.
Communities and organizations
throughout the North Woods are plan-
ning ice fishing jamborees this winter.
Most of the ice fishing derbies are
family-oriented events, offering prizes
for the largest fish as well as door
prizes. Participants should call orga-
nizers at the number provided to con-
firm dates and locations.
The following is a rundown of the
ice fishing jamborees in this area.
Jan. 28, Phelps — The 26th annu-
al Great Northern Ice Fishing Tourna-
ment, sponsored by the Phelps Lions
Club, will be held on Lac Vieux Desert,
with the headquarters at the West
Shore Boat Landing. Phone (715) 545-
Feb. 4, Conover — The Conover
Volunteer Fire and Rescue Depart-
ment will sponsor its third annual Ice
Fishing Classic on Pioneer Lake from
7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with headquarters at
the public boat landing off Chicago Av-
enue. Call (715) 477-2036.
Feb. 4, St. Germain — The Plum
Lake EMTs will host the Holes for
Life ice fishing tournament on Big St.
Germain Lake, with registration at
Fibber’s Restaurant at 7 a.m. Fishing
will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry
fee is $25. Phone (715) 891-0572.
Feb. 11, Phelps — The Northern
Exposure Ice Fishing Tournament will
be held on North Twin Lake, spon-
sored by Northern Exposure Bar and
Restaurant. Call (715) 545-3555.
Feb. 11, Sayner — The
Sayner/Star Lake Lions Club will host
its annual ice fishing tournament on
Plum Lake from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., with
registration at the boat landing on the
south side of the lake. Awards will be
presented at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25
per person. Call (715) 542-3789 or
(715) 542-3501.
Feb. 18, Sugar Camp — The an-
nual Sand Lake Ice Fishing Jamboree
will be held at Pitlik’s Sand Beach Re-
sort in Sugar Camp from 7 a.m. to 3
p.m. Prizes every hour, food and bever-
ages available. Call (715) 479-4955.
Feb. 18, Phelps — The Big Sand
Lake Ice Fishing Tournament will be
headquartered at the boat landing,
sponsored by Sand Lake Pub. Entry
fee is $15 per person, with prizes
awarded after fishing. Call (715) 545-
Feb. 25, Three Lakes — The
Lions Club will sponsor its 59th annu-
al ice fishing jamboree on Maple Lake
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be
prizes and food available. Call (715)
Feb. 26, Land O’ Lakes — The
16th annual Kids Fishing Jamboree
will be held on Lac Vieux Desert at the
West Shore Boat Landing from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. The free event will include
food, prizes and bait. It’s open to all
youths up to age 18. Call (715) 547-
March 11, Conover —The Lions
Club Kids Fisheree will be held on
Denton Lake off Highway 45 from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m., with headquarters at
Club 45. It’s an ice fishing tournament
just for children, with prizes and re-
freshments. Call (715) 479-6673.
Ice fishing contests planned
across North Woods this winter
Anglers can pursue panfish in most
ice fishing tournaments.
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 27
Connecting Vilas County with the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan is Land
O’ Lakes, a popular destination for
snowmobilers, cross-country skiers,
ice fishermen and other winter sight-
The community celebrates winter
in a big way with the Three Bear
Winter Sled Dog Races set for Satur-
day and Sunday, Feb. 11-12. The
event will bring some of the top sled-
dog teams from across the country to
Land O’ Lakes to compete for cash
and prizes.
Land O’ Lakes also will have its
annual Winter Festival flea market
and craft show Saturday, Feb. 11.
The event will be held at Land O’
Lakes Elementary School from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will fea-
ture a bake sale, food and a snow-
man-making contest.
The festivities will continue Sat-
urday night with a Mushers Ball. It’s
a great weekend to view the sport of
sled racing for the first time, offering
a chance to meet professional mush-
ers from Alaska, Maine, Canada and
Many winter recreationists travel
to Land O’ Lakes for cross-country
skiing, as the popular Sylvania
Trails are located nearby in Wa-
tersmeet, Mich. Skiers can stay in
one of the motels or resorts in Land
O’ Lakes and be on the ski trails in
less than 30 minutes.
Land O’ Lakes also offers its own
7.5-mile cross-country ski trail,
groomed and maintained by the
Land O’ Lakes Fish and Game Club.
To get to the trail, take Highway B
west to East Duck Lake Road, turn
north and continue past North Moon
Lake Road to a parking area on the
east side of the road.
