INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published January 28, 2012, 09:40 PM

Lack of snow puts a damper on the North Dakota Snowmobile Ride

(WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota Snowmobile Ride was a bit different to say the least from years past. Normally, hundreds of riders take to trails, but, lack of snow lead to a significant change in plans.

(WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota Snowmobile Ride was a bit different to say the least from years past. Normally, hundreds of riders take to trails, but, lack of snow lead to a significant change in plans.

Around this time one year ago streets like this were filled with nearly one thousand anxious riders ready to hit the freshly groomed snowmobile trails of North Dakota.

RENEE: We are in North Dakota, this is usually what were doing when it is cold out.

Renee Braun is part of the North Dakota State Snowmobile Committee. She has been planning this event since last spring and never imagined there would be no snow to go along with the event.

RENEE: We were looking at the forecast, some of us were quite depressed for a couple of weeks there, but like I said we have to make the best of it.

With the lack of snow fall these riders wont be traveling through the state by snowmobile, but instead they will be riding along on this bus.

RENEE: The beginning of January with the outlook we were looking at it and last week we had a meeting and we had to finally say we cant really ride.

To make this event a little more exciting Dave Link, a member of the Southern Valley Trail Riders Association, decided to put together a vintage snowmobile contest, there are about 20 entries.

DAVE: With snow there would have been 100 sleds.

RENEE: I am glad to see all of the sleds for the vintage, this is more then we ever could have expected.

Although this contest was put together to hopefully boost the event, the lack of snow even put a damper on it too.

DAVE: We actually had about a 15 mile ride for the day for these old sleds.

Snow or no snow, it is clear these riders aren't letting mother nature ruin their good time.

DAVE: There is nothing we could do about it you know, we just hope people come and make the best of it.

Organizers are already planning next years state ride and keeping their fingers crossed for a more winter like winter.

The ride will be in another county next year.

Tags: