For several years, the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club has held an annual Ride for Hospice. Last year the club raised over $6,000 for the CHI St. Joseph's Health Hospice Care. This year, our goal is to raise the same amount or exceed it! The 2020 Raffle Ride for Hospice is this week starting on Thursday, February 27 through Saturday, February 29 (click on the link for more info on the raffle). Get a group of friends and family together and ride by snowmobile or car to the sponsoring businesses! An after-ride get together will be at Clancy's with music by Lydia Rose and the R.A. Boys from 8pm-12am. Drawing for raffle prizes of $1,000, $500, and $200 at 10pm.
When you purchase a $5 raffle ticket, besides being entered into the drawing for the raffle prizes, you are also eligible for door prizes being given away by the participating business.
Plan your ride! Here is the listing of participating businesses and their location on the trail map:
Thanks to a good base, the trails overall are in great shape! There are a few thin spots in some of the ditches and heavily traveled areas. With the return of colder temperatures, the trails held up well. Groomers are out this week grooming all the trails getting them ready for the 2020 Forest Riders Raffle Ride for Hospice!
Trail Report: Last weekend's warm temperatures didn't affect our trails, they held up great! All our groomers are out and will do the entire system before the weekend. Unfortunately the chance for snow is slim, but ideal temperatures are in the forecast for the week. Think snow!
Check out the Hospice Raffle Ride being held Thursday-Saturday, February 27-29 (under Events). This is a casual, ride at your own leisure event. The more places you stop the more door prizes you'll be entered in. All proceeds will benefit Hospice!
Our annual CHI St. Joseph's Hospice Ride was a great success last year with a raffle raising over $6,000 for Hospice; we're doing it again this year!
We've even added a day to the event! On February 27-29, ride (or drive) to the following businesses and purchase a $5 raffle ticket. When you buy a ticket, you will also be entered in the business's individual drawing for a door prize with a minimum $50 value. The more stops you make, the more chances you'll have to be entered for multiple door prizes!
LARGER RAFFLE PRIZES THIS YEAR! (donated by the club):
1st ticket - $1,000
2nd ticket - $500
3rd ticket - $250
The raffle tickets will stop being sold at 6:00pm on Saturday, February 29. The following businesses are participating:
Foxy's Bar & Grill
Ice Cracking Lodge
Knob & Kettle Restaurant and Lounge
Osage Bait & Tackle (OBT)
Stompin' Grounds Lodge & Camping
The Bully Barn
Two Inlets Country Store
Up North Power & Sports
Vacationaire Resort and Clancy's On Island Lake
An after-ride gathering will take place at Clancy's (full menu available). The final raffle drawing will be held at 10:00pm (you do not need to be present to win).
Last weekend's USXC Heartland 200 Race was a success! Trail conditions were great for the racers and our fantastic groomers were out grooming after the race. The area's abundance of snow has contributed to a great base on the trails!
The groomers are finishing up the trails today. Ideal temperatures and lots of snow = superb snowmobiling! Enjoy and be safe!
Update on Trail #18: The area that was plowed...it is bumpy but passable!
Minnesota and North Dakota are experiencing snow and blowing snow. It is predicted 5-9 inches of new snow will blanket the area today through tomorrow. This is in addition to the 6+ inches of snow received earlier in the week. Groomers were out all week and riders are reporting excellent trail conditions.
Caution: The club received a report of an approximate 5-mile portion of a trail that has been plowed. The area is located west of Itasca State Park on Trail 33 going south from Highway 113 to intersection F58 to F57 and east 2 miles on Trail 18. Today's snowfall should help make this area easier to travel. Please use caution when riding this portion of the trail.
Reminder: USXC Heartland 200 Race is Saturday and Sunday, January 18-19! Portions of eastern trails will be closed on Saturday and Sunday through late afternoon each day. Check out the race route map shown on January 14 trail report. Please plan to use alternate trails during these time periods. Groomers will be out grooming the race route trails after the race.
The area received 3+ inches of snow Monday night to Tuesday morning. Our groomers have been out on the trails the last couple of days. Here is the tentative grooming schedule for this week.
The weather forecast is predicting snowfall accumulations for tonight and Wednesday in the range of 3-5 inches. Heavier snowfall is predicted for Friday and Saturday.
With the upcoming snowfall, it is usually the club's practice to groom in the woods first, and then the ditches and open areas last (to allow for the plows to go through and people to clear their driveways). This week they will do what they can and also prepare to groom in conjunction with the USXC race.
USXC Heartland 200 Race - Saturday and Sunday, January 18-19! Join the excitement and watch the race along the route! Starting Wednesday, race route markers are being posted on the trails. FRSC trails will be open through Friday. Portions of our trails will be closed on Saturday and Sunday until early afternoon and open again later in the afternoon. Please refer to the race route map and plan your snowmobile rides accordingly.
With the considerable amount of snow, the riders have been out hitting the trails hard! The club's new Piston Bully groomer is here and is out working the trails along with the club's two other groomers...we are back in full force now! The trails are setting up nicely and the arrival of cold temperatures helps too. Please note, any changes to the grooming routes will be posted on our Facebook page.
A big thank you to the guys grooming and making for another weekend of spectacular riding!
FYI: Map Sponsor #10 - Itasca C-Store (formerly Itasca Junction) no longer sells gas.
Lakes are still unpredictable and may not be safe!
It is a winter wonderland receiving 12+ inches on the Forest Riders trail system! Our groomers are out making the trails ready for snowmobiling fun!
- Trails 16 and 17 were groomed last night.
- The Two Inlets Forest will be done today along with the trails heading to Park Rapids.
- Trail 32 (Scout Trail, Pine Lake Forest Road, Coon Lake Trail) and Trail 42 (Halverson Lake) are being groomed today.
- Itasca State Park trails will be groomed on Tuesday.
- We have one groomer being worked on but our new groomer will be here later this week! The remaining trails will be done in the next three days.