In the winter, people flock to Vilas County for snowmobiling. The county has all the ingredients of a great snowmobiling destination: a vast network of trails, large amounts of snow every winter and amazing scenery. Some people who are new to the sport don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, it’s easier and even more fun than you think. First, learn the ropes. The state Department of Natural Resources recommends that everyone who is new to snowmobiling take a safety course; it’s the law if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1985. For more information about Wisconsin’s snowmobile laws, visit the DNR’s website. Once you’re briefed on the basics, head to a Vilas County snowmobile rental shop. They’ll get you set up with a machine and helmet – make sure to dress warmly. Although modern snowmobiles have conveniences like hand warmers, the wind can really cool you off when you’re up to speed. A warm jacket, boots and gloves will help keep you toasty. You can explore trails anywhere in the county, but you might want to plan your trip near rental spots in communities like St. Germain, Boulder Junction and Eagle River. You can also check with local clubs to see if there are any ride-alongs happening.