New Wisconsin Trail Pass Regulations

EFFECTIVE JULY 2015:

  1. A Wisconsin Trail Pass will be required by all snowmobilers. The pass will be purchased separately from a snowmobile registration.
  2. Effective July 1, 2015, snowmobile registration will cost $30 for 3 years instead of the current $30 for 2 years. Wisconsin residents who own a snowmobile 35 years old and older can register it as an antique without a fee.
  3. All snowmobiles operating in the state will be required to display an annual (yearly) Wisconsin Trail Pass.
  4. The Wisconsin Trail Pass can be purchased by snowmobilers who belong to both a snowmobile club and the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) for $10 (for each of their Wisconsin registered snowmobiles). This will be done through the AWSC office. Snowmobile owners who don’t hold memberships in both a local and the state club will pay $30 per snowmobile for the pass and will be purchased through the Department of Natural Resources.
  5. Local snowmobile clubs will be responsible for processing AWSC memberships which makes you eligible for the discounted Wisconsin Trail Pass fee.
  6. The non-resident trail pass fee will be increased from the current $35 a year to $50 per year.
  7. Non-residents may purchase a discounted trail pass if their snowmobile is registered in Wisconsin and they belong to a local snowmobile club and the AWSC.
  8. The law includes a 4-year sunset clause which requires re-evaluation (2019) by the legislature prior to its renewal.
  9. Revenue generated from the sale of snowmobile registrations and Wisconsin Trail Passes will be deposited into the state snowmobile segregated fund, which is used to pay snowmobile clubs to maintain and develop the trails. Wisconsin trails are made possible by snowmobile club volunteers who provide the labor to brush, sign and groom the trails and the landowners who allow trails to cross their property. For more information in finding and joining a Wisconsin snowmobile club or for further details on the Wisconsin Trail Pass, visit the AWSC website at awsc.org.
  10. For more information on the Trail Pass and snowmobiling in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin DNR website at dnr.wi.gov and search “snowmobile” or call them by dialing (888) 936-7463.

Download 2015 Trail Pass Order Form

March Trail Riding

Typical March weather has arrived and with it the eventual destruction of snowmobile trails! To help preserve our trails grooming is on an “as needed basis”. “Snirty” (snow and dirt) trails, a strong sun with daytime highs in the upper  40’s will be the story this week. But serious riders will stick to shadowed trails, lesser used woods trails, marked lake trails to accommodate riding in “Spring Time Conditions”.  Temperatures will drop down below freezing at night making for icy conditions during the day and dry road crossings. Some snow is expected for the weekend. Our current trail conditions are mostly GOOD, with some FAIR. How about an early St Patrick’s Day weekend! REMEMBER, when you ride… “ride right”, stay on trail, and if you’re not familiar with the lake… don’t go! Stay Tuned for Updates and “Think Snow”. Check out our new website with LIVE WEB-CAMS at http://snobunnies.com.  

Best Snowmobile Conditions of the Season!

Welcome to March and the Best Snowmobile Conditions of the Season! It’s been a great season and it’s not over yet.  Fresh snow and mild temperatures promise to make the First Weekend of March a perfect opportunity to enjoy EXCELLENT TRAIL CONDITIONS. Vilas County Trails will be open until the 31st of March but the conditions won’t be as perfect as they are right now.  There are 40’s in the  next week’s forecast and some of my favorite ‘Pit-Stops’ are already posting a Mid-March closing, so here’s a suggestion: How about taking advantage of perfect conditions, reduced trail traffic, great lodging opportunities, cheap gas, friendly folks and come north! We’ll be seeing you on the trails and REMEMBER “ride right”, stay on trail, and if you’re not familiar with the lake… don’t go! Stay Tuned for Updates and “Think Snow”. Check out our new website with LIVE WEB-CAMS at http://snobunnies.com.

Thank you Mother Nature!

It’s the last week of February and I can honestly say we’re looking at the BEST TRAIL CONDITIONS of the season. With over 6 inches of snow last week, subzero temps and nightly grooming, all trails are VERY GOOD plus 14 and lesser used trails are EXCELLENT! Continued below normal temperatures, more snow in the forecast and reduced trail traffic… these are the conditions that bring out “the locals”! In a few words… “this could be as good as it gets!” If you’re thinking about coming north… “it’s time to act!”  When you ride, REMEMBER “ride right”, stay on trail, and if you’re not familiar with the lake… don’t go! Stay Tuned for Updates and “Think Snow”. Check out our new website with LIVE WEB-CAMS at http://snobunnies.com.