The Land O’ Lakes area offers
plenty of snowmobile trails, connect-
ing Wisconsin trails with those in
Michigan to the north, Boulder Junc-
tion to the west, Eagle River to the
south and Phelps to the east. The
Frosty Snowmobile Club is in charge
of grooming the trails and fundrais-
An activity that should not be
overlooked in Land O’ Lakes is ice
fishing. Some of the more popular
lakes in the area include Lac Vieux
Desert, Portage, Forest and Black
Oak. The Upper Peninsula of Michi-
gan also has many lakes just a short
drive away.
Several ice fishing tournaments
are planned on Lac Vieux Desert
during the winter months, including
the 26th annual Great Northern Ice
Fishing Tournament Jan. 28, spon-
sored by the Phelps Lions Club, and
the 16th annual Kids Fishing Jam-
boree on Lac Vieux Desert Feb. 26,
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on Land O’
Lakes events, call (715) 547-3432.
Land O’ Lakes to feature sled-dog races
The Three Bear Winter Sled Dog Races in Land O’ Lakes feature some of the
top sled-dog teams from across the entire country. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
There are plenty of winter activi-
ties planned in Conover, including the
Winter Frolic, Kids Fisheree and
snowmobile club events.
The Lions Club will host its annual
Winter Frolic Sunday, Feb. 12, featur-
ing toboggan races, children’s games,
prizes and a cookout.
The action will take place at
Conover Town Park, one block east of
Highway 45 on Highway K with activ-
ities planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Toboggan and sled races will be
held for children throughout the af-
ternoon with prizes for winners in
every class. The categories will be di-
vided up — first grade, second grade,
third grade, etc.
Everyone is welcome to take their
sleds, tubes and saucers, but there
will be some toboggans available at
the site for those who don’t have one.
To make things easier for the chil-
dren, they will be towed to the top of
the hill by the Conover Sno-Buddies
Snowmobile Club’s trail groomer.
As an extra incentive, the Lions
will give away many prizes through-
out the day.
There will be free food and refresh-
ments for all children, plus a cookout,
complete with beer, brats and hot
dogs available for adults for a small
cost at the indoor shelter.
Proceeds from the Winter Frolic
will go to the many local and interna-
tional causes with which the Lions
Club is involved. A large portion will
go to Camp Rosholt in Rosholt for the
blind and deaf.
Another event planned in Conover
this winter will be the Conover Fire
Department and EMS third annual
Ice Fishing Classic on Pioneer Lake
Saturday, Feb. 4.
In addition, the Lions Club Kids
Fisheree will be held on Denton Lake
Sunday, March 11. This is a special ice
fishing contest just for children. Den-
ton Lake is located off Highway 45
north of Conover. The Kids Fisheree
activities will take place from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
The Conover Sno-Buddies Snow-
mobile Club has numerous benefits
planned each winter as fundraisers
for trail grooming. Contact the
Conover Chamber of Commerce for
those event dates.
Conover features miles of scenic
snowmobile trails and entertaining
pit stops, ski trails in the Vilas Coun-
ty Forest, and plenty of lakes for ice
fishing for walleye, northern and pan-
Some of the top ice fishing lakes
near Conover include North and
South Twin lakes, Pioneer Lake, the
Tamarack Flowage and Upper and
Lower Buckatabon lakes. All have
public access and offer excellent fish-
ing for walleye, northern and panfish.
In addition, Stormy Lake off Highway
K West offers trout for a change of
For more information on Conover
winter events, call (866) 394-4386 or
(715) 479-4928.
Lions Frolic and EMS fisheree top winter events in Conover
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A stuffy museum it definitely is
not. The World Snowmobile Head-
quarters (WSH) in Eagle River show-
cases eight different snowmobile
groups or organizations.
Located on the north side of the fa-
mous World Championship Snowmo-
bile Derby Track on Highway 45
North, the WSH is a must-stop for
snowmobilers to check out.
Headlining the list of groups show-
cased are two different snowmobile
halls of fame. The oldest, with 88
members enshrined since its founding
in 1984, is the International Snowmo-
bile Hall of Fame. Four new members
were inducted this past fall in a grand
weekend-long celebration and cere-
mony. They represent the recreational
side of the sport with their induction
photos and plaques lining several
walls of the headquarters.
