Kristie Thone - Re­gion 5

Sno-Dak News - - Region Reports -

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

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