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Katelynn Grover, 9, to Participate in Bikini Radar Run


Zero Tolerance


Where’s the Snow?


Vintage Sled of the Month: 1971 Sno Coupe


Respectful vs. Inconsiderate


Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum Hosts Kids Ride


A Bright Future for Michigan Sowmobiler & ORV


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n Saturday, Jan. 9, I had the pleasure of attending the first Upper Michigan Ice Racing Association (UMIRA) race of the season. Each Saturday, they run races in Gwinn in the central Upper Peninsula. These races are on an ice oval track nearly a quarter mile long. Here, motorcycles and quads compete to find out who is the best driver on the ice each Saturday. These are not snowmobiles. However, with the magazine’s upcoming change in format, which

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will include ORVs, I thought this was most appropriate. Watching racing, visiting with the racers, flirting with the pretty girls, it’s kind of what I do. I know it’s a tough job, but I do my best. This is the second season for this track, which started with an idea. Some local racers — Steven and Zach Keverns, John Kay and a few others — had the idea of bringing ice racing to Gwinn. Steven worked with local government, so they kind of had an

“in.” It still took more than a plan. They had to make a presentation to the township board for approval to build a track. The proposition was approved. The track was to be built on a few acres owned by the township just off downtown. The pine plantationtype land needed to be cleared so a track could be built. A local logger was contacted. He agreed to harvest the trees and donate the money from the timber

to the township. (It’s the U.P. We get logging off a few acres of trees. Kind of what we do up here.). Then, with the trees gone, they got another contractor to remove the stumps and level the land. With that done, water was added, and an ice oval was born. Last year, they had this ground-level, shack-like structure where scorers could watch the race. A ground-level shack is not the best vantage point for scorers. This past


summer, a two-story building was erected. The scorers now have a better view, and registration people and staff have a nice warm place to work. They did an excellent job of designing this track for fans, too. The pits and the scoring shack are on one side, about a third of the track. On the back side, there is parking all the way around. If you get there early and get a place on the edge of the track, you can sit in your car and watch the race. Most cool. Or, maybe, most warm. Instead of standing out in the cold to watch the race, you can sit in your nice warm car and enjoy the show. You don’t even have to roll down the window to listen to the race because they broadcast the announcer over FM radio. Not only can you sit and watch the race; you can also sit and listen to the announcer talk about the racing as it is happening. Again, most cool. This is for motorbikes and quads — no sleds. But they are talking about this. The only problem with sleds is that they tear up the track, which makes it unusable for the bikes and the quads, bikes especially. Some of them do have studs on them. When the tires lose contact with the ice, things can go sideways in a hurry. So, having sleds out

there making things go bump would not be a good thing. However, with this being the U.P., we all ride sleds. They are talking about adding on to the facility and building a track just for sleds. This is just talk now and probably won’t happen this season. But next year? Maybe. Back again to who can race. When talking to John Kay, he noted, “We have racers from ages 4 to 78. So, if you want to race, we will find a class for

you.” John also noted they have various classes according to the size of the bike and with or without studs. Another question was about practice, which now is an hour or two before the race. You can get out there and get the feel for the track, which will help you in keeping to the sticky side on the track, the shiny side up, and not putting track marks on your body. I met a couple of racers. One

was little Chaz Carlson, who is 6. When I met him, he was sitting on his quad, waiting his turn. A few minutes later, I got to watch him on the track. He was racing, with a huge smile on his face. For him, it was the big time, the big track. The crowd cheering him on. Way cool. The kid was having a blast. I also had the good fortune of talking with Tyler May, who is a bit older but new at this whole racing thing. He, too, was having a blast. He asked me, “Did you see me wipe out? Corner 2 seemed to be the place today.” Of course, I did. He spun out with style, got back up and kept racing. Way to go, Tyler. On this day, after a few spills, Tyler still managed to take a second in the Quad Amateur Rubber Class. Finally, there was Kristy Kerstner. She came into the scoring shack at the end of the day to pick up her winnings. One of the guys in the shack asked, “Did you beat up on all of those guys again?” Kristy grinned and said, “Almost all of them.” She took a second in the Q2 Rubber Class for Quads. Kristy is 26 and has been racing for 14 years. For sure, she is one of the best racers on the circuit. I found out she is from Rapid River and coaches girls’ volleyball. I thought I had run into her before when I was a sports continued on page 16


