Welcome to the new season. The first blog post of the season generally occurs quite a bit earlier but it has been a busier than normal fall since we are working to get new trail maps prepared. Regardless of the latency of this first post we members and volunteers of your local snowmobile club have been preparing for the upcoming season for a couple months now and like you are looking forward to the promise of a fun and safe snowmobiling season. The past several seasons have been pretty lackluster but keep the faith, its sure to turn around and when it does, we will be ready.
So what’s going on? Here are some things to be aware of and some opportunities to get involved.
Trail signing was started the first weekend of November and we are hoping to be able to wrap it up this Saturday, Nov 17th. We have about 35 miles left to cover, which is somewhere around 400 signs so we can certainly use more volunteers to get the job done.
We will be assembling at Casey’s in Horace at 9:30am then traveling to Christine with the plan to sign from Christine to Walcott to Kindred to Davenport to County 17. Please consider volunteering some time to help out this weekend. We’ll be easy to spot on this route so you won’t have a problem finding us if you can only help out for a couple hours near your home area.
Our club will again have representation at the State Snowmobile Convention in Minot Nov30-Dec1. This is an opportunity to collaborate with other clubs in the state and share ideas. Attendees will also be renewing Groomer Operator and Trail Signing certifications. Have ideas/concerns you would like voiced at the state level? Feel free to let us know.
Annual Kickoff Party – Saturday Dec. 8th
Save the date. Each year we hold our Kickoff Party as a fundraiser and membership drive to help cover costs for trail installation and maintenance. This year’s event will be held at Big Erv’s in Horace from 5-8pm. You can be sure it will be a great time with lots of raffles and door prizes.
This is an easy and fun way to support your local snowmobiling club. Attending also comes with a bonus in that you can come away with some sweet prizes. Hope to see you there.
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 email@example.com 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.