Do This Now!

There’s two things every self-respecting snowmobiler needs to do immediately!
First is to get out there and ride! Don’t believe your lyin’ eyes when you look out in your back yard and see little more than pathetic brown grass poking up through a thin cover of ice and snow. The truth of the matter is that we have a remarkable snowmobiling season going on out there. For the first time in years we had riding before Christmas, and in spite of everything that has happened since there is an incredibly good base on hundreds of miles of trails out there. Registration figures are a reflection of what’s happened with about a 30-day delay, and so far so good. Numbers are up about 6% over last year and I’m expecting that to grow some more as we get into reliably snowy February.
We’ve been at full screech at the MSA Command Post updating conditions daily as reports come in from clubs around the state. Most of the news is pretty darn good. As one trail rider reported the other day, “7.5 on a scale of one to 10.” That rock-hard base that is a product of the first rain/freeze pattern had has been holding up great. We’d all like to see a bit hit in the snow department, but a few inches of fresh show every couple of days is really all it takes to keep it in great shape. So, check out trail conditions at http://www.mesnow.com/WherestheSnow.html and pick a place to ride.
Second is to join your local club, drop a few buck in the trail fund jar or at the very least drop them an e-mail or note to thank them for the outstanding work that is being done by the folks that maintain these incredible trails. These groomers are true craftsmen, and it won’t take more than a few miles to convince you that you are riding on a product that is created by people who really know what they’re doing. It’s a thankless job and they do it well with a minimum of help and funding. They deserve a lot better, and as responsible riders we can all do our part.
So get out there and have some fun. Our pick for the upcoming weekend is The Annual Snodeo in Rangeley, sponsored by the Rangeley Lakes SC. This is one of the biggest events of the year, and has something for everyone. Click here http://www.rangeleysnowmobile.com/snodeo.htm for the full calendar of events that starts on Thursday January 23.
As for me, I’ve yet to have a track touch the ground this season. Sometimes the world is just too much for me, but I intend to remedy that this weekend and will be back with some pictures and/or video to start next week off.
See you on the trails!