New last year was the creation of
the World Championship Snowmobile
Derby Hall of Fame. The hall honors
the winners of the past Derbies in a
special section of the WSH dedicated
to the racing side of the sport. This
section also includes dramatic race
photography and a large selection of
racing snowmobiles from the past.
The main display room features
sleds from antique and vintage snow-
mobile clubs. Visitors can examine
more than 70 sleds on the show floor
and do so with plenty of space around
them for close inspection. These are
the sleds that created and developed
the sport over the last 60 years. They
preserve and showcase the rich histo-
ry of the sport.
Visitors also can check out the 1953
Eliason, built in nearby Sayner, which
can lay a legitimate claim to being the
first of the personal-sized snowmo-
Follow the evolution from heavy
welded iron chassis with bulky four-
cycle motors to sleek, aluminum tun-
nels, skid rail suspensions and
lightweight 2-strokes. All of these
major advancements were created
within a three- to five-year span.
Also on display is the history of the
Iron Dog Brigade, an honorary society
dedicated to the fun of snowmobiling,
that was started in 1976 to unite and
promote the sport.
Honoring the groomer operators
who spend so much time making
trails smooth is the Groomer Opera-
tor of the Year Award. Sponsored by
Arctic Cat, these stalwarts of the
sport have their own wall of honor
and recognition.
The Women on Snow organization,
founded right here in the Eagle River
area back in 1986, has been the
source for women throughout the
snowbelt to start their own versions of
the famous ride. More than 1,400
women have participated in this
women-only annual trail ride since
then. Many of their ride highlights
are on display at the WSH.
A pure fun group, the Thirsty Dogs,
founded in 1985, are also showcased.
This charity group has raised more
than $41,000 for snowmobile causes.
Their mascot, a basset hound named
Dudley, has his pins for sale for mem-
bership into this unique club that has
only one rule and that is, “There are
no rules.”
Kitty Cat racers also have their
own display area that highlights their
racing program.
Topping all this off is the Snowmo-
biler’s Gift Shop with scores of gifts,
books, DVDs, mugs and many cloth-
ing items for the snowmobiler.
All of these groups are gathered to-
gether into the 7,500-square-foot
WSH with free parking and free ad-
mission. Come by car or sled, as there
is a spur trail off trails 3, 10, 13 and
17 to the front door.
The WSH is open from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Mondays through Saturdays
from mid-December through mid-
March and in the summer from mid-
May through mid-October.
World Snomo Headquarters showcases sport
The World Snowmobile Headquarters in Eagle River features the World Cham-
pionship Snowmobile Hall of Fame. --Contributed Photo
People tied to snowmobiling,
whether as a trail rider, fan of the
sport or racer, find that the Best West-
ern Derby Inn in Eagle River offers a
unique stay for those visiting the
North Woods.
Eagle River is a premier destina-
tion getaway in the heart of the
world’s largest chain of freshwater
lakes, 28 in all. The area is a haven for
boating, skiing, biking and golfing in
the summer and snowmobiling in the
A feature that makes this Best
Western unique is the trademark of
Eagle River, which holds the title of
Snowmobile Capital of the World
The Eagle River area features a
well-developed snowmobile trail sys-
tem. Even more significant is that
snowmobile racing was practically in-
vented here, developing into the AM-
SOIL World Championship Snowmo-
bile Derby. The race exists today as
the oldest continuous snowmobile
race in the world. This January will
mark the 49th running of this most
famous and prestigious competition in
the sport.
The 16-year-old Best Western hotel
borrowed on this fame by being
named The Derby Inn. A close tie-in
and respect for the nearby AMSOIL
Derby Track fills the lobby and lounge
area of the Derby Inn. From the two
historic race snowmobiles on the in-
side ledge over the main entrance to a
large display of snowmobile racing
memorabilia in the lounge, this facili-
ty is almost a museum of world cham-
pionship history.
Among the displays is a complete
collection of Derby program books,
photos, trophies, awards and other
rare items. Most outstanding is a mo-
saic rendition in the pool of a snowmo-
bile race sled that won the 1987
championship. It is an attraction that
many visitors long remember, accord-
ing to Derby Inn manager Allen Deck-
The hotel is the headquarters hotel
for the many Derby Track events. Be-
cause of this designation, the hotel
has had many noted guests. Most re-
cent was race car celebrity Dick Trick-
le and four-time Indy winner Bobby
The Derby Inn also has become the
preferred lodging for many of the ex-
ecutives within the snowmobile in-
dustry, who use it summer and winter.
