Long-awaited snowy fields are beckoning snowmobilers to hit the trails within the state.
Here's a short list of Minnesota snowmobile facts:
Snowmobilers have more than 20,000 miles of trails to ride, including about 18,000 miles of club trails and 2,000 miles of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trails. About 273,000 snowmobiles are licensed in the state. About $8.4 million in Grant-In-Aid money is disbursed to snowmobile clubs statewide each year to reimburse them for trail maintenance and grooming. Some of that is for capital improvements, such as bridges. All grooming is done on a volunteer basis. Grant-In-Aid money comes from three sources: the state gasoline tax, snowmobile registration fees and the snowmobile trail fee. There are about 300 snowmobile clubs statewide, of which about 195 do volunteer trail grooming. The Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association is the statewide voice of snowmobilers. About 14,000 families belong to the association. Go to www.mnsnowmobilers.org. The Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association will hold its MnUSA Snowmobile Rendezvous Feb. 7-10 at Cragun's Resort and Conference Center in Brainerd. The event is expected to attract 300 snowmobilers.
Facts are from the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.