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.
Another summer is past and the promise of a fantastic snowmobile season is before us. Fantastic? Well maybe we should set more realistic expectations and wish for a normal winter. You know, a winter where we can ride at every opportunity rather than a day here or there between those frustrating thaws. Wouldn’t that be great? Absolutely, so we’d better start preparing!
Club meeting – Tuesday Oct. 3rd
This will be our first club meeting of the new season. We’ll meet at 7pm at the Wild Rice Bar & Grill. The primary agenda is to set season goals and initiate a plan to achieve them. Its always a good time to join your local club but right now is when you can have the biggest impact. We have a handful of dedicated individuals that each year go the extra mile (risking burnout) just to achieve the minimum club goals. More club activities requires more club involvement. Come join us and help make this a great year.
It’s time for the last meeting of the season. Join us at 7pm at the Wild Rice Bar & Grill.
At this meeting we will put a wrap on this season and start prepping for the next. The agenda includes:
- Groomer equipment maintenance and storage update
- End of season reporting to the state
- Committee elections
- Initial plan for next season
Next season seems a long way away but its never too early to starting thinking about getting involved in your local club. This is a great time to get involved and help set the direction for the next year. Hope to see you there.
Groomer drag maintenance this weekend
We finally were able to get the materials needed to replace the plastic on the drag pan. Lavoy and Tony got a start on the project last weekend by removing the old plastic. On Saturday we will be doing the work to put the new plastic on and rebuild/reposition the skid plates. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you can help, contact us through Facebook or email us at email@example.com.
We had a great and safe day out on the trail system picking up trail signs on Saturday. By mid afternoon we had completed sign retrieval and had all signs repaired and stored for the off-season.
Thanks to everyone who showed up to help. Garrison, Kevin, Bryan, Lavoy, Ian, Matt & Regan in the picture with John behind the camera. Steve and Matt helped as well but were not able to stick around for lunch. This is a perfect example of the old adage “Many hands make light work”. Your commitment to helping the club is greatly appreciated.
If you see these guys around be sure to give them a personal thank you for their efforts.
One more cool bit of news. Bryan was able to secure an LED beacon for our signing trailer for added safety. It’s wired into the trailer’s electrical system so with the flip of a switch we are lit up and much more visible to traffic as we move along the trail system.
Is that it for the season?
Not quite. Turns out we have one more big job to complete. The pan on our grooming drag needs new plastic. This plastic is what protects the metal pan that levels the snow so it’s a large piece of material. We are pushing to get it replaced prior to moving everything to summer storage, we just need to get the new plastic from storage in Bismarck. If you are making a trip through Bismarck and could help us out please let us know via Facebook or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have our final club meeting of the season on Tuesday, May 2nd. The agenda will include committee elections and a laying out a rough plan for next season. Start thinking about getting involved.
Trail sign pickup is the one of our biggest tasks so we can use all the help we can get. Whether for the whole day or a couple hours, please consider helping out. We will be meeting at Casey’s in Horace at 9am Saturday morning. If you have a 4 wheeler, throw on a helmet and bring it along as it really helps expedite the process. No problem if you can’t meet at 9am, just contact us by email or Facebook and we’ll figure out way to meet out on the trail.
Grooming equipment maintenance update
We were able to complete the normal end of season maintenance on the groomer and drag this past weekend. There are additional tasks left on each that we will continue to work on prior to summer storage but overall we are in pretty good shape. Thanks to Tony, Allen, Lavoy, Ean & John for spending time on this important work. Special thanks to Lavoy for sharing his shop and tools.
Groomer Maintenance – Sat, Apr. 1st
We are preparing for end of season maintenance on the grooming equipment and actually are ready to go for getting the job done tomorrow. I know its late notice but if you were in the groomer class this past winter and want a chance to learn a bit about the equipment you will be running, this is a great opportunity to get a closer look. We’ll be starting in the morning…drop us a note on Facebook if you are interested.
Trail Sign Removal – Sat, Apr. 8-9th
This is the 2nd biggest task of our season and we can use your help. With the warm, dry weather we have been experiencing, the ditches and road shoulders are drying up pretty well so we are expecting to be able to start the process of dismantling the trail system next weekend. We always want to get the signs picked up as soon as possible to ensure we are not in the way of any farming activities. The more help we can get, the better. More details will be coming next week.
Drop us an email or message us on Facebook and let us know when you can help. If you’ve got a 4-wheeler bring it along as it definitely helps expedite the process.
Club Meeting – Tues, Apr. 4th
Our next club meeting will be at 7pm next Tuesday at the Wild Rice Bar & Grill. The primary agenda will be end of season tasks but we will also be discussing plans for next season. This is a great time to get involved and help steer the club into the future. We’ve heard a lot of good ideas from you, now we need your help to make them reality. Hope to see you there.
2018 Snowmobile Manufacturers Sneak Peak – Mon, Apr 3rd
Get to the FargoDome next Monday to check out the 2018 snowmobile models first hand. The show is from 4-9pm. Visit https://snowsneakpeek.com for more info.
Next club meeting is at the Wild Rice Bar & Grill on Tuesday, March 7th at 7pm.
The agenda will be focused on end of season planning. The state trail system officially closes April 1st so we will be scheduling trail sign removal and trail groomer maintenance efforts.
Another interesting season
Its been an interesting season so far. At least we got the trail system opened and groomed a couple times before the January heat wave and subsequent mild weather knocked us out. Another year of minimal winter and extended spring in our region…ugh!!! Hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy trails in other parts of the state. Either way we all need to keep the faith and look forward to the next chance to ride…whenever that may be.
Whatever the season’s outcome, the club has the same amount of startup and shutdown efforts to get accomplished and we need your help. Please consider joining us at the next meeting and see how you can get involved to make a difference or even just share a couple hours to help with trail teardown this spring. Any help is appreciated…and you can brag to your buddies that you did something to help the club that makes the local trail system they ride on possible.
2018 Snowmobile Manufacturers Sneak Peak
Fargo will once again be a stop on the annual snowmobile sneak peak tour. This is an opportunity to see the 2018 snowmobile models first hand and interact with manufacturer representatives. This years event is Wednesday, April 3rd from 4-9pm at the FargoDome. Visit https://snowsneakpeek.com for more info.
Check out the local dealerships too as there have been some 2018 models showing up in town already. Its never too early to start thinking about new hardware for next season and there’s no one better than your local dealership to answer your questions and help make it happen.