A virtual museum of world champi-
onship snowmobile racing, the Derby
Inn underwent a major renovation of
the property in May 2007. Part of the
redecorating plan was to designate a
room to each of the past snowmobile
world champions.
Each room displays a picture of a
championship driver and specifies the
brand of snowmobile he raced and
name of his hometown. Some lucky
guests may stay in a room that has
been visited by the actual world
championship driver, evidenced by a
dated signature on his picture.
While walking the halls of the
Derby Inn, visitors also can view spec-
tacular historical photos of the famed
Derby Track.
The Best Western Derby Inn also
has a strong attraction for recreation-
al snowmobilers — many of whom
choose this as their preferred vacation
hotel. The trail that leads to hundreds
of miles of snowmobile trails is just
outside the door. There also is plenty
of parking for vehicles with snowmo-
bile trailers.
Derby Inn managers say visitors
are always impressed with the up-
scale luxury of the facility. It is rated
one of the best of the Best Western ho-
tels in the Midwest, with high quality-
assurance scores.
Best Western Derby Inn caters to sledders
Each room at the Derby Inn features
a championship driver.
--Contributed Photo
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With a variety of recreational ac-
tivities and community events for
the entire family, Eagle River can
give visitors a whole new perspective
on how much fun winter can be.
Eagle River has made the most of
the snow and winter beauty by dili-
gently mapping out and grooming
trails for snowmobilers and cross-
country skiers.
The local members of snowmobile
clubs and cross-country ski organiza-
tions volunteer many hours of time
and energy to manicure and main-
tain trail systems for winter guests.
They purchase sophisticated
grooming equipment, arrange special
events and provide detailed maps
and brochures on the best places to
go for thrills, scenery, shopping, din-
ing and accommodations.
Eagle River is noted for the
world’s largest chain of inland fresh-
water lakes and for being the home
of the AMSOIL World Championship
Snowmobile Derby.
Visitors who have never tried
snowmobiling or experienced the
sport, but do not want to invest in
machines, can rent everything from
snowmobiles to suits, helmets, gog-
gles and even guide service for fun on
some of the world’s best trails.
The resort area is packed with pit
stops along the wooded trail system
and in the city. The Sno-Eagles
Snowmobile Club offers plenty of
trail rides and social activities for
the snowmobiling enthusiast, includ-
ing weekly guided snowmobile rides
leaving from the depot downtown
each Wednesday at 9 a.m. The trails
also are groomed by the Sno-Eagles.
For cross-country skiers, the Nord-
marka Ski Club maintains machine-
groomed trails at Eagle River Munic-
ipal Golf Course for both skating and
traditional skiing through the woods,
where deer often are seen.
Eagle River also is close to the
popular Anvil Trail system in the
Chequamegon-Nicolet National For-
est. Its network of trails offers some
of the steepest pitches in the state,
but also includes rolling terrain for
Just south of Eagle River on Sund-
stein Road is the new Three Eagle
Trail, offering cross-country skiing
and snowshoeing.
The winter calendar is dotted with
special events. There are several
events at the AMSOIL Eagle River
Derby Track, including the Classic
Vintage Snowmobile Championship
presented by Woody’s Jan. 13-15 and
the 49th running of the AMSOIL
World Championship Snowmobile
Derby Jan. 19-22. See related story
in this issue.
The Derby Track also will host the
Great Northern Sno-Cross Series
Feb. 25, featuring Sno-Cross snow-
mobile racing at the famed track.
The seventh annual LaBatt Blue
USAdult Pond Hockey Champion-
ship will be held on Dollar Lake Feb.
10-12. Chanticleer Inn will host the
outdoor hockey tournament.
The family-oriented Trig’s
Klondike Days will be held at North-
land Pines High School and Rocking
W Stables the weekend of March 3-4
featuring historical activities. See re-
lated story in this publication.
Several other events include
Women on Snow Jan. 27-29 and the
Pink Ribbon Riders Wisconsin Snow
Run Feb. 17-18. Two events at the
Eagle River Sports Arena include the
Ice Master Classic 3-on-3 Hockey
Tournament March 16-18 and the
Silver Blades Ice Show April 14-15.
