Folks anxiously waiting to take their snowmobiles out may just have to wait a little longer. Snowmobile trials opened up on Dec. 1, but the Minnesota DNR says the trails are not yet ready and need more snow before riding.
Several conditions need to be met before the trails will be ready for travel. The DNR says the ground must be frozen to allow for crossing wet areas, with adequate snow cover, about 12 inches worth, on the ground to allow for packing and grooming of trails. They also require trails to be cleared of any fallen trees or out-of-place signs, which is a task they are currently working on.
In the meantime, while waiting for snow, the DNR is urging riders to purchase registration and trail tickets for new snowmobiles or motor vehicles at any deputy registrar or online at http://licenses.dnr.state.mn.us/.
With over 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails to choose from throughout the state, once the snow flies, it should not be too difficult to find one.
Often, trail club volunteers help with trail maintenance and costs are partially funded through snowmobile registrations and trail stickers.
Trail users are able to call in advance or search online to learn the conditions for the area they’re looking to ride at. The DNR posts weekly trail condition updates each Thursday at www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/index.html.