Monthly Archives: October 2011

Snowmobile North Dakota publishes annual report

The 2010-2011 annual report for Snowmobile North Dakota has been published. This report highlights actions by the SND board of directors over the last year, discusses grooming equipment across the state, and outlines how funding is used by each of the trail associations in ND.

SND annual report 2010-2011

New warming house under construction

Work is underway on a new warming house for the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club. This new warming house is 16 x 20 feet and will be located along the northern edge of the rural Cass trail, about seven miles east of Arthur. It is only accessibly by snowmobile.

Club members are planning a grand opening for the new warming house later this year. Watch the club website for further details.

A huge thanks to the volunteers that helped construct the new warming house, including Troy, Sheila, Derek and Jared Klevgard, Casselton; Keith and Bette Blixt, Gardner; Greg Strommen, Fargo, Todd McMichael, Fargo and Char Gust, Casselton.

The materials for the warming house will be about $4,000. If you want to make a donation to help pay for constructions costs, please send your donations to Rural Cass Snowmobile Club, PO Box 28, Casselton, ND 58012.

Volunteers logging many hours on local snowmobile trails

Volunteers are the secret to the success of the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club. We’ve estimated that nearly 830 volunteer hours annually in 2010/2011 helped make our club a strong asset to Snowmobile North Dakota.

Having an active club helps drive the number up, with club meetings and state convention high in the list, but also note that posting, maintaining and removing trail signs is a significant volunteer effort.

Snowmobile safety tips

A snowmobile is only as safe as the driver. The key to safe operation is knowing the machine, good judgment and courtesy. Your snowmobile’s safety features should be kept in good working order. Do not modify your machine. Make sure that the throttle, brake, steering and light systems all function properly. Never operate your machine unless the hood and the guards are in place and firmly attached. If your machine is equipped with an emergency switch, check its operation.


Always carry the minimum safety equipment: a tool kit, a knife, spark plugs, drive belt, first aid kit, rope, waterproof matches, a flashlight and an extra ignition key. Add more items to this list for long or night snowmobile trips.


Always play safe with children aboard. Go slowly with young passengers. Exert extra care. Avoid side hills and broken terrain. See that the child firmly grips the handles and protectively sits with both feet on the running boards.


Check frequently to make sure the child is riding correctly. Always position small children so they can be watched.


When carrying tots or any other passengers, smooth starts and stops are required. A fast start could result in a whiplash injury to the passenger seated behind you or in the tow sled. You have the benefit of knowing about the start and also the additional support of your grip on the handle bars. Your passenger can only rely on your careful and safe machine operation. Use moderate speeds. Too much speed over a bump could result in a serious back injury to a passenger. Warn your passenger of dangerous branches or low hanging limbs that must be avoided. Be certain passengers are warmly dressed.


-New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, 2003 Snowmobile Manual


Ski-Doo will donate to Rural Cass Snowmobile Club – find out how…

BRP/Ski-Doo is excited to announce the  continuation of the Ski-Doo Million Dollar Club Program for the 2011-2012  season. To participate in the program, visit BRP’s
, fill out a certificate and drop it off at your local Ski-Doo dealer by Nov. 15.

For every certificate received, Ski-Doo will donate $10 back to  your local snowmobile club. It’s the easiest fundraiser possible. ND clubs have received over $2,000 since the start of the program a couple years ago. Keep up the great work and make sure to get your certificate and visit your local Ski-Doo dealer!!!

The local Ski-Doo dealer in the Fargo/Moorhead area is Moorhead Marine.

Get Trail Updates as Text Messages

Snowmobilers in the Fargo and rural Cass areas will have the opportunity to get trail and grooming updates on their mobile phones this season, using the latest text messaging technologies.

“Nowadays, we’re using texts everyday for other communication, so it only makes sense that we’d text you with snowmobile trail updates,” says Jason McSparron, president of the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club. “We will use text messages to let you know trail opening and closing information, as well as announce when we’ve finished grooming that week.”

If you are interested in the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club trail updates (Casselton, Leonard, Arthur, Harwood, Mapleton), send keyword “ruralcass” to 46986.

You can also get updates on SnowJam 2012 by texting “snowjam” to 46986. SnowJam is the area’s premier snowmobiling event, featuring a trail ride, vintage snowmobile display, tons of prizes and a fun evening event. Learn more about SnowJam at

Check out the Go Snowmobiling website

The website reported an increase in visitation with over 3 million visitors to the site. Approximately 18% of those visitors (600,000) do not own a snowmobile but are expressing a great deal of interest in owning a snowmobile and going snowmobiling. This positively reflects on the long-term trend line showing an increase in snowmobiling as a recreational family activity in the winter. Individuals have discovered that people snowmobile to

  • view beautiful scenery
  • to be with friends and family
  • to get away from the usual demands of life and be close to nature

The GO Snowmobiling website is sponsored by International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA).