By Brandon Enroth
The lack of snowfall has had an effect on outdoor activities throughout the area so far in 2017. The Crossroads at Big Creek is just one of the outdoor venues which have canceled many activities due to the lack of snow. Snowmobile trails have been consistently closed throughout the area due to the lack of snow. Executive Director Coggin Herringa says that despite trail maintenance efforts, the trails just are not sufficient enough for them to be open.
According to the Wisconsin Climatology Office, the state of Wisconsin has projected more than 50 inches of snow to accumulate for the winter of 2017. Their records currently show that the amount of snowfall accumulation sits at just over 22 inches from November 2016 until January 1st of 2017. Herringa says that until there is enough snowfall so that the staff can put down tracks, that the cross country ski trails will have to remain closed. Cross-country skiing trails and snowmobile trails will continue to stay closed until a large enough amount of snowfall precipitation can help with the maintaining of the trails.