EAGLE RIVER - As the temperatures start to drop, snowmobilers start gearing up.
But before they hit the trails this winter, volunteers will go over every inch of them in Vilas County to make sure they're ready for riders.
"A lot of people don't know what goes into brushing and getting the trails ready for the season," said Sno-Eagles Trail Boss Brian Scheid.
The Sno-Eagles Trail Boss and three other club members spend every Thursday morning driving through the Eagle River snowmobile trail system checking for downed trees, low-hanging branches, and knocked down signs.
"It takes a lot of work," said volunteer and club member Bugs Mathieu.
Mathieu sees the work as the price he has to pay to enjoy the sport he loves.
"Somebody's got to do it. I'm available. I'm retired," said Mathieu.
Scheid would love to have more people with that attitude come join them.
"It's a lot of volunteer hours and we need more people to help," said Scheid.
By the end of November, they'll have checked more than a hundred miles.
All so they can have those trails ready to go as soon as the snow flies.
The Vilas County snowmobile trail systems opens up December 12 if there's enough snow.
If you'd like to volunteer or join the Sno-Eagles, follow the link below.