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Sno-Dak News - - Board Message - Mike

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!

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