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6 MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILER - September, 2019 6 MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILER - September, 2019 to meet with us. My oh’ to meet with us. My oh’ my, things have really my, things have really changed during these changed during these past two decades, past two decades, haven’t they? haven’t they? At the 2019 ACSA At the 2019 ACSA Fly-In the Michigan Fly-In the Michigan Snowmobile AssociaSnowmobile Association sent four deletion sent four delegates to attend the to attend the Morning meeting of the ACSA Board con- gates meetings and to gather Morning meeting of the ACSA Board con- meetings and to gather vened early Sunday morning. information to discuss vened early Sunday morning. information to discuss our legislators ing congressional Representatives, and with our legislators ing congressional Representatives, and with during our visit to the committees or mem- even though many of during our visit to the committees or mem- even though many of Capital. With fourteen bers of Congress. At them were somewhat Capital. With fourteen bers of Congress. At them were somewhat Congressmen / the end of the day be- confused as to pur/ the end of the day be- confused as to pur- Congressmen women and two Senafore anyone is ex- pose, most welcomed and two Senafore anyone is ex- pose, most welcomed women tors, where possible, cused, we have our us with courteous in- tors, where possible, cused, we have our us with courteous in- we met the appointbriefings as to talking terest. In today’s soci- we met the appointbriefings as to talking terest. In today’s soci- ments as a team, but points of interest and a ety most of our ments as a team, but points of interest and a ety most of our when the visits overreminder of issues legislators use the the visits overreminder of issues legislators use the when lapped in time, we most important to state associations as lapped in time, we most important to state associations as went in groups of two. snowmobiling in every their primary source of went in groups of two. snowmobiling in every their primary source of This scheduling information when This snowbelt state. scheduling information when worked well snowbelt state. in order issues worked Tuesday, the final snowmobile in order issues for us to well Tuesday, the final snowmobile visit each and day of the event is arise. for us to visit each and day of the event is arise. office, either with For the past sev- every office, dedicated to “storming either with For the past sev- every dedicated to “storming senior staff member the hill” to meet with eral years since 1999, aa senior staff member the hill” to meet with eral years since 1999, or with the Congressour state’s Senators it is no longer much of or with the Congressour state’s Senators it is no longer much of men/women in person. and Congressmen or a chore to get appointin person. and Congressmen or a chore to get appoint- men/women We have always been women, or at the very ments, and in many We have always been women, or at the very ments, and in many welcomed in both Senleast, their knowledge- cases the ACSA office welcomed in Senleast, their knowledge- cases the ACSA office ator’s officesboth to meet, able office staff. Al- receives calls or e- ator’s offices to meet, able office staff. Al- receives calls or e- albeit briefly, with them though it was difficult mails inquiring when briefly, with them though it was difficult mails inquiring when albeit personally. to do, Christine was “the snowmobilers” will personally. to do, Christine was “the snowmobilers” will It is most gratifying very successful in ac- be coming to the CapiIt is most gratifying very successful in ac- be coming to the Capi- that the majority of quiring appointments tal so Senators and the majority of quiring appointments tal so Senators and that Michigan’s federally with most of the offices Representatives can federally with most of the offices Representatives can Michigan’s of both Senators and try to adjust schedules elected officials are reof both Senators and try to adjust schedules elected officials are re-

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or more then six decades now, we’ve had the wonderful opportunity to get out in the winter seasons and to enjoy what good old Mother Nature brought to us in the form of snow. Some selected the silent sports of skiing, snowshoeing or simply walking into the woods and reveling in the solitude. Others wanted the more vigorous activities that required a motorized conveyance to allow travel over the snow. Even a few folks were satisfied to use their furry friends to drag them across the frozen tundra. Regardless of which activity we selected, we seemed to get along with each other. Occasionally one may conflict with another but, overall, we were able to live in harmony. In recent months, however, things are changing rapidly. If we look a bit deeper as to why, we might find that our recreational choices are in jeopardy and soon may no longer be available to us — at least those of us

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who prefer motorized recreation. At the risk of igniting a political firestorm, I feel compelled to relate what I’ve been able to discern from recent conversations with folks professed to be in the know. I can say without any hesitation whatsoever that if any of it is true, it isn’t going to be good for us! Long before the election snafu, those active in organized snowmobile groups had received advanced warnings that things were not going well in the recreation industry. Some of the issues pertained to ongoing concerns dealing with restrictions and requirements in the manufacturing process as set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but many also had reached beyond those boundaries and could, if implemented, effect our lives in other ways as well. For example, the EPA’s efforts to increase the amount of ethanol added into unleaded fuel above the 10% limit has been a serious concern for several

years because of some demands on the recreation community. Despite a good many studies, testing and on-the-ground operations, this change can have grave consequences. Unless the product is engineered to operate on E-15 or up to and including E-85 as most of the automotive industry has done, the typical combustion engine will only run for a short time before catastrophic seizures or possible detonation occurs. Engines used in motorcycles, snowmobiles, marine applications, chainsaws and almost any other equipment that utilizes a small gasoline engine will suffer severe damage by using any fuel with more than 10% ethanol. The only solution to such a dilemma was to eliminate the blender pumps where possible to prevent fuels with a higher than 10% amount from remaining in the hose and being dispensed along with the desired fuel. But there are other radical proposals being con-

sidered that, if accepted and set into motion, could seriously impact and possibly spell the doom of motorized recreation. Just prior to Christmas this past year, President-elect Joe Biden once again stated publicly that under his administration he will do all in his power to create a zero emissions footprint in the United States and bring back serious discussions about global warming and climate change. He has both promised to keep the coal miners in business but also to shut down the mines. He has emphatically stated he would not ban fracking, only to later say just the opposite. So where do we stand? I only mention this because without the fossil fuels all we will have is the stuff made from corn — and we all know what will happen then. A zero emissions atmosphere means no oil and no fuel. Imagine what our lives will be like without petroleum and the several items we use every day that are byproducts of that source. Not just in




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22 MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILER - September, 2019 22 MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILER - September, 2019 land owners satisfied as

well as getting our trails Westshore Spring land owners satisfied as put in, in a safe manner. well as getting our trails Westshore Spring put in,Lead groomer driver Dinner Dance in a safe manner. Steve Bell was recogLead groomer driver Dinner Dance with a period of fellow- nized for the tireless efBy Andy Twork Steve Bell was recog-

