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Marathon County added to snowmobiler destination list

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - All a snowmobiler wants for Christmas is an open trail -- and in Marathon County, they're about to get it.  

Officials in Wausau say they'll open the county trails at 8 a.m. on Christmas morning. They'll be limited to snowmobiles for now. ATV's can start using them in around 10 days, depending on trail conditions.  

Travel Wisconsin.Com says about 30 counties in the southern two-thirds of the state do not have their snowmobile trails open yet, even with all the snow we've had.  

The state Tourism Department's Snow Report says the best snowmobiling conditions are in Polk, Washburn, Sawyer, Vilas, Oconto, and Marinette counties -- all in the far north.

However, trails are open in parts of far southern Wisconsin. Racine County reports good conditions.  

The National Weather Service says central and north central areas have 7 to 15 inches of snow on the ground. Conditions should be great in the far northwest after Sunday's and Monday's heavy snows.  

Ashland ended up with 31-and-a-half inches, and Benoit in Bayfield County had 22. Other parts of the far northwest had more than a foot of lake effect snow from Lake Superior.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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