Snowmobile Central: Trails Shape Up, Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous is Saturday

Photo courtesy of the Pequot Lakes Brush Pilots Facebook page

With several inches of fresh snow, the area is enjoying great snowmobiling trails and fun events. This Saturday, Jan. 20 will be the annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes. At the Rendezvous you'll be able to see all kinds of snowmobiles- whether they're improvised and unrefined, rare antique sleds from days gone by, or pristine machines with engines that still purr down the trails.

The Rendezvous show, which is open to the public, is totally free to attend. The show begins at 10 a.m. on Jan. 20 all along the Paul Bunyan Trail in Trailside Park, Pequot Lakes. At 1 p.m. there will be performance demonstrations by sleds that are from 1966 and older, as well as a trail ride. This is a great opportunity to see snowmobiles of years gone by and observe how the sport has changed and developed over the years. Even those who don't snowmobile find the unique sleds on display to be fun and fascinating. The show wraps up around 4 p.m. For more information on the entire event, visit the Pequot Lakes Brush Pilots website.

Photo courtesy of the Pequot Lakes Brush Pilots Facebook page

Area trails are shaping up. The Ideal Sno Pros reported on their Facebook page that they planned to groom trails in Crosslake and on County Road 16 on Tuesday (Jan. 16).

Sunday, Jan. 14 brought about 3-4 inches of snow to the area, giving the groomers just enough to work with in the ditches. There's about a foot of snow on the ground now in open areas.

The trails on the lakes of the Whitefish Chain have been staked and the ramp that helps connect Cross and Rush lakes is in. While the area could use a bit more snow, snow sports lovers of the north will agree that's always the case. Snowmobiles have been seen out on the trails around the Whitefish Chain in large numbers.

If you're in the area and ready to head out on the trails, there are plenty of resources to help you get out there. The Ideal Sno Pros is a great place to start, as they groom most of the trails in the immediate Whitefish Chain area. However, there are many more miles of fantastic trails to take advantage of. The Brainerd Lakes Area Snowmobile Trails (BLAST) website is a great one-stop-shop for trail conditions across the area. They're currently reminding riders that because many trails have not yet been groomed, there could be hazards on the trails. Despite the string of ice-making cold nights the area has received, always remember that swamps and lakes may still have open water.

BLAST reports recent grooming by the Ideal Sno Pros, the Emily/Outing Snowbirds, and grooming on Jan. 10/11 of the Paul Bunyan Trail and other trails by the Merrifield Marathons. With the new snow from Sunday, more clubs are expected to report recent grooming this week!

An interactive trail map is available on the BLAST website, or pick up a paper copy  available at many area restaurants and convenience stores.  Whether you're looking at antique snowmobiles at the Rendezvous this weekend or hitting the trails yourself, have a great time and be safe!

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