ship time for stories and forts that he exerts each with a period of fellow- nized for the tireless eflaughs from the previous and every year in his You know when the ship other fees — basically, time for stories and forts that he exerts each season. Whether it be many hours of grooming. snow begins to melt and laughs from the previous and every year in his this means trail heads You know when the getting a groomer stuck He is still enjoying our the green grass starts to season. it be many hours of grooming. are “user funded” and snow begins to melt and or beingWhether broke down or snowmobile trails even be a nuisance to the getting a groomer stuck He is still enjoying our to charge users another the green grass starts to perhaps having a fine though hes not able to point where you need to being broke down or snowmobile trails even be a nuisance to the or fee would be like double a snowmobil- ride anymore himself. cut it every week, the time out on having a fine though hes not able to point where you need to perhaps either on Whitehallhimself. and MonTrail Boss Briandipping. Vanette awards Randy Ackersnowmobiling season is ing adventure, out on a snowmobil- ride anymore cut it every week, the time our trails on the West tague are towns that Finally, there is still berg a kind of a "Snowmobiler of the year over. adventure, either on Whitehall and MonTrail Boss Brian Vanette awards Randy Ackersnowmobiling season is ing shore or on trails elsesupport snowmobiling as a move notcouncil allow award" for his intothe this past The work for the sea- our trails on the West tague are towns that berg a kind of aefforts "Snowmobiler of the year over. whereorin on ourtrails greatelsestate support well assnowmobiling businesses and year sonThe is not over, preventaanything other than shore as award" for his efforts in the council this past work for the sea- of Michigan. BYmaintenance STEPHEN KING contractors that donate tive has to where in our great state well as businesses and on the Newaygo year son is not over, preventaThese are the snowmobiles people Muskegon, The ring leader, Brian contractors their time and materials. be done on all the equipof Michigan. that donate tive maintenance has to Vanett kicked off the state land portion and OceanaofNewaygo county has the are many that As intime many the ef- from These theclubs people Muskegon, ment and stored under The ring leader, Brian their andcases materials. be done on all the here hasequipbeen evening natural resources yet,” for not having your designated snowmobile form the West Shore a trail system that they along with forts of their employees cover and for stored the next few Vanett kicked off the As in many cases the ef- from the many clubs that and Oceana county has ment very littleunder activityOscar to Reed said by a recognizstatement in from Michigan Snowmobile Snowmobile Council, can truly be proud of. trails during the official that our form the West Shore a trail system that they months, resting, waiting evening along with fortsmaking of theirsure employees cover forreport the next few and it is because of them p this seamonthing the trail the captains office offrom Sen.trails Ed are maintained Permit sticker displayed Council, snowmobile season as Snowmobile can truly be proud of. for the resting, upcoming months, waiting Oscar Reed by recogniz- in making sure that our the different areas in our well as kept safe and from the Michigan McBroom (R-Vulcan), improperly. That bill them p 31. Dec. 1-March son.the upcoming sea- ing the trail captains from trails are maintained as and it is because of— for system. Then on to a safely marked throughLegislature. With all the who will remain chair would have set a limit the different areas in our well as kept safe and Last year, no bill was son.The equipment is the wonderful dinner includout of ourmarked trail system. system. Then on to a safely througheasy part, but the people goings on that have for two more years of a fine of up to $150. introduced; however, The equipment is the ing the salad along with out our Our dining group was wonderful dinner includtrail system. need to have that one been the Natural Resources Currently, not having a easy part,in butthe thenews, peoplethat that idea is still being a steak andalong bakedwith po- well withwas how the salad Ourimpressed dining group weekend each year ing need to have that one could sound either Committee. “So, there is trail sticker displayed touted by many tato, andand served right the impressed tables werewith set how up as baked po-to well when all ofeach weekend yearfora steakvery rather oddour or volunpar little to report.” correctly is a criminal snowmobilers. It has not yourand table. thetables double served right to the weretables set up with as teers and get tato, when all ofgroomers our volunthe course. However, Last year, as you may misdemeanor and has been totally embraced Snowmobilers from all chairs all thetables way around the double with together a local estabteers andatgroomers get your table. what at has really been the area as well as recall, afrom fewall bills were tougher penalties. them aloud communiby the ORV community Snowmobilers chairs all the for way around lishment. They let off a over together a local estabother parts of our state cation without being limover the area as well as happening is that the introduced but did not Then, there was a bill them aloud for communior other groups that use little steam andlethave lishment. They off aa ventured to Whitehall ited to just talking to a other parts of our state cation without being limVISIT IRONS outgoing legislators are fine evening of food and make the cut. Many to remove trail head little steam and have a theAREA trails. THIS WINTER!!! that evening to partake couple of people. Our ventured to Whitehall ited to just talking to a drink and and fellowship. VISITtoIRONS AREA THIS WINTER!!! fine evening of food and crop gone, the new concerned the state’s users from having Although there is of this wonderful event. couple group of included to partake that evening people.Randy Our The West Shore Snowdrink and fellowship. of legislators are in. snowmobile helmet law.Jamie have a Recreational little happening now, Brian made aevent. point to group Smith,included Bishop wonderful Randyas mobile council has beenofof this The“The West Shore Snowfirst session It would have nixed the Passport. The mindset as the legislators start the afact well asJamie Dan Bishop and Robin Brianupmade pointthat to Smith, as having council a Spring fling bring mobile has been the 2021-2022 session requirement for anybody behind this was that to find their pace we many up volunteers do well the fact that Phil and Taylor and and as Dan Robin dance every year for as bring having a Spring fling was Wednesday, Jan. with a medical condition motor trail users had many different things. many volunteers do Cheryl Alvesteffer. And of Phil and Taylor and can expect more&bills long asevery I canyear remember. dance for as “HOME OF THE ANNUAL FLEA ROAST OX MARKET” many different things. Some volunteers do Cheryl Alvesteffer. And of course our already favorite girl 13. Bills have started to wear a helmet. paid“HaOME feeOF THE ANNUAL to beFLEA introduced. long as I can remember. This year was no differROAST & OWe X MARKET” volunteers dowas great things for the clubs course our favorite girl Carla out on an bought the Blessing to year be introduced, Next, there a billBuchan when they This was difference no differ-butSome ent, the only of the Sleds will strive to keep our great things for the clubs by obtaining the materiCarla Buchan out on an evening dinner with us, ent, the only difference this year was the venue, Blessing of the Sleds nothing related to to change the penalties trail stickers and paid readers informed. @ Skinner Park - Irons, MI Jan. • 4, 2020 materidinnerwas with gone us, alsobtaining that theythe need to re- evening since Tom this was thefor venue, the year Spring fling 2019 by @ Skinner Park Irons, MI Jan. 4, 2020 Snow out date Jan. 18, 2020 they need to re- since Tom was gone pairthat bridges or perhaps trout fishing. It was truly the Spring flingatfor would be held the2019 Vet- als Snow date Jan.or 18, or perhaps fishing. It wasoftruly For trailout conditions up2020 coming put bridges in a drainage ditch. trout a great evening food would at the wars Vet- pair erans be ofheld Foreign For trail conditions or up coming put in a drainage ditch. a great evening of food Or one of many other and drink along with erans of Colby Foreign warsin events visit our web post on street onethat of need many toother with tasks hap- and somedrink greatalong fellowship events visit our web post on Colby street in Or Whitehall. @ironsarea.com tasks that need to hapsome great fellowship pen in order to keep our with family and friends. Whitehall. The evening began @ironsarea.com The evening began pen in order to keep our with family and friends.

