Every year our family looks forward to Thanksgiving weekend. Not only do we get to spend quality time with family and friends and enjoy a fantastic meal together, it also marks the unofficial start of snowmobile season for us for both racing and trail riding. Unfortunately, the event got fogged out for Sunday, but we had a lot of fun while it lasted!
This year was extra special as we got just a little bit of snow last week, so we were able to break out the SnoDozer 600 and run it around our property. The snow was heavy and wet as it often is in the early part of the season, and the SnoDozer performed PERFECTLY! A few pics below, or you can stop by our facebook page to check out some video of it in action! We can't wait for more snow so that we can have perfectly groomed trails on our property!
Some of our best memories are from trail riding. Tim grew up riding with his parents and brothers and sister and their friends and family all over the Midwest, and I rode mostly on property owned by friends in Northern Minnesota. This was during the late 60s and early 70s when clubs were just starting to form. Without the formation of those clubs to start grooming trails and developing trail systems, this activity we love so much might have just died off, but because of a few dedicated individuals, trails are abundant, and the sport lives on. All of the trails in the US are maintained by local clubs. There is no US Department of Snowmobile Trails, or State funded Snowmobile Trail Agency. It is dedicated local volunteers out there grooming the trails so that we can enjoy riding on smooth trails and in good conditions. We recently joined MNUSA as a business member, and we would encourage you to find your local club and join. The average snowmobiler spends about $4000 per year on snowmobile related recereational expenses (http://www.snowmobile.org/snowmobiling-statistics-and-facts.html) . Most clubs charge a small(under $100) fee to be a member each year. Those dollars go right back into your local area to pay for expenses related to grooming and maintaining those trails. It is a small price to pay to be able to enjoy the outdoors all winter long. Consider joining... consider volunteering. Our sport depends on it!
Please also see the following blog post from a MaxSled.com contributor encouraging local club membership:
Living in Northern Minnesota, we are used to long, cold winters. In fact, our family looks forward to them, Winter brings snowmobile ice racing for the kids, and trail riding for the adults. According to forecasters(, this winter is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory. A cold December means the ground should firm up nicely so that as soon as the snow hits, we can get out there and start grooming. In fact, we are forecast to get our first glimpse of the white stuff this weekend!
The above pic is from a trip Tim and I recently took to Lake of the Clouds in Michigan. We were able to ride on some pretty fantastic trails, but we did notice that some of the trails could have benefited from a SnoDozer groomer!
This year, I think the anticipation for snow has hit our house early. Our boys are anxious to get back to racing, and Tim and I are ready to hit the road to demo the SnoDozer! We have inventory ready for immediate delivery, so if your club is getting excited about the early season, and wants to be ready when the first flakes hit, give us a call. Also, if you are interested in a demo, give me a call or send me an email to be included on the invite list for demos in your area.