Last weekend we had a couple crews out to begin the process of picking up trail signs. We are planning to finish the job this weekend. What is left is Wild Rice south to Christine, west to Walcott then back north to Horace.
If you can help, meet at Casey’s in Horace this Saturday at 9am. If you have a 4-wheeler bring it. If you have fluorescent/high-vis clothing, wear it.
We also have two trailer loads of signs from last weekend’s effort that will need to be transferred into the sign trailer as part of finishing the job.
Our next club meeting will be held Wednesday, April 7th at 7pm at the Horace Fire Hall.
The end of the season is upon us so primary discussion will be around trail sign removal, groomer maintenance/storage. These are big jobs that benefit from more volunteers so stay tuned for timing of these efforts and join in on the fun. Yes I said the fun, it really is more fun when more volunteers share the load.
We will also be holding club board elections at this meeting. Installing new board members in the spring allows the club to begin preparations for next season so this is activity is important for the future of the club. There is no better way to have an impact on advancing the sport of snowmobiling locally than to get involved in the leadership of your local snowmobile club. Take some time to think about how you could help the club by sharing your expertise as a board member.
Wow, its already March and time for our monthly club meeting. The meeting will be at 7pm at the Horace Fire Hall.
Topics will include a review of the State Ride event held in early February and ongoing club business leading into the end of the season.
Yes, I mentioned end of the season. We are now in the last month of the trail season and the less than ideal snow conditions we have had are quickly deteriorating. Hopefully we can find some opportunities for more riding before its all gone.
In true ND fashion, the Red River Sno-Riders and Rural Cass snowmobile clubs have decided to do the best we can with what we have. It is true, we won’t have the great snow conditions we all were hoping for but we will be working to groom what we can. All Sno-Riders trails will be groomed with the exception of the link between Walcott and Kindred. Rural class will be grooming from Davenport north through Mapleton and on to Harwood. Here is another/final update on the event details.
Stop in at any of 4 registration locations between 9am-4pm to get registered.
Harwood Grill & Saloon
Wild Rice Bar & Grill
Brewzers – Walcott
Hagge’s – Mapleton
$20 per snowmobile (5 tickets)
+ $5 for 2-up snowmobile rider (5 tickets)
$20 per person if driving (5 tickets)
$1 per additional ticket after registration
Drop your tickets in buckets at any of these 10 locations by 4pm for chances at prizes – drawings will be conducted Sunday and winners notified by phone
Davenport Supper Club (open at 11am)
Big Erv’s – Horace (open at 10am)
Knickerbocker – Hickson (open at 11am)
Christine Liquors – (open at 10am)
Brandon’s Fort Saloon – Abercrombie (open at 11am)
Kindred Spirits Bar – (open at noon)
Brewzers – Walcott (open at 9am)
Wild Rice Bar (open at 9am)
Harwood Grill and Saloon (open at 9am)
Hagge’s – Mapleton (open at 9am)
And that’s not all. There is also a vintage show and swap meet associated with this event.
Hagges – Mapleton
Registration starts at 9am.
12 classes Trophies at noon
Vintage Ride after Trophy presentation
Hagges parking lot
Starts at 9am.
Free swap spots!
The clubs have not been able to hold the normal fundraisers due to Covid and we are doing our best with this event to allow people to stay safe by having multiple registration sites and a delayed prize drawing. It is a bit unconventional but we believe it will still allow for a fun event. We hope you can find time to join us in support of those that support snowmobiling.
Next club meeting is Wed Feb 3rd at 7pm at the Horace fire hall.
State ride is this weekend and will be the primary focus of discussion at this meeting. An update of trail conditions will be an important aspect for this event. Although local snowfall has been less than great, the small snow events along with some wind has been slowly improving the overall conditions. There has been some initial grooming completed on our eastern trails where the snow is more adequate. With With more snow/wind on the way this week we are still hopeful to be able to get the entire system open for the weekend.
Keep watching for updated details for the state ride here and on Facebook.
Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting and at the State Ride.
We have been talking about the State Ride for a long time and its now just over a week away. We have been working hard to find alternatives to host this event in a way that does not require attendees to congregate in a large group. To that end we will have multiple registration sites and we will do the drawings for prizes at a later date. Kind of weird we know, but we believe it will allow everyone to have fun while keeping safe.
Here is a flyer with the information we are currently broadcasting but stay tuned here and/or on Facebook for additional details/updates. Keep in mind, this event is across the Red River Sno-Riders and Rural Cass trail systems so there is a lot of opportunity to social distance. 🙂
So ride or trailer to a registration site and register for the event which will get you tickets. Each trail stop will have a prize identified on a bucket, drop a ticket (or tickets) into the bucket for a chance at that prize. Registration will open at 9am and we will pick up the buckets at 4pm. Drawing winners will be contacted by phone.
In conjunction with the state ride there will also be a Vintage show and swap meet. Below is the current information for that portion of the event. Again stay tuned…
Happy New Year to all. Our next club meeting is Wednesday, January 6th at 7pm at the Horace Fire Station.
