Snowmobilers will hit the Black Hills trails

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Despite the fact that trails are in “poor” condition, the Black Hills network of snowmobile trails opens Friday.

Trail condition updates will be posted to Twitter accounts dedicated to both the Black Hills and the East River trails:
https://twitter.com/SDSnowBHills
https://twitter.com/ SDsnowEast

Before venturing out, make sure you pick up a 2018 trail map.

“The trail system incurs a number of re-routes each year and having a current map will help avoid trespassing,” Black Hills trails manager Shannon Percy said.

Snowmobile trail maps can be picked up at various businesses along the trails. Riders can also request a copy by calling 605.584.3896 or 605.773.7885. Maps can also be downloaded from: http://gfp.sd.gov/to-do/snowmobile/map.aspx.

East River trails will see minimal grooming by opening day. Snowmobilers are encouraged to check local conditions before riding.

A $20 snowmobile motorcycle trail pass is available for residents who use a motorcycle conversion kit. Those permits can be picked up at the Black Hills Trails office in Lead, 605.584.3896, or at Farm Island Recreation Area in Pierre, 605.773.7885.

The snowmobile season runs until March 31.

South Dakota’s Snowmobile Trails Program is entirely self-sufficient. The program receives no general tax fund dollars. The program relies on snowmobile registration fees, fuel tax reimbursement and a 4 percent initial registration tax on the purchase price of snowmobiles.