We are at the end of another season. As usual it has been a busy spring with lots of work to get the season closed down. Thanks to all who volunteered their time and talent to get the job done. Without you there is no trail system.
We once again had a good crew to complete groomer spring maintenance. Thanks to Ian, Devin, Lavoy, Randy, Kevin, Steve, Tony and John. Its great to have a group of mechanically capable individuals willing to work together to keep our most important piece of equipment in top condition and “at the ready” for next season.
Special thanks to Lavoy for rebuilding the rear axle on the drag. We’ve been getting by with it for a few seasons and it was definitely in need of replacement. Thank you for taking on this task and knocking it out of the park!!!
Trail Sign Removal
This past weekend we were able to retrieve the signs from the trail system. With the late season snows and cold this job got pushed back a few weeks but we were still able to get the signage out of the way before area farmers got going (always an important consideration for our trail signage installation and removal timing). Once again we had a capable and hardworking crew and lucked out with a beautiful day. Thanks to Kyle, Garrison, Regan, Adam, Gus, John, Brian, Matt and Kevin for getting this big job knocked out of the way.
And That’s a Wrap
Groomer, drag and sign trailer have been stored for the summer and the past season laid to rest. Our focus now turns to planning and preparation for next season…as they say, no rest for the weary.
We hope you were able to get out and enjoy the trails this season and in doing so, we also hope you took a moment to think about the effort it takes to make the trail system possible. As you reflect on past seasons and trail riding experiences with friends and family, please consider your role in the future of snowmobiling. Without snowmobilers there is no reason to have a trail system. Without volunteers there is no trail system. What are you willing to do to ensure future trail riding experiences are possible?
Trail Status and Conditions
We are getting closer to having enough snow to open the trails. Pay attention to the official trail status and conditions available on the Snowmobile ND site and use this information as your guide to trail closures and conditions. Also check out the “Grooming Facts” section on our Trail Information page for additional information.
Interactive Trail Map
Trail groomers are now equipped with GPS units to track their progress as the trail system is groomed. Visit the interactive trail map and use it as another tool to understand the conditions of your favorite trails.
An important reminder for all riders is to be sure to allow the trail time to setup after grooming. Without setup time, a freshly groomed trail can be trashed by a single rider…don’t be “that guy”. Several factors affect trail setup time but 2 hours is generally the minimum. Be the guy that helps other riders understand the importance of waiting for the trail to set up so we can all enjoy the efforts of the trail groomer.
There are two temporary changes on our trail system due to ongoing work related to the Fargo diversion.
State highway 81 north of Hickson
The trail detours off of highway 81 and heads west at 50th St SE and then curves south on Main Ave to meet up with highway 81 at the north edge of Hickson. The area of highway 81 being avoided is an active construction zone and as such contains several hazards that forced a detour. Please follow trail markings.
Intersection of county highways 16 and 17 south of Horace
Be aware the trail crosses county highway 17 about 3/4 mile north of the intersection with county highway 16. The highway traffic speed limit is reduced in this area but your safety is still your responsibility. Pay attention to the signs that guide you across the highway, especially the stop signs.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Wishes for a wonderful and safe holiday season from the Red River Sno-Riders.
Kickoff Party 2017 is in the books
Thank you to all that came out to our annual kickoff party last Saturday evening. We hope you enjoyed your time with us and went home with some nice stuff.
Once again this year we had several businesses donate items for this event. Their generosity and support is critical to the club’s ability to maintain the trail system. Be sure to visit and thank these businesses for their generosity.
|Arctic Cat – Thief River Falls, MN
||Holiday Inn – Fargo
|Bernie’s Liquors – Fargo
||Kindred Spirits Bar & Grill – Kindred
|Beverage Wholesalers – Fargo
||Knickerbocker Liquor Locker – Hickson
|Big Erv’s – Horace
||Legendary Motorsports – Fargo
|Bikeman Performance – St. Croix Falls, WI
||Microsoft – Fargo
|Christine Liquors – Christine
||Quality Meats & Seafood – Fargo
|D&S Beverages – Fargo
||Red River Regional Marksmanship Center – West Fargo
|Dakota Cat – West Fargo
||Republic National Liquor Distributors – Fargo
||Speedwerx – Forest Lake, MN
|Davenport Supper Club – Davenport
||University Motors – Fargo
|Fort Saloon – Abercrombie
||Ultimate Transportation – Fargo
|Food Services of America – Fargo
||Wheels Inc. – Fargo
|Granite City – Fargo
||Wild Rice Bar & Grill – Wild Rice
Also thanks goes to the club members who volunteered their time to helped make this event a reality. Allen, Thomas and Tony Cullen, Lavoy Wilcox, Kevin Sandness, Steve and John Altendorf, Randy Schatz, Garrison Miller, Brian Mullenberg, Gus & John Ries. It takes a good crew to pull off any event and you guys stepped up an got it done.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend our annual Kickoff Party. This event is the easiest and most fun way to support your local snowmobile club. We hope to see you there.
Well almost. There are a couple small areas that we needed to skip due to road construction and corn harvest but we are really, I mean REALLY close to complete.
Saturday’s weather made it a real struggle. After a delay to let the roads melt off we were greeted with an afternoon of persistent drizzle. If you thought it was a miserable day to be out, you were right. We were all a bit soggy by the end of the day but also pretty proud that we persevered and made a lot of progress. Sunday was colder but at least it was dry. Thankfully the wind wasn’t beating us up. The past few years we have been pretty lucky with the weather so I guess it was time to for some payback. 🙂
We had 12 different people help over the weekend. Thank you to Matt L, Kevin J, Kevin S, Regan M, Garrison M, Lavoy W, Randy S, Steve A, Troy M, Gus R, Brian M and John R. You’re a hard working bunch and without your dedication there is no trail.
Now onto the next big project, the Annual Kickoff Party which will be held Saturday, Dec 2nd. Our next club meeting (Tuesday Nov 11th at 7pm) will focus on planning for this event. Hope you can join us and help make this event a success and fun for all.
Trail Signing starts Saturday, Nov. 4th
We will be meeting at 9:30am at Casey’s in Horace.
Once assembled we will determine how many crews we can send out and which areas each crew will cover. If you have a 4-wheeler please bring it along as they provide a real boost to efficiency. If you have safety clothing (fluorescent yellow or orange) bring that along as well. We will have some available but want to make sure everyone is as visible as possible for safety.
Can’t commit to the whole project? That’s fine too. Any time you can provide would be great. Contact us via Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your schedule and we can exchange contact info to ensure we can meet somewhere on the trail.
Club Meeting – Tuesday, Nov. 7th
Our next club meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 7pm at the Wild Rice Bar & Grill. The primary agenda item will be Kickoff Party planning. Hope to see you there.
With the start of the season drawing near we all need to get prepared. Of course we all realize the importance of getting our equipment and gear prepped for the fun that is sure to come. But as mature and responsible enthusiasts we understand that we are part of something larger than ourselves. Part of a community focused on creating and protecting snowmobiling opportunities at the local, state and national levels. We each will choose our personal level of involvement in this community but at a minimum there are a couple important tasks we each need to get knocked off our TODO lists in support of that community. Here they are:
The ND snowmobile registration cycle is 2 years and this is the year for renewals. Why is this important? Without snowmobile registrations, there is no state snowmobiling program. Its that simple.
The registration fee we pay is only part of the program’s funding equation. The number of registered sleds is also an important factor in calculating the funding that will be made available through the state’s parks and recreation department. Bigger registration numbers is also an indicator used to help legislators understand the importance of snowmobiling in the state. The bottom line is fewer registered sleds means inadequate funding and a lower perceived value in the legislature. Does that sound good to you? Me neither. Don’t wait, get your sleds registered.
Snowmobile Club Membership
Local snowmobile clubs and their volunteers are the backbone of the snowmobiling community. Memberships are critical to the ability of these clubs to establish and maintain trail systems. We need the support of local snowmobilers to do what we do. Becoming a member or renewing your membership is one way to show that support and help provide the resources and representation needed to sustain our local trail system. You’ve heard it many times, we cannot do it without your support.
Membership cards are available on our trail maps, at several sponsors as well as on our web site by clicking here.
The annual membership fee is $30 again for this season. Same for individual or family membership. By paying your membership before Dec 1st you also will be automatically subscribed to the state’s SnoDak news publication so don’t wait.
Saturday, Nov 4th – Tentative Trail Signing Start – Each year we do our best to wait for the bulk of the field work to complete before we start setting trail signs. This year is no different. We’ll need to take a look at the fieldwork adjacent to the trail system and will make a go/no go decision by the middle of next week. Stay tuned.
Saturday, Nov 18th – Trail Signing – We will begin (or continue) signing by this date for sure. This is our latest start date to have a good chance to get signs in the ground before too much frost/snowfall.
Saturday, Dec 2nd – Kickoff Party – Mark your calendars now for this annual club event. It’s always a good time and there are always lots of cool raffle prizes and giveaways.