Greetings from the Northeast! As we are getting further into October, the focus is quickly turning from changing leaves to winter and that means SNOW! We’ve been busy prepping the trails through the Pembina Gorge and making sure they can handle the spring runoff from all the El Nino snow we are going to get this year. Wishful thinking!
At the beginning of each season I seem to daydream about how it is all going to go, and the outlook is always perfect. Summers are full of 75 degree sunny days, just enough rain to make everything grow, and mosquitoes don’t exist. Winters have a lot of snow, it never gets below zero, and the wind stops blowing. It’s a lot like when I convince myself I won the lottery and start spending the money in my head. As the calendar progresses, the reality of unpredictable weather, seasons, and life in North Dakota in general explains why I usually have no less than three hoodies, two pair of gloves, a winter coat, and a warm sleeping bag in my vehicle. You just never know what you’re going to get!
Working with the NESCA clubs and SND over the past years, I am always impressed by the resolve of the members and the clubs as the trails are prepped each year like it’s going to be the best snowmobiling season in 50 years. I think back to the year of the groomer testing and how many times we had to reschedule due to lack of snow. There were a few days in March where the snow actually hung on long enough to get it done. It would be easy to be discouraged after seasons like that, but each year everyone shows up, contributes, and the trails are ready for whatever falls out of the sky or blows in sideways. Without that determination year after year, the trail system wouldn’t be near what it is today. Perhaps this year the good snow will show up before February, the temps will stay out of the sub-sub-zero range and the wind won’t blow as much. You never know!