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earmarked as multi-use, meaning they are available for use by any other approved motor vehicles. As stated previously, not all types of off-road vehicles are help others. And when she is notit compatible some spoiled kid. Her comes to rich sharing the dad works for a living. So, trails. I thinkDirt thatBikes is some forvery examgood news. Sometimes it ple, have worked out a takes a young girl to show very acceptable coalition us what we should really with to thebeCycle Conservawant like when we tion Corps, and the grow up. Jeeps, So, comeFull-size on out andMud Runners, cheer Katelynnand on — Rock and Crawlers appear to be support theall Bikini Radar veryand satisfied withthey their Run the people ownout.individual recrehelp • ational endeavors, and

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K, some of you longtime readers may recognize this topic. Every couple of years, I like to write about some of the do’s and don’ts of sledding. Most of you think I am just trying to keep you guys safe out there because I am a nice guy. But those who know me know I have an ulterior motive. Like, my readers are the only thing between me and having to get a real job — and we don’t want anything like that to happen, do we? So, I don’t want to lose any of you. Now, sledding is fun. You get outside and get all that fresh air. (Yet nothing beats the smell of a 2-stroker first thing on a cold winter day. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.) You also get that feeling of cruising down the trail on your favorite ride, with the wind on your face mask. That bit of adrenaline makes you feel alive. But, as with any motor sport, things can go sideways in a hurry. Literally. There are all sorts of ways to get yourself into trouble out there. Each year, a lot of sledders do — and some pay the ultimate price. The various media all seem to do the body

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Tolerance BY STEPHEN KING count thing. I will not do that. What I want to do here is to keep you from becoming a notch on that pole. You see, in my opinion, the No. 1 cause of crashes, injuries and even death is just doing something incredibly stupid. So, I want to convince you not to do silly things out there. Now, one of the silliest is drinking and sledding. Not a good idea. On this score, most sledders are pretty much weekend warriors. They come up on the weekends, ride a bit and go back home. Me? Not so much. I learned to ride when I was 6, with a sled with the engine in the back. I got my own sled when I was 9. Every night after school and all day on the weekends, I would go around and around in my backyard and the field behind my house.

I was just talking to a friend. She was proud that she and her husband will put about 3,000 miles a year on their sleds. I didn’t want to burst her bubble, but I was kind of like, “Yup. Did that when I was 10 in my backyard.” By age 13 or14, I was starting to go out onto the ice in the winter. My family are commercial fishermen. Back then, we set nets under the ice about 12 miles out. For me, when I went “on the lake” with my dad and a cousin, they got to spend the day in the shack with a heater, nice and warm in their shirtsleeves. Me? The only time I was allowed in was for lunch for about half an hour. Other than that, I was on my sled, running lines, opening holes and pulling nets back into the water. I hardly got off my sled for

about six to eight hours. Now, getting back to that “drinking and sledding” thing. Most riders have not grown up the way I did. Many riders have seen racing, either on TV or in person. A funny thing happens when they are out sledding and drinking. First, their actual skill level drops. Not a huge drop, but, even after “a beer or two,” your reflexes just do not work as well — just plain and simple. But, in your mind, your skill set has just gone up. After a couple of beers, riders think they are snowcrossers, the next Blair “Superman” Morgan. I have seen this play out many times. I live right beside a bar. Riders come in all nice and easy in single file and with slow speed. They come back out in a couple hours, spinning out and jumping snowbanks. They try to pop wheel stands. Silly stuff. A few years ago, I was sitting at my dining room table with the last ex-wife, playing some game. I see a few guys come out of the bar and one gets on his sled. He heads down the street a bit, comes back and launches off the snowbank across



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enthusiasts, but also for those winter-related businesses that rely on a snowy season to survive. A couple of months prior to the official beginning of snowmobile season, clouds dominated the northern hemisphere, and on more than one occasion, snow fell in quantities for use of snow machines, but it wasn’t really the time or even legal to do so. Then warmer weather came, and December 1st the accumulated snow Most trails are disappeared. For the nearly snowless next several weeks, for beginning day the weather patterns of snowmobile season. resembled a roller coaster with as many dips in temperature to BY JIM DUKE below freezing as there were climbing into the he year 2020 will the new norm for our 40s and even into the be remembered nation. 50s. A short period of for a lot of For winter recreation flurry activity would be different things by a enthusiasts, it just enough to make the lot of different people will probably be for a lot of different remembered as the year ground white, but then reasons. Most, I’m sure, without a winter, unless the sunshine would melt it away within a few will call it the worst things turn around hours and only bare year since the plague pretty darn soon. In ground remained. and possibly say that fact, it’s beginning to Sure, many of the old COVID-19 is even look a lot like another worse. Some may call it near-snowless winter! In timers were overjoyed with the current climate the year that Murphy’s recent years, we have Law ran amuck and broken records for both and told anyone who would listen about anything that could go the snowiest seasons snowstorms of the past wrong did just that! and those when the where one couldn’t A few will even say it minimum snowfall was the year when our didn’t come close to the even get out of their homes due to excessive government exercised previous lowest ever snow depth. Most were too much over-reach recorded. This is not happy with the lack and demanded too just a single state or of the white stuff, but much, replacing rights even a regional issue; kept saying when it with restrictions, this is a nationwide comes, it will be with or when crime and concern — and not a vengeance and we corruption became just for the winter



