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Published February 12, 2012, 08:56 PM

Many snowmobile trails are empty in Northeastern North Dakota

Walhalla, ND (WDAY TV) -- Northeastern North Dakota is known for the vast number of snowmobile trails, but this winter, not one trail opened because of lack of snow.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY

Walhalla, ND (WDAY TV) -- Northeastern North Dakota is known for the vast number of snowmobile trails. But this winter, not one trail opened because of lack of snow.

In and around the town of Walhalla, lawns, ditches and fields are brown.

Kathy Stremick - Walhalla Economic Development Director: "There is absolutely no snow, it's like a spring day."

This is a frustrating year for Economic Development Director Kathy Stremick. Snowmobilers help drive the local economy. This is an area snowmobilers usually flock to riding 450 some miles of trails."

Kathy: "We usually have snowmobilers Monday through Sunday traveling this area. Snowmobilers staying in our community, so not having snow is devastating."

The snowmobile clubs have written this year off, and say even if it does snow they will not open the trails because it is too late in the season.

Kathy: "A few of the local kids brought out there snowmobiles a few weeks back when it snowed. And went up and down the ditches but it's not safe and they can't go anywhere. "

The only place you can find a measurable amount of snow near Walhalla is here at the Frost Fire Ski area. But it has had to make it. Even though all of its runs are open, owner Richard Johnson says business have been down, he blames mostly, faulty perception.

Richard Johnson: "You may think there is no skiing because that fields are black like they are ready to go out there ready to go out there and cultivate for the springs work."

The slopes usually receives about 3 feet during a ski season, This winter there has been just six inches and most of that has melted. Johnson says he will have to continue to make up for that with the artificial stuff.

This weekend was supposed to be one of the largest snowmobiling runs of the year for the Walhalla area.

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