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Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association working to create new ski trail

Story By Kyle Pozorski
Local News Published 10/11/2021 10:09AM, Last Updated 10/11/2021 6:32PM
Woodboro - Silent sports aren't always quiet as could be heard by some noisy work being done out in the woods in Oneida County. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association has been working to make skiing facilities more accessible to more people before winter arrives.

"Today's gonna be a very physical day," said RASTA President Scott Watson. He and RASTA members are working to clear the way for the new ski trail deep in the Washburn Silent Sports Area. 

"This is gonna help create an easy link between here, the shelter, the trail head, and some easy trails on the east end of our skiing system," said Watson. The RASTA president says that the new trail is much needed for skiers who wish to enjoy the silent sports area.

"In the current time you have to be an intermediate skier to ski those trails and come back, and this is gonna open it up for beginner skiers to be able to ski east and west and enjoy the easier trails and come back," Watson said. 

Watson says during the times we're currently living in, RASTA was uncertain if volunteers would show up due to health concerns related to COVID-19, but the organization has experienced great turnout. 

"We were worried about sort of people not showing up or maybe not volunteering, maybe not contributing," he said. "It's been the complete opposite with the outdoors. I think folks have really gotten a strong sense of how important these outdoors facilities are."

Clearing the trails takes some time. For the past few weeks volunteers have been cutting large trees to make way for the new ski route, which was one formerly used for bikes. Watson says that the silent sports community has been a big help in making sure the trails are as nice as they can be. 

 "It is sort of a family," Watson said. "It's just a community." He believes the new trail just adds to that community.

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