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will be wishing we still had this “good weather.” From several conversations with anxious individuals seeking information about snow conditions, it was clear not everyone shared in the no-snow peace of mind. It is a rare occurrence indeed when Michigan’s Lower Peninsula gets more snow than the Upper Peninsula does, and even more rare when the Detroit area sees snow and Yooper land doesn’t, but that’s what has happened so far this season. In fact, as of Dec. 10, temperatures climbed into the 40s again with just some isolated snow flurries, mostly in the Keweenaw and nowhere else. As the northern Lower was bracing for yet another round of approaching snow, possibly up to a foot or more, only the extreme eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula was in the storm’s path. Not since the closing months of December 2017 and all the way into early March of 2018 has there been such a snow-drought across the land. A large majority of snowbelt states were suffering without the snow. Many businesses that depend on snow seekers and other travelers for their source of winter revenue were having


a tough time making ends meet, so much so that many had to layoff a number of their employees, which just made the overall problem that much more exasperating. Now, with COVID still holding our state and many others in its grip, winter tourism has decreased to the point where many businesses have had to close, and reports that a few will be closed permanently is never a good thing. A few diehard enthusiasts are trying to make the best of it, but with most restaurants and taverns still closed to any indoor dining, the communities that are normally thriving look more like ghost towns. With the first two months of snowmobile

season gone and most areas still without sufficient snow for anything other than skiing or riding a toboggan down a hill, it’s looking like the 2020-21 season may well be one of the worst on record — but there’s always hope it will turn around and the snows will eventually come. As we ended the first full week of the new year, we still are without sufficient snow to even adequately groom the trails. I am constantly being asked, “Where’s the snow?” One local resident told me just the other day, “Don’t fret. We’ve seen conditions like this before, and it will be OK … just better late than never.” We can only hope he’s right. •

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K, you guys — and this time it’s not “youse guyz,” as in Yooperese. This time, I really have something for the guys out there. You see, we’ve got this whole Valentine’s Day thing coming up. And, as usual, we guys are always trying to find the perfect thing to keep our ladies happy. This time, tell her, “Honey, I’ve got you the most perfect Valentine’s Day gift ever. It is gold. Really big, and we can cuddle up in it!” Then, make her eyes light up even more when you tell her, “Honey, I just bought you a 1971 Sno Coupe.” That will light her up like a Christmas tree. She will be so happy. Now,

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a lot of youse guyz don’t know this, but I have 2½ ex-wives and a whole passel of ex-girl friends and other such things. So, when it comes to the ladies, I got this stuff figured out. But, back to the Sno Coupe, which was manufactured in Dunnell, Minnesota, from 19701973 by a company called Innovar. I found an ad dated Feb. 11, 1969, that shows a prototype. That ad was from a company called Heublien Inc. and talked about them bringing the sled to St. Paul for an exhibition. In that ad, it touted the Sno Coupe as having “a fully enclosed cab, upholstered bench-type seat for two passengers, stereo

tape player …” It stated the sled was capable of speeds up to 50 mph. and that it could tow up to 5,000 pounds. It also noted a 3-speed transmission, dual headlights, dual taillights and a fiberglass body. What it left out was the style. Back in 1970, if you wanted that James Bond image, then this was the ride for you. Looked just totally cool, like some 1960s sports car. (I can imagine myself flying down the trail. Cute girl beside me. Bad guys chasing me. Yup. Missed my calling. Should have been one of those double-aught spies.) Then, another ad from 1969: This time, the Sno Coupe was made by Innovar. Same sled. What happened here? Not a clue. Trail goes dead. Innovar bought out the other company? Anybody got anything on this, shoot it to me. I’m totally curious. But, back to the Innovar Sno Coupe. It came in two sizes. One had a

372 JLO, the other a 488cc Polaris engine. They also came in three models. The Executive and the Ranger came with the bubble top. Then, the Sportster, which was topless. (The 1971 Sno Coupe at the museum in Naubinway is the Executive. No topless models there.) Then, there were a few other notable things. For one, it had a 30.5” track. Combined with a low center of gravity, this gave it pretty good handling ability. But, should things kind of go sideways, the Sno Coupe also had something of a built-in roll bar. But, personally, rolling over in something with a fiberglass body is not something I really want to try out. (My mental image just went from James Bond to ravens picking up my leftovers.) Still, I got the urge to test drive one. Every time I look at one of these — with the covered cockpit, the heater, the total sports car look, the nice


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a decent luggage area So, Marilyn comes over, behind the seat — I get all smiley, with that look that feeling. I am totally of confidence. She twists thinking I could hit the a lever under the back roads in this thing. end of the thing. The top’s Now, one more thing latches pop, she grabs a — something of a first handle and the whole top for me. I had to ask slides off backwards on Alexa Peterman & Grandfather, Al Cottle Alexa Peterman & Grandfather, Cottle Alexa Peterman & Grandfather, AlAl Cottle Marilyn, the wonderful a set of runners. (I stood shar a moment over Smores. Yum Yum. shar a moment over Smores. Yum Yum. shar a moment over Smores. Yum Yum. curator at the museum in there with a “Well, would Naubinway, how you get you look at that!” kind of into the thing. I did not look on my face.) see a door, hatch or anyAlso, the one at the thing else. museum is gold. There I looked at the pointy were others that were end. It had a couple of blue and red. From what pins holding the hood on. little info I could find, the When removed, the hood gold ones were the most just did the flippy thing popular. The blue was the and exposed the engine, oldest. Not sure about the

