Snowmobile season opens in the Black HIlls - KOTA Territory News

Snowmobile season opens in the Black HIlls


Snowmobile enthusiasts broke in the trails Sunday on opening day in the Black Hills. 

KOTA-TV spent part of the afternoon with the Black Hills Boondockers, a snowmobile club dedicated to all things snow and trees, as they like off-roading into the forest or 'boondocking.'

Tom Doton, club president, says he's happy with how opening day turned out. "It's really good actually the early season is excellent compared to what we're normally seeing in December," said Doton. 

Shannon Percy, Game, Fish and Parks district supervisor says the trails are spotty right now, with some areas full of snow and other areas bare. " A lot of our trails that have the most snow is up north of Trailshead. Trails one, three, four; those have the best snow right now," sad Percy. 

However, Percy says the park was able to get out and groom trails on opening day, something they haven't done the past two seasons.

Percy added that snowmobilers that are off-roading need to watch for tree debris from the October blizzard. While the snowmobile trails are clear, not all the forest service trails are. "Be cautious, take your time, and be careful," said Percy. 

Interested in joining the Boondockers or any snowmobile club? Click here for a list of South Dakota Snowmobile Associations Clubs: 

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