The State Ride is now only a month away (Saturday, Feb 6th) so the primary focus will be solidifying event plans.
Where’s the snow?
After early snows in October, it appears mother nature has been holding out on us. Although our trails do have some snow cover (there certainly has been a lot of riding activity in the area in the past week) we are not yet at a point where we can begin grooming operations. We need to be able to create a minimum 4″ base (after grooming) to open the trail and much of the system just does not have the snow to do it yet. Guess we’ll just need to remain patient.
As a reminder, official trail condition information can be found using links from the “Trail Conditions” section on this site. Click on the Trail Information tab or here for general trail information.
As you know, we canceled our Annual Kickoff Party fundraiser/membership drive event due to Covid. Prior to cancelling the event we had made progress on gathering donations so we wanted to reiterate that those donations will be used for the State Ride event on Feb 6th.
Thank you to these businesses that have already made donations.
Brandon’s Fort Saloon, Abercrombie
Brewzers Bar, Walcott
Carpet Garage, West Fargo
Christine Liquors, Christine
Dakota Cat Motorsports, West Fargo
Davenport Supper Club, Davenport
Hank’s Specialties Inc, Fargo
Kindred Spirits Bar & Grill, Kindred
Luther Family Ford, Fargo
Miesen Flooring, Fargo
Nail Concepts, Fargo
Pepper’s Sports Cafe, Fargo
Scheels All Sports, Fargo
Speedwerx, Forest Lake MN
University Motors, Fargo
We hope to continue building this list through January as we continue to prepare for the State Ride. Its going to be a great time so mark your calendars and plan to take part. Lots more details to come so stay tuned.
The possibility of a white Christmas on our trail system is looking a bit bleak at the moment. If you haven’t been doing your snow dance it is well past time to start so please do us all a favor and get after it. 🙂
Please read the following communication to see the wonderful opportunity Cass County Sherriff’s Department is spearheading to help young snowmobilers get on the right track to enjoying the sport in a safe manner.
Please see the Information below. We will be partnering with North Dakota Parks and some Rural Fire Departments to put on a Snowmobile Safety Course. Please help us spread the word. Thank you!!
There might not be any snow at the moment, but we all know how quickly that can change in North Dakota. To ensure that we keep our youth safe in the operation of snowmobiles, we are partnering with rural fire departments, rule ems personnel, and the North Dakota Parks and Recreation to host snowmobile safety courses for ages ten and older.
-December 28, Central Cass @ 10 am
-December 28, Horace Fire Hall @ 3 pm
-December 29, Northern Cass @ 10 am
-December 29, Buffalo Fire Hall @ 3 pm
The four classes listed above are FREE! Pre-register online here:
North Dakota law requires youth ages ten and older who do not have a valid driver’s license or permit to take a safety certification class. Those 10 and 11 also need to be directly supervised by a parent or guardian while on public lands. The certification is needed to legally operate a snowmobile on any public land, including the state snowmobile trail system and ditches.
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the meeting.
The club currently has 31 members. Of the 31 memberships, 17 are new members which means there are a number of past members that have not sent in their renewal. Every membership has an impact on your club’s ability to maintain your local trails. With not being able to have our annual kickoff party (which is also our annual fund raiser and membership drive) we need you to take an active role in renewing your membership. If you have not yet done so, please take time now to renew your membership. Email us at email@example.com or message us on Facebook and we’ll do our best to make it quick and easy to get renewed.
Trail signing is complete and we are waiting for inspection by the state which is needed to open the trail system…well that and a minimum 4″ base after grooming. The forecast is not too promising at the moment but we all know how quickly that can change so do your part and get your snow dance moves on.
The club will be doing a membership drive with prizes for membership renewals and new memberships, check us out on Facebook for details.
The East Central Valley Trail Association met on Dec 9th to continue planning for the State Ride on Feb 6th. The primary discussion was again focused on ways to host a successful and fun event while allowing for social distancing and other group size limitations that may be in place on Feb 6th. Our next steps continue to be identifying satellite host locations on our trail system to remove the need for event attendees to congregate in ways where covid guidance cannot be maintained. Its going to be a busy week and weekend as we will need to have both trail systems in the best possible shape and we also will need to be present at each of the satellite locations for the duration of the event. This is a long way of asking you to be ready and willing to step up to help make this event a success.
Club ride—The club is still looking into options for a club ride and what will work with covid as it is uncertain what will be open. More to come on this at the upcoming meeting(s).
Banners for club –Club member voted on and agreed to get a 3X8 and a 5X8 banner. Still looking into pricing and options before proceeding. More to info to be presented at next meeting.
ND Parks and Recreation Snowmobile Safety class tentatively set for Dec 28th from 2-4pm at Horace Fire Hall
Next club meeting will be Jan 6th , 2021 at 7 pm at Fire Hall in Horace