Snowmobiling season comes to a close in the Black Hills

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LEAD, S.D. (KOTA TV) - As winter winds down, so do the engines of snowmobiles in the Black Hills. The season officially ends Saturday, March 31.

District Parks Manager with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Shannon Percy, says the 2017-18 season was a great year for snowmobiling.

"We started off a little slow in December and the first part of January, but then the snow came in February and of course March, so we're seeing a really good year," said Percy.

350 miles of snowmobile trails run through the Black Hills, making it a prime destination for those who love to ride.

"(The Black Hills) is typically rated in the top 5 in the nation for our snowmobile trails," said Percy, "so we have a lot of visitors who come here just to enjoy the snowmobile trails."

Just off of trail five near Lead, one business is open year round. Recreational springs rental manager, Ken Smith, says this season has been better than the last few.

"Weekends were really busy," said Smith, "but now we're getting ready to close down this season and get ready for the razors and slingshots that are coming in for the spring."

The groomers may not be out on the trails this week, but with this fresh powder in the Black Hills, it might be a good week to get your snowmobile fix.

"There will be people out this week," said Smith, "The die-hards will be out who don't want to give it up. If you get up in the higher elevations there is still snow out there where a person could still find someplace to ride."

"This year was a great year, and hopefully next year is even better," said Percy, "The Black Hills is a destination for snowmobiling, and we hope we get a lot of snow."