Dane County officials said Monday that even though there is snow on the ground, the snowmobile trails will not open before Dec. 1.
Once trails are ready for use, the trail opening policy requires a minimum of six inches of snow for the trail base along with an extended time below freezing temperatures, according to a release.
More than 500 miles of snowmobile trails are a winter destination in Dane County, and the county works closely with the Dane County Council of Snowmobile Clubs to groom and maintain the trail system, officials said.
Other winter recreational opportunities in Dane County include skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and winter hiking.
Dane County and the city of Madison provide over 30 miles of maintained and groomed cross country ski trails, according to the release. A Ski Trail Permit is required to use the designated trails.