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• Snowmobiling has been a winter joyride in North Dakota for a long time. In years when “Old Man Winter” is mild-mannered, and snow is scarce, like the winter of 2015-16, snowmobilers get a little disappointed. But, knowing this is the nation’s north country, snowmobilers expect real winter, and abundant snows, will return. Our current winter looks to be fulfilling those expectations.

Snowmobile in air riding in North Dakota
Photos courtesy N.D. TOURISM

• Snowmobile North Dakota, entering its 42nd year, is the grassroots organization dedicated to trails maintenance, safe snowmobile operation, and fostering local enthusiasm for the sport. The organization is contracted by the N.D. Parks and Recreation Department to accomplish this mission.

• In association with Snowmobile North Dakota, 36 local snowmobile clubs operate across the state, with club members sustaining trails, hosting rides in their respective areas, and fostering enjoyment of the sport. These clubs are represented on the Snowmobile North Dakota organization by a 14-person board of directors.

• The state snowmobile trail system consists of 13 routes, and a combined 2,800 miles of riding trails.

• Volunteers take responsibility for grooming much of the trail system, and posting signs along those trails. This is a key to public enjoyment of snowmobiling. “We really appreciate the passion and dedication of these volunteers,” says Todd Thronson, Snowmobile North Dakota executive director.

• The successful care and operation of the state trail system is also dependent on cooperative landowners, who lease access across their property for the trails. About 1,000 landowners currently work with local clubs and Snowmobile North Dakota on maintaining the many miles of continuing trails.

• A valid driver’s license is required for any snowmobile operator on the state trail system; youth operators 12 years of age and older must possess a valid driver’s license or have completed a snowmobile safety training course and earned a certificate from the N.D. Parks & Recreation department; youth snowmobilers 10-11 years of age can operate snowmobiles on public lands and the state trail system with their snowmobile certificate and in the presence of their parent or guardian.

• Registration of snowmobiles is required for operation on public lands. Funding from registration supports snowmobile trail enhancements and maintenance, safety education and safety promotion.

• Resident snowmobile registration fee is now $50 for a two-year period. Snowmobiling registration is handled by the N.D. Department of Transportation at licensing offices statewide.

• For snowmobile education information, go to: www.ridesafe.nd.gov

2016 – 2017 Snowmobile North Dakota: Officers, directors, staff

Officers

  • President: Troy Klevgard, Casselton
  • Vice president: Laura Forbes, Minot
  • Secretary: Joanne Seifert, Casselton
  • Director-at-large: Mark Forbes, Minot
     

Board of directors:

  • Region 1: Dale Deibert, Surrey | Paula Berg, Dunseith
  • Region 2:  Quince Hambek, Devils Lake | Jesse Fritz, Rugby
  • Region 3: Perry Brintnell, Fordville | Reily Bata, Langdon
  • Region 4: Shawn Cole, Valley City | Joel Iverson, Valley City
  • Region 5: Brent Haugen, Argusville | Jeff Seifert, Casselton

Snowmobile North Dakota staff:
Todd Thronson, executive director
Tari Norby, office manager
1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 3
Bismarck, ND 58102
Ph: 701-328-5389
 

2017 STATE RIDE

Saturday, Feb. 4, Rugby
Friday, Feb. 3: Fun night at warming house
Hosts: Northern Lights Trailblazers, North Central Trail Association
Contacts: toniab@gondtc.com; call: Cory, 701-208-0039
See also: www.snowmobilend.com