Sno Coupe is that a lot of its parts were actually made by Polaris. Now, with only about 200 ever being built, you would think parts would be hard to come by. But, while finding parts for a 1971 sled is never easy, with Polaris as a maker of some of these parts, it makes it way more possible to find the Polaris bits that were on it. Now, we get back to that first bit about Valentine’s Day. Guys, the Sno Coupe came with an optional propane heater. Just to keep things

warm in the cockpit. What you do here is to get your lady out on the trail and then turn up the heater. When she says, “Hey, it’s getting warm in here,” you respond with something like, “Must be from sitting next to me, Sweetie.” Now you might understand why I have all those ex-es. OK, so maybe I might not be “the guy” to talk to about Valentine’s Day; this sled is totally cool. And, you can see a 1971 Sno Coupe at the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in beautiful downtown Naubinway. •




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t’s been said more times than I care to remember that sometimes we’re our own worst enemies. That statement can readily apply to the snowmobiling community, regardless of which state or province we wish to point a finger. There are many such sayings we may use from time to time, depending on the circumstance. It all boils down to whether we are being respectful or inconsiderate to those we’ve offended or possibly the folks who feel we have taken advantage of unknowingly. In either case, it is the snowmobile image that will be tarnished, and we all will suffer for the inane actions of a few. Even as we get off to a late start for the current snowmobile season, complaints already are rolling in daily to the clubs and trail sponsors about a number of issues, most having to do with trespassing and noise. There already have also been a series of threats of trail closures if something isn’t done immediately to curb these violations. So, what are the clubs and trail sponsors to do? It is extremely difficult to face the property owners who have permitted a trail across their land and promise to try and correct the cause for their concern, especially when it’s impossible to know who


SNOWMOBILERS: Respectful vs. Inconsiderate BY JIM DUKE the perpetrators were. It’s very easy to point fingers at visiting snowmobilers with the excuse that “they just didn’t know” or to blame outsiders who may or may not even snowmobile. Regardless of who is at fault, the damage already has been done. The property owner’s usually thinks, “It better not happen again, or the trail will be gone!” Those who have labored through the process of getting permissions or leases to access the properties necessary for trail continuity will readily confess it isn’t an easy task or one they look forward to

on an annual basis. The chore is even more difficult when the landowners have been repeatedly wronged in some way and accuse the trail sponsors of not doing whatever is necessary to resolve the situation. At the risk of creating tension among the local population, often it is the folks who reside near the lands in question where repeated trespassing has occurred. There seems to be a common excuse in such cases — that they have always ridden there and have never been questioned before. Maybe the new owners

have a new set of rules or perhaps other plans for their property. If the trail crosses property that is private rather that public, it is customary to follow the rules and stay on the trail. This protects users as well as owners from any liability should an accident occur. Simple as that! But as serious as trespassing is, there are complaints dealing with other concerns as well. Noise is a major factor in trail closures. Having been involved in organized snowmobiling for more than four decades and a longstanding member on several state-administered committees and councils, this topic has been on just about every agenda for every meeting I’ve participated in. Deliberations are sometimes intense, with proponents for aftermarket pipes pitching an argument about performance enhancement, and if it is a bit louder than the OEM, so be it. Usually, there’s at least one individual who believes that loud pipes save lives — similar to what is said by the motorcycle community. As is generally the case, when the angry voices get loud enough, they are frequently heard by someone or some group with authority to act. It may be the local administration or the state legislature, but if the concern is of such proportion to demand continued on page 30

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national attention, it could reach all the way to the federal level, receive initial input and be assigned back down the chain to the appropriate agency for action. Not many years ago, the issue of excessive noise caused by loud pipes did just that. The resulting evaluations brought immediate results, but they were somewhat short lived. What seems odd was how the manufacturers of aftermarket products adapted to the new requirements; but most consumers were not satisfied. When the modified exhaust systems proved successful in lowering the noise level without loss of performance, many sledders found other ways to create the sounds they felt set them apart from the rest of the crowd. This eventually resulted in laws that make modified exhausts illegal and excessive noise a violation of the law. There are currently acceptable sound-level tests administered by law enforcement personnel to determine if the snowmobile meets the criteria. If not, a citation may be issued and a penalty applied. In recent seasons, the noise problem has resurfaced to the degree that trails located in or near many towns are in jeop-

