News from Women on Snow
❄❄❄After many years of being on the Women on Snow board Judy Pacanowski will be retiring after this event. The person that will be taking over the Pink group will be very familiar to you – we welcome Lisa Herrick as a new board member! Georgia Henricks will also be retiring after this year’s event- another familiar face will be taking over as leader of the Orange group-Jacki Hildebrandt. We welcome Judy Welch as a new board member- Judy will be leading the Black group. We also welcome Lela Laurent to the board. There will be some new faces but the same fun! We couldn’t do it without the support of all of you! Please do the snow dance!!!
❄❄❄The board members of Women on Snow have decided to proceed with the planning of the 2021 Weekend (Jan 29-31) and Tour (Feb 1-3). However, due to these uncertain times, we will delay putting the registration information on our website and Facebook page until November. The registration deadline will remain December 15. We, along with the staff at Eagle Waters, are committed to do all we can to make this a safe and fun event. In mid July, a survey to vote for the 2021 theme will be available on our Facebook page; you will have two weeks to give us your choice. We are looking forward to snowmobile season, and seeing all of you again.
❄❄❄January 24-26, 2020 marked the 34th annual Women on Snow weekend. The 96 women experienced snowmobile trail riding at its finest. The temperature was moderate (+50 degrees warmer than the previous year), and the trails in Vilas and Oneida Counties were phenomenal. On Friday, the six groups each rode to dinner at local restaurants which included Sportsmen’s Chalet, Club DeNoyer, Catch 22, and Spang’s. Saturday morning, three groups headed west to Thunderbird in St. Germain for a pit stop, then to lunch at Chef Rene’s at the Inn. The remaining three groups rode north to Burnt Bridge in Conover for their pit stop before meeting the others for lunch. All the groups returned by Saturday afternoon for the banquet at Eagle Waters.
❄❄❄The theme this year was “Pajama Party”. Laura, the staff at Eagle Waters, and DJ Justin Pitlik did a wonderful job hosting our Saturday Night Banquet. A tradition is the hat ceremony where the 15 new girls, who are affectionately referred to as funewgees, trade in their pink hat for the black one. Thanks to our many sponsors and supporters for the great door and special prizes we awarded throughout the weekend.
❄❄❄The WOS Tour 2020 group headed to the Pea Patch in Manitowish Waters for a three-day saddlebag trip. Judy Pacanowski and Sharon WeMett shared leading the group through Vilas and Iron County trails; Bev Dittmar and Carla Klein drove the support vehicle. There were four first-time tour riders this year. The group of 12 logged in almost 300 miles on the trip.
❄❄❄Bev Dittmar, one of the original Women on Snow hostesses, announced her retirement from the Women on Snow Board in 2020. She has made such a difference, not only to women snowmobilers, but to the sport in general. Bev was the recipient of the 2018 AWSC Snowmobiler of the Year award.
❄❄❄ The women who attended the weekend donated over $2000, through a special raffle and 50/50 drawing. This money was given to the snowmobile clubs whose trails we rode on throughout the weekend: Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club of St. Germain, Conover Sno-Buddies, Northern Lights Snowmobile Club of Three Lakes, Sayner Barnstormers, Sno-Eagles, Inc. of Eagle River, and the Sugar Camp Snowmobile Club. We really appreciate what they do for our trail system!
❄❄❄The beautiful Eagle Waters Resort will again be the host location for Women on Snow in 2021. This historical resort is located on Eagle Lake, part of the 28-lake chain; their Kee-Mi-Con Lodge at Eagle Waters has 24 Northwoods-style lodging units perfect for our event. Check out their web site at http://www.eaglewaters.com.
❄❄❄”The Funewgee Finder Reward” was a success, and it will be continued for next year. If a friend you refer attends the WOS 2021 Weekend for the first time, you will receive a $10 credit toward your registration for 2022. (BTW, a funewgee is a “fun new girl.”