Check out the conditions on Minnesota Highway 6 south of Emily! This link will take you to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's camera showing Highway 6. The State updates the images several times per hour; the camera is located just south of Emily. Note: you can't see much at night!!
Please keep track of the time that you volunteer to help the club. This includes just about everything...i.e., trail clean up, trail grooming, equipment maintenance, administrative work, etc. This helps us with the reporting we are required to do to the State of Minnesota, plus it may make you eligible for an award at the end of the riding season! To record your time/activities, you can fill out the attached Log Sheet and drop it off at the Club House (additional copies are available at the Club House).
Please respect private property and stay on marked trails. Trespassing is a huge problem for the sport of snowmobiling and the major reason clubs lose trails.
Grooming isn't just jumping in the cab and hauling a drag around. These machines take a lot of punishment and need regular maintenance to keep our trails SMOOOTH. Thankfully, the Snow Birds have a talented crew who maintain and repair this EXPENSIVE equipment. The photo below shows our older Tucker where a track has been removed for replacement. Each track can run more than $9000 and each Tucker has 4 tracks! In many cases, when you take something apart, you find more parts that are worn out and need to be replaced or repaired.
BIG THANKS to our crew who dedicate hundreds of hours each year to keep our machines running!
2-16-23: Our team has considered all of the aspects of how the recent weather has affected our trail system. We have weighed the pros & cons of running our grooming equipment with no fresh snow. We have decided that we would do more damage to our trail base than help smooth the trails. Therefore, we have decided continue our suspension of grooming operations until the weather changes. Please ride right & watch for bare spots.
Feb. 19, 23 Update: Our volunteers were out last night trying to smooth out our busiest trails from Emily to 50 Lakes & Emily to Outing. We need snow! Watch for bare spots & icy corners. Please ride safe & ride right. Think Snow!
Feb. 20, 23 Update: Today our volunteers groomed all of our system except the Aspen Trail from Emily east to Aitkin County & the Wolfhound Trail from Emily south to big Al’s. We plan to groom those trails tomorrow. Great to get fresh snow. Please ride right & ride safe.
I Won't Back Down
Feb. 23, 23 Update: Our volunteers have groomed up all of the fresh snow and our trails are clean, fresh and ready to ride. Please ride safe & ride right➡️
Feb. 26, 2023 Update: Last night our volunteers were out grooming up our busiest trails. We groomed the Aspen trail from Emily to 50 Lakes & Smokey Hollow from Emily to Outing. Please ride safe & ride right!
Feb. 27, 23 Update: Today our volunteer groomers smoothed out our trails again. Our 2007 Tucker broke down this morning but we got it back in service early this afternoon so we could finish up. (Thanks Ted). Please ride safe & ride right➡️.
Ring of Fire
March 2, 23 Update: 12+ inches of fresh snow was groomed up today by our volunteer groomer team. Trails are smooth & ready for some beautiful spring riding👍. Ride safe & Ride right➡️
Peaceful Easy Feeling
March 5, 23 Update: Our volunteers spent their Sat. evening out grooming in both of our groomers. They groomed from Emily to 50 Lakes & Emily to Outing. There was allot of traffic yesterday and they met lots of sleds last night. Please ride safe & ride right➡️
Kind of a Drag
March 6, 23 Update: We failed to get the snow that was predicted. Instead we got sun & temps that required our volunteers to keep our groomers parked. Let’s all hope for cooler temps & some snow soon. Enjoy the trails while we can. Right safe & Ride right.
March 9, 23 Update: The warm weather continues to keep our volunteers from grooming. There is logging going on the Arctic East trail from Cass County Rd 58 north for about a mile. As shown in the picture, the logging has not helped the trail at all. Most of our trails are still in spring riding condition but watch for bare spots & icy corners. Please ride safe & ride right.
Mud On The Tires
March 13, 23 Update: We received 12+ “ over the weekend so our volunteers were able to get the groomers out & groom our system one more time today. Use caution if riding the Smokey hollow trail from Hwy 6 south to where our trail turns away from Papoose Rd. The logging Co. has it plowed down to the surface. Please ride safe & ride right. Me And My Shadow
March 20, 23 Update: The trail grooming season is quickly coming to an end but the trails are still in pretty good shape for riding. This season I have mentioned our volunteer groomer operators in every post. Thought you might like to meet them. This is our dedicated crew. We hope you have enjoyed riding our trails this winter. As always, Ride Safe & Ride Right.