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always room for more improvement! Snowmobiling is considered a big business in most states and brings more than a billion dollars in winter revenue to the snowbelt states. Without it, many small businesses could not survive. Organized snowmobile groups, clubs and governmental agencies all agree education is the obvious ardy. In a few cases, not be. The Snowmobile key to resolving the probcurfews have been estab- Advisory Workgroup reclem. The primary issue is lished, but most are so fre- ommended that the DNR how to accomplish it and quently violated that local establish a Backcountry whether it will have the law officers are unable & Off-Trail Committee to desired effect. to keep up with the cominvestigate the issue and The benefits of a safe plaints. The resulting attempt to find a solution. and legal program far action is to just close the To date, the committee outweigh the pitfalls trail and penalize everyhas suggested posting if everyone will just one for the actions of a signs along the trail at observe and obey the few. Adding to the frustra- points where it crosses rules, but they also agree tion for many landowners private property and the that 100% compliance is the uninvited encroach- creation of a map indiis a very high hurtle. ment onto their land. In cating basically the same Respectful and responsome cases, crops or information. sible snowmobilers will seedlings are destroyed As stated previously, need to step up to the and people are generally this problem is not just in plate and speak out running amuck. Michigan or a single state against the illegal and With the rise in popuconcern. At the nationinconsiderate few! larity of off-trail riding, al level, the American In summary, it’s been the issue of trespass Council of Snowmobile said that one bad apple has escalated to such Associations has a can ruin the whole barrel proportion that trails on Trespass Committee workand the same can be said private property are in ing to set a standard that in this case. It will only serious jeopardy. In the will, hopefully, save trails take a few more incidents past three years, more in all the member states. to ruin a long-established, than 500 miles of trails One of the campaigns is family-oriented winter recwithin Michigan alone a poster challenge where reational activity — and have been lost due to candidates can submit a the success or failure is in trespassing! Nationwide, poster depicting just what our own hands. Perhaps the miles of trails lost is a single trespassing violawe really are our own reported to be in the thou- tion can cost the snowmoworst enemies, but we sands, simply because biling community. To date, can also be our own riders stray off the trail in the results have been strongest supporters. I opt areas where they should promising, but there is for the latter of the two! •


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low-hanging branch, but I was a bit older and out by myself. When I was looking up at the sky, I did not have mom there to make sure I was OK, just some silly squirrel I am pretty sure was laughing at me. Made me a bit envious, but everything turned OK. Mom started breathing again and, in a few minutes, Owen had mounted back up and was ready to ride again. As mentioned, the day was pretty casual. However, as the day ended, most of the riders chose to gather at the museum before they left. There, Marilyn Vallier was supervising some more snacks and kid-type treats. Then, Gary Shupack, head groomer driver from Curtis, showed up with the Curtis Chamber’s groomer. They are the sponsor that takes care of the trail through Naubinway. The kids were totally impressed, and Gary was totally cool with them. He gave them the 25-cent tour of the groomer. Overall, this was a really fun day. The kids had a riot, as did their adults. So, this year, Michelle is planning more rides. Last year, she had planned on doing one a month in January, February and March. The first two went off really well; the third officially did not happen. This year, with all the things that have been canceled, there was the obvious question as to whether the rides would be taking place this winter. On that, Michelle

stated, “The ride is on!” Snowmobiling is a social distancing kind of thing, meaning unless you are on a two-up, you don’t get all that close and cuddly with the other riders. And most riders are already wearing masks — the face masks we wear to keep warm. So, we got that covered as well. So, this coming winter, if you have kids and want a chance to spend a day with them and with some other kids, hanging out around a bonfire and having fun on sleds, this is the place to go. Michelle is planning rides this year. However, weather is always a factor. Also, we are still not sure what political nonsense might come out of Lansing. But, regardless, if conditions are right, the rides will be happening. “This year,” Michelle said, “the 1st Annual Randy Willford Memorial Kids Ride will take place on the first weekend of February on Feb. 6.” Michelle also noted that last year, tragedy struck. Literally, the night before the second ride, Randy passed away. She wanted everyone to know that this ride was actually Randy’s idea. He just wanted to do some type of an event where he could take his grandkids out and ride with them. Michelle, who has a son, agreed. And, between the two of them, the Kids Ride was born. This event now lives on in his memory. Michelle also wanted to mention that along with the continued on page 36

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brought people here around 1840. In 1851, a lighthouse was built to accommodate inbound water traffic. The current lighthouse structure was built in 1871, with lightkeepers manning it until 1980, when it became automated. The Keweenaw County Historical Society owns and operates the lighthouse, and while it’s not open in the winter, the views

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balcony, queen-size beds, cable TV, kitchenette or microwave with mini-fridge, full bath and in-room heat. Interconnecting rooms are available for larger families. Our cabins shaded under spreading white pine trees loaded with snow offer two bedrooms with a double-sized bed in each, living room with dining area, kitchen and 3/4 bath. Each has a large outside deck facing the frozen Lake Fanny Hooe. If you don’t want to cook, we are in walking distance of Copper Harbor’s quaint restaurants, bars, gift shops and gas station as well as Lake Superior. With an annual snowfall of more

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you haven’t already been there. Lots of things to do after the ride or while taking a quick break from the dunes. A wide variety of shops, restuarants, campgrounds and ORV supply shops to chose from. Truly a great family getaway. So, until next issue – stay inspired my friends. There’s so much to love about our home state of Michigan and our home BY ANN DRZEWIECKI nation - the United States. Don’t forget about our as much of our state as adventures and it’s always Canadian neighbors, possible. Our current interesting to see what can’t wait to have our schedule of Michigan they come up with next. borders reopened so we Snow Magazine will conFor instance, the picture can freely visit each others tinue with our 6 regularly with this article features a countires again. So many scheduled issues. The family and friends outing inspiring events ahead. issues I’m announcing will to Silver Lake. I had my If you get a chance be created and distribfirst experience riding the –reach out to us at uted this summer. We’re dunes. Luckily the driver Publisher@MichSnowMag. excited about additional of the ORV I was riding com and share your ways to reach out to our in was didn’t launch me favorite Michigan ORV readers and perhaps new off Test Hill at full speed. If memory and how great readers with our ORV you’ve ever been to Silver memories inspire you to publication. Lake you know exactly the find more adventures. As We will be bringing spot I’m talking about. I always, thank you to our many new stories highwatched many other truly Veterans. Without you, we lighting all of our favorite adventurous folks take wouldn’t be safe to share Michigan places. As men- the Test Hill challenge, our opinions or our story. tioned in my editor letter having an absolute blast. Stay strong, stay inspired in my book, no view com- Definitely a place to visit if and be Michigan. • pares to the beginning of the Mackinac Bridge heading North. Looking over to the left, you catch a view of Mackinac Island. Many, many family memories made walking along the roads and trails of that state treasure. As we cross over the middle part of the bridge, I start thinking of all the family trail riding, camping and exploring we have done in the UP with our kids. They are now 22 and 19 and starting their own

