Wisconsin Hearts Snowmobiles

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Brackett Bar's Snow Biz event from January 2013.
Brackett Bar's Snow Biz event from January 2013.

In Wisconsin there are nearly 19,000 miles of dedicated snowmobile trails. That’s enough to stretch from Green Bay to Los Angeles... twelve times over.

As a Wisconsinite, you should be familiar with snowmobile crossing signs dotting our state’s many fine highways. What you may not be as familiar with – I certainly wasn’t –  is just how massively popular snowmobiling actually is here, and the special connection Wisconsin has with the activity. Over at Discover Wisconsin’s blog, Chad Diedrick has compiled a list of nine fascinating statistics about the sport and its presence in Wisconsin. For instance, in Wisconsin there are nearly 19,000 miles of dedicated snowmobile trails. That’s enough to stretch from Green Bay to Los Angeles and back twelve times over. Snowmobile clubs are the backbone of the hobby, and are solely responsible for its its existence by maintaining all of the state’s trails. The snowmobile (or the “motor toboggan” as it was originally dubbed and still should be) was invented in Wisconsin almost a century ago. So not only is snowmobiling a popular Sconnie activity, but it's proven itself a timeless one as well.

Check out more snowmobiling stats here.