North Dakota Parks & Recre­ation

Sno-Dak News - - The Region Reports - Benjamin Potts

A big hello from the frozen Gorge! Af­ter old man win­ter wel­comed us with an arc­tic blast in Jan­uary, let’s hope Fe­bru­ary ush­ers in a spec­tac­u­lar rid­ing month. In the north we saw our first ma­jor snow­storm on Jan­uary 2nd with 10 inches of snow! Al­though it isn’t qual­ity snow yet, it is a great sign that many more inches are to come! This year’s snow­mo­bile safety classes have been go­ing great. The ex­cite­ment many of the kids ex­hibit to­wards snow­mo­bil­ing is al­ways fun to wit­ness first hand. One ma­jor point I stress to the stu­dents is that even though they are tak­ing a safety class to learn how to safely main­tain and op­er­ate a snow­mo­bile through var­i­ous ter­rain and con­di­tions, the true desk and class­room is phys­i­cally driv­ing the snow­mo­bile out on the trails. So for the par­ents or guides tak­ing kids and other first timers, I im­plore you to help them to be­come wise and safe driv­ers. I want to talk a lit­tle more about the at­ti­tude to­wards snow­mo­bil­ing. About 90% of the kids I have taught so far have some to a lot of rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. From be­ing pas­sen­gers to rid­ing on their own around the yard, al­most all of th­ese kids have been heav­ily ex­posed to snow­mo­bil­ing. With the de­cline we have wit­nessed lately, I think the next gen­er­a­tion of rid­ers is vi­tal to keep this great sport go­ing strong for the years to come. I imag­ine many of th­ese kids will be­come club mem­bers, of­fi­cers and maybe di­rec­tors. I want to take the time to thank all of the in­di­vid­u­als who have taken their time to ex­pos­ing th­ese kids to the sport. Keep up the great work! Lastly, I want to give a big thanks to the clubs for help­ing and pro­vid­ing sup­port for th­ese safety classes The North Val­ley Rid­ers club mem­bers brought a snow­mo­bile to the Cava­lier class and ex­plained all the com­po­nents to a snow­mo­bile. The Lake Re­gion club pro­vided sup­per and gift cer­tifi­cates to the Devils Lake class. The Fordville Ridge Run­ners pro­vided snacks and paid for all 14 stu­dents who at­tended the Fordville class. With the month of Fe­bru­ary packed with great events, I hope to see many of you out on the trails. Ride safe and ride smart!

Benjamin Potts

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