GFP News - February 12, 2013
Snowmobile Trails in Great Condition Across South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. -- Snowmobile trails across South Dakota welcomed a mid-winter blizzard, and snowmobilers are taking full advantage of the conditions while they can.
"Trails are in excellent condition in northeastern South Dakota, where some areas received up to 16 inches of snow," said State Trails Program Specialist Tony Schmitt of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. "Trails near Sisseton, Webster, Milbank and Aberdeen received a significant amount of snow and are in excellent condition. Trails near Watertown, Brookings and west to Huron didn't receive as much snow, but are still in great condition."
Black Hills Trails are seeing some better conditions after a recent warm spell.
"We had a few weeks where many trails had minimal coverage due to the warm weather, but cooler temperatures and the recent snowfall have improved trail conditions just in time for President's Day Weekend," said Shannon Percy, Black Hills Trails District Park Supervisor.
The upcoming holiday weekend will be particularly busy in the Black Hills because the South Dakota Snowmobile Association will host the 33rd Annual Governor's Snowmobile Ride on Feb. 16 at Hardy Camp, located 20 miles south of Lead near Trailshead Lodge.
Schmitt would like to remind snowmobilers to drive carefully, as the coming weekend typically brings heavy traffic to the Hills. "Please be aware of your surroundings and slow down around corners, so everyone on the trail can have an enjoyable experience."