There also are hockey games
every weekend at the Sports Arena,
ranging from the Mites of youth
hockey to the Eagle River Falcons, a
men’s hockey team. The arena also is
home to the Northland Pines High
School Eagles, traditionally one of
the top hockey programs in the state.
A couple of hours a week are set
aside for public ice skating at the
arena. There also is an outdoor ice
skating rink on Silver Lake Road be-
hind City Hall, about four blocks
north of Wall Street.
Eagle River is a community for all
seasons and all ages. Where to Retire
magazine ranked Eagle River one of
the top retirement communities in
For more information, call the vis-
itors ccenter at (715) 479-6400.
Eagle River is a winter destination
Offering top-notch snowmobile trails, Eagle River is known as the Snowmobile
Capital of the World. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO
If you enjoy cross-country skiing on
a groomed trail, you may find just
what you’re looking for right between
the communities of Three Lakes and
Eagle River.
The northern five miles of the
Three Eagle Biking and Walking Trail
are groomed for both classic and skate
The two-way ski trail can be ac-
cessed either from U.S. Highway 45
just three miles north of Three Lakes
or from Sundstein Road just four
miles south of the fairgrounds in
Eagle River. Both trailheads have
parking areas.
The trail winds its way through un-
inhabited forestland on terrain that is
generally flat. The two-mile stretch
from Sundstein Road to the Mud
Creek bridge does have a few gently
rolling hills that novice skiers can
handle with ease.
More-advanced skiers intent on
getting an aerobic workout appreciate
the distance markers posted every
half-mile, making it easy to judge pace
and mileage. Skiing end to end and
back can be a very pleasant 10-mile
(16 kilometer) outing.
Two scenic boardwalks and the
Mud Creek bridge provide some desti-
nation landmarks along the way. The
wooded landscape affords good wind
protection along with an abundance of
beautiful winter scenery. Wildlife
sightings are not unusual and deci-
phering their tracks in the snow can
be quite entertaining.
Trail grooming is, of course, depen-
dent on snow throughout the season.
Still, thanks to the relatively smooth
limestone surface providing a uniform
base under the snow, this is often one
of the first skiable trails in the area
and it often remains open and skiable
after many others have closed in the
Grooming is performed by area vol-
unteers using equipment provided by
the Three Eagle Trail Foundation and
Tara Lila LLC. There is no fee to use
the trail, but donations made in the
trailhead donation boxes help with the
cost of maintaining the trail.
In addition to the groomed ski trail,
there is a separate snowshoe trail on
the Tara Lila property accessible from
the Sundstein Road trailhead. It pro-
vides a more intimate backwoods ex-
perience as it twists, turns and undu-
lates through a tightly trimmed three-
mile route.
More information about the Three
Eagle Trail, including maps and pho-
tos, can be found at
Three Eagle Trail provides ski, snowshoe opportunities
The Three Eagle Trail is groomed
for skating and traditional skiing.
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 32
Recently, the Small Business Institute/Small Business
Administration/UW System conducted anonymous indepen-
dent surveys of pizza customers of the 11 major pizza res-
taurants in the Eagle River area. The survey considered
quality of food, cleanliness, service and atmosphere.
Alexander’s Family Pizza was rated #1!
“Out of 11 restaurants mentioned — Alexander’s was
ranked number 1,” an independent was second, and a na-
tional chain was third, “both far behind in customer choice.”
Alexander’s was found to “offer a quality product at a
reasonable price. According to the survey, quality has proven
to be of more importance to the customer. Alexander’s has
excellent pizza. It uses the highest quality ingredients.”
Alexander’s Family Pizza wishes to thank all the
many people who participated in the surveys. We truly ap-
preciate the fact that our long-term goal of wanting to be
known for quality pizza has been realized.
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One of the most popular winter at-
tractions in the North Woods is the
Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Muse-
um in St. Germain, with racing histo-
ry displays and vintage sleds show-
The Hall of Fame offers something
of interest to everyone in the family.
Admission is free, although a donation
box is provided.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs-
days and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Saturdays, the hall is located at
8481 Highway 70 West, just one mile
west of the St. Germain Chamber of
Commerce office at Sled World Boule-
vard. Museum hours increase after
the trails open (call ahead).
In the winter, the museum is acces-
sible by snowmobile trails that run
along Highway 70 near the facility.
“All operations are in one location
— on the beautiful 20-acre Hall of
Fame campus,” said Hall of Fame
President and founder Loren Ander-
son. The new Warning Gallery has
added 5,000 feet of exhibit space.
Visitors can look at all of the ex-
hibits and read the exciting histories
of more than 40 inductees into the
Hall of Fame. Videos of famous and
historic races also play in the mini
Racing videotapes are available for
purchase in the Hall of Fame gift
shop, along with T-shirts, sweat shirts,
caps and jackets. Each has the Snow-
mobile Hall of Fame logo on it.
Actual sleds of some of the hall of
famers are on display. Many makes of
snowmobiles have been donated to the
hall, ranging from Polaris, Arctic Cat,
Yamaha and Ski-Doo to Moto-Ski,
Chaparral, Bolens and Ariens. Cloth-
ing worn by racers down through the
years is also on display.
The hall holds its annual Ride With
The Champs as a fundraiser for the
Hall of Fame. The 29th annual ride
will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012,
starting and ending at Whitetail Inn
in St. Germain. The 2012 Hall of Fame
inductees will be honored that
Memberships to the hall are avail-
able as follows: individual annual,
$25; individual life, $500; business an-
nual, $100; and business life, $1,000.
For information on the Hall of
Fame or to make a donation, contact
Anderson at (715) 542-4488 or go to
Snowmobile Hall of Fame
honors history of racing
Action Tracks, Winter 2011-’12 Page 33
Phelps, located in the northeast-
ern corner of Vilas County, is a win-
ter paradise offering snowmobiling,
ice fishing, cross-country skiing and
The Phelps Snowmobile Club
keeps about 40 miles of trails
groomed throughout the winter, of-
fering trails into the scenic
Chequamegon-Nicolet National For-
est and the Upper Peninsula of
The snowmobile club has several
fundraisers during the year. The club
will have a benefit breakfast Satur-
day and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at Sun-
rise Lodge from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, phone Sunrise
Lodge at (877) 669-7077.
The Phelps Chamber of Com-
merce will host the fifth annual
North Twin Cup radar run on North
Twin Lake Saturday, Feb. 4. There
will be timed snowmobile runs
across the lake for all levels of riders
and racers. Phone (715) 545-3800 for
more details.
Because much of Phelps is located
in the Chequamegon-Nicolet Nation-
al Forest, there also is plenty of pub-
lic land available for bushwhacking
on cross-country skis and snowshoes.
There are logging roads galore, just
waiting to be explored.
Excellent skiing is offered at the
Afterglow Lake Resort trails and the
Phelps-Nicolet National Forest trail.
These scenic trails, maintained for
both classical and skating styles, are
groomed by former pro mogul skier
Pete Moline.
To get to the trails, travel north on
Highway E from Phelps for one mile.
Turn right on Sugar Maple Road for
one mile, and then turn right into Af-
terglow Resort’s drive. The office is
on the right. The telephone number
is (715) 545-2560.
The Phelps area is probably best
known for its great ice fishing, with
lakes such as North and South Twin,
Lac Vieux Desert, Long and Big
Sand lakes all within five miles of
the community.
Because Phelps caters to ice fish-
ermen, the community has several
ice fishing tournaments each year.
The Phelps Lions Club will spon-
sor the 26th annual Great Northern
Ice Fishing Tournament Saturday,
Jan. 28, on Lac Vieux Desert. There
will be an evening dinner. For infor-
mation, call (715) 545-3327.
The 11th annual Northern Expo-
sure Ice Fishing Tournament will be
Saturday, Feb. 11, on North and
South Twin lakes. Register fish at
the boat landing. Call Doug at (715)
545-3555 for more information.
The Big Sand Lake Ice Fishing
Tournament also will be held Satur-
day, Feb. 11, and will be headquar-
tered at the boat landing. It is spon-
sored by Sand Lake Pub. Phone (715)
545-3200 for more information.
For more information on winter
activities and fishing tournaments in
the Phelps area, people can call the
Phelps Chamber of Commerce at
(715) 545-3800.
Ice fishing tournaments, snowmobiling big in Phelps
Afterglow Lake Resort in Phelps is
a cross-country ski destination that
could be called a “hidden gem.”
It is not just a ski resort, it is a
skier’s resort. While it caters to other
segments of the winter tourism mar-
ket — ice skating, tubing, ice fishing,
snowshoeing and broomball — cross-
country skiing is the obvious passion.
Owned by Pete and Gail Moline, Af-
terglow is a small, second-generation
family-owned cabin-based resort. On
240 acres, it is perched aside its name-
sake lake two miles north of Phelps.
With 15 housekeeping cabins (dogs
are permitted in some cabins), each
with a fireplace and full kitchen, Af-
terglow is an ideal destination for in-
dividuals, groups and especially fami-
lies. A well-equipped indoor recreation
center with everything from table
games to exercise equipment for après
ski and the obligatory whirlpool and
sauna, show they know how to round
out a great ski day.
Trails literally start at the cabin
door. Walk to the end of the sidewalk,
clip in and ski away.
Garnering a well-deserved cult fol-
lowing among Nordic skiers in the
upper Midwest, Afterglow attracts
cross-country enthusiasts trekking
from Madison and Milwaukee and the
Twin Cities area of Minnesota and be-
Besides its hominess, Afterglow
chalks up other things in its favor. Lo-
cated on the south edge of the snow-
belt, it is less subject to the vagaries of
fickle snowfall patterns. Snows also
get a bit of a bump due to occasional
lake-effect weather.
Its other claim to fame, and that
which keeps skiers coming back, is
grooming. Pete Moline, a former U.S.
Ski Team moguls star, long ago em-
braced Nordic skiing and, more impor-
tantly, grooming. To say that he is a fa-
natic about grooming is an under-
statement, failing to do justice to the
time he puts in and the quality of his
For years, Moline has participated
in grooming research that helped the
Tidd Tech company develop the Gen-
eration 2 (G2) ski trail grooming im-
plement. Moline uses a Tidd Tech G2
to groom Afterglow’s trails.
“We don’t see much of Pete once ski
season gets under way,” joked Gail Mo-
line. Her loss is the skier’s gain, how-
ever, as Moline has groomed as much
as 100 times in a season. Grooming
during the day allows skiers to dam-
age the quality of the trail surface be-
fore it has time to harden. For the
highest quality, Moline grooms almost
exclusively at night — usually start-
ing by 2:30 a.m. and finishing by 6
a.m. This allows three hours for the
trail to harden, and for Moline to plow
and get ready for the arriving skiers
and snowshoers.
But Moline is more than just an
avid groomer. He has fully embraced
the “art” of grooming. Though he uses
a snowmobile and pull-behind Tidd
Tech, one would swear he’s been over
the trails with a Pisten Bully or other
snowcat-style machine. The trails, 12
to 14 feet wide, require two passes
with this rig. Unlike many trails
groomed in this fashion, in the middle
of the trail where one groomer path
crosses on top of the other, there is no
bump, ridge or discernible joint. The
trail surface is virtually flat and seam-
At 18 kilometers, the Afterglow
trail system is not large, and one can
ski most of it in a morning. But it is
such a delight to ski that repeating
parts of it in the afternoon is totally
within reason. There are nine trails,
most skate with a classic track, num-
bered simply 1 through 9. None
threaten with large challenges,
though three expert loops — Nos. 4, 7
and 8 — provide short, steep climbing
and rewarding descents.
Leaving the Afterglow property, No.
5 tours a bit in the adjoining Nicolet
National Forest on a wide, flowing out-
and-back trail where skiers can prac-
tice their V2 or just cruise along.
Classic skiers will delight in the
Phelps Trail. This trail also ventures
off Afterglow property, winding its way
onto adjacent national forest land that
Moline grooms under an agreement
with the U.S. Forest Service. Single-
track most of the way, the 4-kilometer
loop starts out innocently enough, but
as the signs intimate, it tosses in some
swooping and winding descents about
two-thirds of the way into the trail.
To complement the great skiing, Af-
terglow also offers a network of
mapped, marked snowshoe trails.
With distances from 0.3 miles to 1.8
miles, the half-dozen trails can be
ganged together for a much longer
tour, up to 8 miles total. None are over-
ly strenuous. All intersect ski trails, so
getting lost is not an option.
Afterglow Lake Resort is the kind
of place cross-country skiers dream
about. With a family environment,
dedication to quality grooming, quiet
and comfort, this hidden gem begs dis-
This article originally was printed
in Cross Country Skier Magazine. It is
reprinted here with permission from
Cross Country Skier Magazine.
A family-friendly resort
Afterglow Lake Resort caters to cross-country skiers
A cross-country skier hits a well-
groomed trail.
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