Monthly Archives: January 2011

See KCPro West kids snowmobile racing in Glyndon, MN

KCPro West kid snowmobile racing has scheduled a race in the local area. The kids, ages 4 to 14 wil be racing on Saturday, Feb 5, at Buffalo River race tracks near Glyndon MN.

KC PRO West is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that promotes safety, teaches children safe driving practices, encourages friendships among families, and aids in the building of a child’s good character. They offer nine different classes of snowmobile racing that appeal to all; from the beginner driver to the advanced modified classes. Approximately 8 race

Welcome to the KC Pro West Racing website.

The view from the seat of the groomer…

Check out this video to see what it looks like from the seat of the trail groomer. This video was shot on the Rural Cass snowmobile trail in January 2011.

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Quad Track used to groom last week

Thank you to Titan Machinery (Casselton and Arthur) for providing a Case IH 535 quad track to help out with the snowmobile trail grooming. This video was shot on the Rural Cass (ND) Snowmobile Club trail in January 2011.

More than 100 riders enjoy SnowJam 2011

More than 100 riders and 14 vintage sleds took part in SnowJam 2011 yesterday (Jan 22).  With temps below zero, riders braved the cold to head out to about 19 trail stops along the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club trail.

Buf Hovelson of Lake Park, MN, took home the Best of Show trophy in the vintage snowmobile display with his 1970 skidoo 640 TNT.  Winner of the People’s Choice trophy was Jerry Perkins of Valley City with his 1976 Arctic Cat Z440 racing sled.

Les Heuer rode his 1981 Arctic Cat Pantera to SnowJam from his home in Leonard, ND. He was also one of several riders in the Ryan Mayer Vintage Snowmobile Ride.

Club members wish to thank all the riders in the event, which is one of the key fundraising events of the year, allowing more grooming to take place on the trails. In addition, thank you to the local businesses who sponsored the event. A special thanks to Titan Machinery of Casselton and Arthur for helping out by providing a quad track to use for grooming when the club’s groomer needed repair.

Some pictures from SnowJam have been posted on the SnowJam Facebook page. Some will be posted on the SnowJam website soon.

Hope to see everyone next year at SnowJam 2012!


Hope to see you this weekend at SnowJam 2011!

SnowJam 2011 kicks off Friday night with a  bonfire at 7:30 PM at the club’s warming house. The warming house is located on the north loop of the trail, about seven miles east of Arthur. Plan to arrive on your snowmobile, since there is no vehicle access or parking.

Saturday’s activities are really two-fold as it related to snowmobiling. 

If you have a newer snowmobile, plan to take part in the area’s premier snowmobile trail ride. Start by registering for the ride at Hagge’s Bar and Grill in Mapleton anytime after 9 AM. Then grab your friends and head out on the trails. Just plan to be back at Hagge’s sometime before 6 PM. We’ll give you a map and encourage you to stop in at the local trail stops, which are also sponsors for SnowJam. They’ll give you a ticket and the more tickets you bring back to Mapleton, the more chances you’ll have at the prizes Saturday night.

If you’re sled is vintage (older than 1985), then bring that sled out to Hagge’s too. We’re hosting a vintage snowmobile display all morning on Saturday and will then lead a vintage trail ride about 1 PM.  We’ll take all the vintage sleds we can, and are hoping you will bring yours. 

If you like vintage snowmobiles, but don’t own one, this is a great chance to see a bunch all in one place. Come over to Hagge’s and help vote for the People’s Choice award.

North Dakota Parks and Rec will be bringing their snowmobile safety simulator to SnowJam Saturday. This is a fun chance for new riders (of any age) to check out how it feels to balance on a snowmobile.

We’ll kick off some games late in the afternoon, and these games are always a hit at SnowJam. Think games like those on “Minute to Win It” or a snowmobile belt toss, or a game of rock/paper/scissors between 50 snowmobilers. Each game includes some great prizes and about half of the games are no charge. (Hey, this is a fund raiser to help keep those snowmobile trails in shape, so we do charge for some of the games.)

Finally, the evening ends with social time, the drawings for the $200 in cash prizes and then a dance, with live music provided by Hagge’s. Hope to see you there!

Vintage snowmobile ride to honor former club member

Ryan Mayer Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Ride is the new name of the vintage snowmobile ride at SnowJam 2011. This new name commemorates the many years of service to the club given by long time member, Ryan Mayer, who was from Casselton and passed away last year.

Ryan was an active member of the club and quick to volunteer to help out with club activities. In prior SnowJam events, he had led the riders on the vintage snowmobile ride as part of the day’s activities. By renaming the vintage ride at SnowJam, this is a way to remember Ryan through the sport he was so passionate about.