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.