About Trailmates Snowmobile Club
Founded in March 1969, Trailmates Snowmobile Club is today over 245 member-families strong, based in Wausau, Wisconsin and hosts the annual Wausau Snowmobile Grass Drags & Swap Meet with volunteer help from our many members, their families along with key local and regional sponsors. Powersports vendors, racers and those with snowmobile and/or ATV/UTV-related products to sell or swap come from many Midwestern US states and provinces of Canada arriving at the event every year attracting many local enthusiasts as well as those from all around the region looking to watch fast action snowmobile racing on the grass racetrack and purchase related powersports parts, clothing, accessories and vehicles; Both new and used. The Wausau Snowmobile Grass Drags & Swap Meet is Wisconsin's LARGEST snowmobile and ATV/UTV swap meet event and continues to receive favorable fan reviews and mentions on various travel sites, in local media and among many online powersports community forums and social sites. The event continues to be featured regularly each year by www.travelwisconsin.com, the official website of Tourism for the State of Wisconsin.
Trailmates Club Officers
Randy Thurs - President
Al Zahrt - Vice President
Dave Oberbeck - Treasurer
Susan Oberbeck - Secretary
Trailmates Club Board Members
All Trailmates Club Officers and Board Members are elected positions open to current Trailmates club members. All Officers and Board Members serve voluntarily for their annual term with elections each March when the Annual meeting is held. For Trailmates club meeting schedule, see our events page. We also welcome you to join us as a club member. New members are always welcome. Thank you for your support!
Trailmates Club Shed, located in the Village of Maine, WI is our meeting headquarters and one of over 25 public Park & Ride snowmobile Marathon County Snowmobile Trail Map locations to access trails throughout Marathon County. Many locations are located near fuel & other services. Use our search utility there to find one of interest to you in the area or in any specific zone(s).
Trailmates Snowmobile Club is a 100% member of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) and supports its legislative efforts as part of that organizations' 41,000+ members in representing more than 600 clubs for more than 50 years throughout the State of Wisconsin. There are nearly 1100 commercial (business) sponsors in support of snowmobiling statewide too, many of whom can be found on or near snowmobile trails and have products or services which cater to snowmobilers including, but not limited to, gas, food and lodging/hospitality services.
Trailmates Snowmobile Club has also won its share of notable awards and accolades, in both local and international recognition. Among these, most recently, the Club won the 2016 Wausau/Central Wisconsin IMPACT Award by the Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau (Wausau CVB), an award for a person, organization or business that has made a positive impact through tourism for the area community. Trailmates Snowmobile Club was also voted the International Snowmobile Club of the Year in 2011 by the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Like the IMPACT award, the International Snowmobile Club of the Year award was a very prestigious honor for the club to receive. The club continues work with and participate in the Marathon County Snowmobile Council, an organization of 28 other county-wide snowmobile clubs who work to promote snowmobile trail safety and responsible snowmobile operation by riders. Additionally, the snowmobile clubs of Marathon County have worked to maintain many generations of strong landowner relations to help preserve riding areas where trails travel and improve the longevity of the sport of snowmobiling in the area. The club and its members are also pleased to help support the Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship, an annual ice oval snowmobile race event held in Wausau in honor and memorial of snowmobile racer Phillip "Flip" Merwin #525 where proceeds from the race events benefit its charity to help kids and families of children in the area with critical illnesses.
By size comparison, Central Wisconsin's Marathon County (where we're based; highlighted on map) is the largest county in the state with a vast area of 1544 square miles; Over 300 square miles larger than the entire US state of Rhode Island! There are almost 900 miles of snowmobile trails to enjoy in all of Marathon County too; 863 to be exact, part of a network of over 25,000 total miles of snowmobile trails in the State of Wisconsin. When snowmobile trails open each winter, many unique scenic and statewide historical interests are explored by riders on snowmobile, connect snowmobilers of many ages, their families and friends with a thrilling outdoor Wisconsin experience and camaraderie.
Snowmobile trails in Wisconsin are possible because many landowners have given their permission to use their land. This private-public arrangement is similar for most snowmobile trails in Illinois, Michigan and most other Midwest US states where trails are maintained by the local snowmobile clubs statewide. Clubs like Trailmates provide trails for public use though volunteer efforts of club members. Trailmates Club volunteers work diligently to groom and maintain area trails for riders and promote safe snowmobiling throughout the County and in various club functions around the State of Wisconsin.
With its central location, the snowmobile trail network throughout Marathon County is a key link for riders to reach other popular destinations all around Wisconsin (and other states) via snowmobile. Strong powersports dealerships throughout the Central Wisconsin area sell and service each of the four (4) snowmobile brands (Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha) and have each won many awards for strong sales as well as excellent customer service and repairs. Direct links to all snowmobile manufacturers and supporting area dealerships appear at the bottom of this web page and throughout this website.