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"30 years I've been riding snowmobiles." said Eric Senarighi, Owner of ATVentures Guide Services
Eric Senarighi, owner of ATVentures guide services is taking me out on a snowmobile trip. He cater to all experience levels, including my very minimal experience on a sled.
"Will basically really depend on the riders ability and their experience level. Whether they've rode a machine before not." said Senarighi.
We take an easy trip down a trail near Cloquet. But there are thousands of miles of trails with different difficulty levels.
Senarighi explains, "You work up a big sweat riding ditches, Heading the powder. Riding the trail is nice to because you get to see a lot of things and you can go quite a ways."
The plan was to have some wheelers come out with us, but wheelers can actually damage the snow pack if its too warm.
Senarighi said, "When the temperature is above 26 it really softens the trail and when it re-freezes it creates these ice ruts. When it's 10° out ATVs can cruise right across the top of the hard packed trail and it's not an issue."
Chris Rokke, a member of the Wood City Riders Snowmobile Club, said "This is a designated snowmobile and ATV route that is owned by the DNR and maintained by Wood City Riders Snowmobile Club."
Chris Rokke and his club help maintain this trail through the winter months. There are 21,000 miles of snowmobile and ATV trails in Minnesota.
"Of those 21,000 miles about 2000 are maintained by the DNR and the remainder is maintained by local snowmobile clubs like ours." said Rokke.
These clubs take the responsibility of maintaining the trails so they can enjoy the sport they love so much.
Rokke said, "The type of people usually involves are pretty good Time Charlie's, you get out there you have fun with your buddies or the gals or whoever is with you on that ride. You can cover some ground cover couple hundred miles per day is pretty easy to do on modern snowmobile and it's just a fun sport."
The Wood City Riders Snowmobile Club has four groomers they use to maintain the trails. They groom their stretch of trails about once a week...depending on the snow conditions.