‘Frosty’ snowmobilers make the most of winter
WORTHINGTON — After two winters of lackluster snow accumulations, the Frosty Riders Snowmobile Club in Nobles County is keeping 150 miles of trails groomed this winter to provide wintertime fun for area snowmobilers.
Austin Wolf, newly elected president of the group, said the trails are in good shape right now, but a little more snow would always be appreciated.
“We’ve been trying to groom Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to get everything groomed before the weekend,” Wolf said.
The trail system stretches from Worthington to Adrian, up to Lismore and Wilmont, then east to Reading, around Graham Lakes and Brewster and down toward Round Lake and back west to Bigelow.
“It’s pretty much a big loop,” Wolf said.
As a requirement of the Department of Natural Resources, trails need to be ready by Dec. 1 when there’s enough snowfall. The Nobles County trails are part of a greater statewide trail system, with each county required to develop trails that connect with adjoining counties.
The trail system is open to everyone to use, as long as they have a snowmobile registered in Minnesota. That’s a change from past years, when snowmobilers not only had to register their sled but also purchase a trail license.
Safety measures are taken on the groomed trails, with volunteers placing reassurance signs to mark the trail as well as stop ahead and stop signs at intersections. There are also caution signs for curves or other features on the trail.
“There are some areas where they have to stay on the trail, just to keep the landowners happy,” Wolf said. “We work with a lot of landowners to get these trails to run through their land and we appreciate their help.”
Each year, the club hosts a snowmobile safety class for individuals required to complete training.
The Frosty Riders has a membership of about 130 families, led by a new slate of officers. Joining Wolf as president are Dave Bosma, vice president; Jenny Bosma, secretary-treasurer; and Trent Slater and Brandon Feeken as trail coordinators. For more information on becoming a member, contact Wolf at 360-7247.
The group will sponsor a food stand during Worthington’s Winterfest celebration Jan. 18 at Chautauqua Park.
“We’re going to have … hamburgers, hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee and bottled water,” Wolf said, adding that the Frosty Riders will also sell T-shirts and sweatshirts to promote the snowmobiling club.
“We’re just trying to get out in the public and get our name out,” he said. “We will sign up for memberships there as well.”
The Frosty Riders meet the third Monday of each month at its clubhouse on East Avenue in Worthington. Meetings begin at 7 p.m., and the public is invited to attend to learn more about or join the club.