Trails Open In Eagle River

Time To Break In The New Sleds!

Snowmobile News 
Thursday December 2, 2004
Eagle River, Wisconsin — One hundred miles of snowmobile trails in and around Eagle River opened around noon on Wednesday, December 1, according to Holly Tomlanovich, Board Member of Eagle River’s Headwaters Trails trailgroomers, the group responsible for trail grooming and maintenance in the Eagle River area.

“All land trails are open and accessible on an average of 5 to 8 inches of snow we received in the past week,” Tomlanovich said in a press release from the Eagle River area. “But,” she emphasizes, “trails on area lakes are not safe until further notice,” she warns.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Conrad (Connie) Heeg, Eagle River’s Chamber Executive Director, “People are happy; people are enthusiastic; and people are excited — including me — I can’t wait to go home and take out my sled later today,” said Heeg, with a smile in his voice. “December 8 was the earliest snowmobile trails opened prior to this that I can remember,” said Tomlanovich. “God has been good to us,” she added.

Check for information on snow conditions every day at or call 715-479-5185.

Another exciting tradition in Eagle River, weather permitting, will be construction of The City’s Annual Ice Palace between Christmas and New Year, a decades-long tradition, where approximately 2,600 blocks of ice are cut from a local lake with old-fashioned equipment, transported to town, and erected by the local Fire Department and other volunteers, along a snowmobile trail running near the downtown area.

Built in a different style each year, and back-lit at night in vivid colors, snowmobilers, locals and visitors have their pictures taken in front of the Ice Castle, which stands into March (weather permitting).

Other important dates on Eagle River’s winter calendar include the 42nd Annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby, Jan. 7-16, 2005; and annual Klondike Days, one of the State’s most multi-faceted winter family events, Sat. & Sun., Feb. 19 & 20 (2005).

For more information, contact Eagle River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Center: 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:; website:

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