By Darren Siewert

Just in time for the holiday season, trails in the “Snowmobile Capital of the World” will open to riders on Friday.

The Vilas County Parks and Recreation Department announced this week that its state-funded snowmobile trail system, including the Eagle River 500, is about to officially open for the season.

Offering more than 600 miles of inter-connected trails, including many running alongside or across the world’s largest chain of freshwater lakes, the Eagle River 500 is one of the world’s most famous snowmobile trail networks. At its center is a 100-mile section maintained by the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club, who keep the riding surface in the best shape possible.

Due to the early season conditions, riders are advised to check the weekly report for both trail and lake ice conditions before heading out. Information about snowmobiling in Eagle River – including regulations, trail passes and trail condition updates – can be found at