Region reporters tell you the latest.
Greetings from the snow belt North Country. Today is August 14 and the high temperature is forecasted to reach the low 90’s. It’s hardly snowmobile weather, but that doesn’t stop any of us from daydreaming about what’s to come. The combines have begun to roll and the chirp of happy crickets tells us a change in the season is coming. By the time this issue is published, perhaps we’ve already experienced a frost and we’re that much closer to signing trails and bringing the sleds home for the upcoming winter. I wish I could say the Fritz family fleet of Ski-Doo’s are ready to rock when the first snow comes, but that’s not the case. My main machine, a 2010 MXZ XRS ditch terrorist, is giving me ignition issues and will have to be looked at by a dealer. I’m sure a few readers are mentally poking fun at me and that’s ok. That XRS has provided me countless hours of powder sharking, ditch slaying, high flying, slough sinking action! If you haven’t already got parts on order or your machine serviced out, I would recommend getting it taken care of BEFORE the first snowfall. This is also a good time to replace the batteries in your avalanche beacon and GPS units which have been packed away in your damp basement all winter. It’s always a good idea to change batteries each season. Never know, it could save you a night on the mountain or even your life.
There has been talk of a 2015 Revelstoke trip within our party and that’s exciting! I’ve never been there before and heard the snow is wicked deep. I’m currently nursing a broken ankle and hope my snowmobile season won’t be cut short on account of it. Does anybody else have trips planned? I sure hope you do. Make sure to take plenty of video and pictures. Perhaps you could even submit a story of your next adventure?
Make sure to pay attention to the upcoming legislation session. SND has been busy working to get a few changes made. More discussion on this to follow. This years Convention will be held in Minot at the Grand International Inn Oct 31-Nov 2. The Gasmann Coulee Cruisers will be hosting the event. The Northern Lights Trailblazers have won the traveling trophy the last two years for best convention attendance!! This year we’ll be celebrating with the Knain family from Rugby as they accept the “Family of the Year award!” See you there!