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n this issue, we have briefly mentioned the current political climate will be bringing change. One thing all of us know for certain is that change is on the way and adjustment is in our future. So I’m stepping out of my own comfort zone and writing my first ever published article! Change and adjustment doesn’t always feel safe…hope you like the next few paragraphs. I also hope our changes at Michigan Snow will inspire you to consider reading our next 3 ORV issues. For all our loyal subscribers, the first one is on us. In the first ever Michigan ORV issue, we will provide ways to subscribe to both of our publications or one or the other. More detail to follow, be watching your mailbox in Mid-May. In the current days of covid, well this new adventure is a bit intimidating. However, we remain committed to bringing more good stories and motivation to our readers to enjoy

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Remember When: February 1991

LEFT: These young racers use leg power to drive the toy Ski-Doo sleds, at one of the events in Cadillac. RIGHT: Riders from all over Michigan, approximately 400 signed up for the Poker Run in St Helens.

Poker Run, a 20-mile run with several checkpoints to get your cards. BY BILL TISRON This year a $100 prize was added s you all know, we sold Center because the Armory could for the oldest machine that made Michigan Snowmobiler mag- no longer hold the crowds. the run without any help, such azine almost a year ago Many events were held, including as towing or pushing. A 1967 now, and I was asked to stay on safaris, Vegas Night, a pancake Alouette was the oldest to finish. for a year to write the Remember breakfast, radar runs and a race As always, it was a fun-filled day, When story, which I have done for on plastic model Ski-Doo sleds. capped off with an awards dinner. the past five years. So, this will be On Saturday night, a torchlight Mackinaw City hosted Michigan’s my last story. It has been great look- parade was held on Lake Cadillac Northwest Lower Peninsula Rally ing back each month at things that and close to 400 sleds took part in Run 200. Rick Salas of Dearborn were going on “back in the day”. riding around the lake in one long raised $750 in pledges for the In February 1991, things were line. Sounds awesome. After the American Cancer Society. He a lot different than they are today. parade, there was pizza and danc- was the winner of an Arctic Jag People seemed to be friendlier and ing. A great weekend was had by Snowmobile. Perfect weather things were a lot less stressful. We many. helped in the rally, with snow not also had more snow back then — The East Jordan Sno-Blast was lacking. never seemed to be without it. a great success this past January. The 1991 International In Cadillac, the 7th Annual North The weather was perfect and the Snowmobile Congress was gearing American Snowmobile Festival was crowds were large at all the events up for the June 5-8 event. This year, held in January, and it was the — bowling in the snow, broom it will be held in Jackson Hole, biggest ever. The event started on ball, Hobo stew pot, radar runs Wyoming, and rooms already are Thursday with the Polaris-sponsored and Kitty Kat races. And, of course, booking fast. With so much to see chili cook-off that usually draws the world-famous breakfast at the and do in Jackson Hole, it is no between 300-400 people. They clubhouse on Sunday morning. The wonder why. knew this was going to be a big Sno-Blast will be held on Feb. 20, Tip-Up Town USA held its 41st fesweekend because 1,800 showed 2021. Plan a visit to East Jordan for tival over two weekends in January. up to taste chili from many Cadillac this still-great festival. The weather was a bit warmer than restaurants. The weekend events Down in St. Helen, Michigan, normal so events could not be held had to be moved to the Civic they were holding their 8th Annual on the ice as usual. Still, thousands


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of people came out to celebrate. A pizza party was held Friday night, with more than 85 large pizzas being served. Carnival rides, tug of war, a pie-eating contest, polar bear dip, beer tent and helicopter rides — and, of course, the ice slide was a popular spot for kids of all sizes. On Saturday, a Queens Banquet was attended by several hundred guests. Julie Pair of Mt. Morris was chosen the 1991 Tip-Up Town Queen. Mike Staszak was victorious at the 22nd Annual Lincoln Lions 250 Pro Enduro Snowmobile Ice Racing weekend Jan. 19-20. Mike was running a Polaris Indy for team Dobson. This was a back-toback win for Mike, who won in 1990. He said it was even more thrilling, stating he drove the entire race himself. Team Landman finished second. The first annual Firefighters 250 Enduro Snowmobile Race held at the IOSCO County Fairgrounds attracted a sparse group compared to other races, but the bestof-the-best drivers were ready to ride. Impulse Racing Polaris with driver Troy Donn, for example.

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And the big race — the Soo I-500 race never lets us down. DeJager Racing, with Todd and Randy Krikke riding on a Polaris, win the 23rd Snowmobile Classic race. The checkered flag dropped approximately 7 hours and 47 minutes from the start of the race. Driving their 650 Polaris Indy to a first-place finish in front of 4,500-plus fans with less than one half-lap difference between them and the second-place driver Tom Bosek of Wuppet Race Team of Minnesota was an awesome sight for everyone in attendance. The Krikkes’ average speed was 64.27mph. The driving skills between Todd and Randy were unbeatable. They earned $8,000 for their first-place win, along with an additional $715 in lap money as well as a bonus award from Polaris Industries for $800. Polaris won nine out of the top 10 places. As you can see, a lot of racing was happening 30 years ago. It’s sad we don’t have much racing anymore. Like I said at the beginning, things are different than they were 30 years ago. •

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Photos from I-500; Waiting for the ball to knock over some pins at the East Jordan Sno-blast; The ice slide was a real treat for the kids; Bill Tisron of East Jordan starts son Shane off on his Kitty Kat at the East Jordan Sno-Blast.


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