Kristie Thone - Region 5
The time is almost upon us! Hopefully we have our first snow! All the trails should be signed or just wrapping up. There is nothing better than a ride on a sunny, snowy, and beautiful North Dakota Day. Riding a groomed trail makes this all the more enjoyable. The signed and maintained North Dakota Trails Systems are a privilege and an accomplishment we can be proud of. For many years SND employees, volunteers, and NDPRD employees have worked to provide a trail system that is safe and enjoyable for all. It is up to you to make sure we keep this trail system safe for the riders; young and old, experienced or novice. When riding the trails please be sure to:
Leave the trail in the condition you found it. (pick up any trash, replace or fill in any large cleanouts)
Follow the rules of the trail. • Use your hand signals. If you don’t know them, learn them and use them. This is taught in all snowmobile safety classes, and is available on line at www.snowmobilend.com. • Follow the trail signs (safe passage markers are for your safety). Corridors are set so there are no hazards (a safe passage). Go “between” the signs. Respect the land owners. • Land next to and adjoining the trail is not part of the trail. The land owners have graciously agreed to have the trail cross their property. Please stay on the trail. Help keep the trail in the best condition possible. • Trails are groomed at night to give the trail time to harden and set up before anyone rides on them. This isn’t always possible, so if you see the trail is being groomed, please try to go the opposite direction or pass the groomer and get ahead. • Do not do “cleanouts” on the trail. If you have a mountain sled, please respect that the groomed trail is NOT deep powder in the mountains and refrain from digging ruts in and across the trail. This is disrespectful and dangerous. Imagine your child or significant other hitting one of the ruts and possibly being seriously hurt. • Realize that the groomers are not always able to get out when you are. Give your appreciation to the volunteers and clubs that help keep your trail system open. • Watch for hazards and other problems with the trail. • You ride the trail at your own risk. • If you see a problem or defect in the trail, report it. (such as missing signs, ruts across trail -cars do go in the ditch this time of year, debris or objects)
Any recommendations or ideas are appreciated and welcomed. All Local Club and SND meetings are open to the public. Attend and become involved. We need volunteers! • Many clubs are 5 members away from disbanding. If the club in your area disbands. That means no groomed trail in your area. We need more bodies, more ideas, more help. Register your snowmobiles!
• The monies from registration fund your trail maintenance. The more registrations, the more money and the more groomings can take place.
Region 5 is still looking for a volunteer to be a Director for the Snowmobile North Dakota Board of Directors. If you live in Cass or Richland Counties, this is your Region. Contact me or SND if you are interested in this opportunity. Enjoy the Winter! See you on the Trails! Kristie Thone Region 5 Director