2017-02-16 / News

Snowmobile Trails in Excellent Condition in St. Ignace Area

Bent Ski Classic Draws 24 Riders on Busy Weekend of Snowmobiling

Snowmobile trails around St. Ignace are in very good to excellent condition, and a fresh layer of snow came just in time for the Bent Ski Classic – Snowmobile Adventure Run last weekend, Saturday, February 11, at St. Ignace. Twenty-four snowmobile riders participated in the event, the first snowmobile-related event in St. Ignace since 2012. At a warming station out on the trails, volunteers encountered around 150 snowmobilers while handing out hot dogs and hot chocolate.

Most of those riders were unaware that there was an organized event taking place, said organizer Janet Peterson of the Chamber of Commerce, leading her to think about how to advertise the event better in the future.

The adventure run is a different take on a traditional poker run. Instead of traveling around to different locations by snowmobile to collect a poker hand, teams were sent throughout the area to take pictures that would be redeemed for playing cards at the end. Paterson, director of the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce, described the event as closer to a scavenger hunt.

Trail conditions were adequate prior to the weekend, but Friday’s snowstorm made for great riding throughout the St. Ignace trail system, according to Neil Hill, vice president of the Straits Area Snowmobile Club. Last weekend was the busiest of the season so far for snowmobiles, and the groomers were out Saturday night to keep everything in good shape.

The Bent Ski Classic’s good reception with riders this year has led Mrs. Peterson to have high expectations for strong turnout in 2018.

“Everybody had an awesome time, and loved the scavenger hunt,” Mrs. Peterson said. The next step will be to increase participation, and introduce more snowmobile enthusiasts to St. Ignace and all that there is to enjoy in the area by sled.

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