Snowmobile Tour Moving Forward Despite Little Snow

Posted at: 01/27/2013 5:23 PM
Updated at: 01/27/2013 10:36 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

Black Woods Blizzard Tour organizers are forced to get creative this year to carry out the 14th annual snowmobile ride raising money for ALS. Poor snow conditions will mean towing snowmobiles out of the original starting point in Proctor to a place with more snow.

"We've never postponed," Tour Board Member Dan Hartel said. "Two years (we) never even rode snowmobiles. One year it was pouring rain."

Hartel said the ride goes on regardless of snow conditions because the cause is more important than the activity. He said fundraising is their biggest priority.

"It's not all about the snowmobiling," Hartel said.

The tour's goal is to raise $850,000 to fight ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Hartel said most of the money goes to patient care.

"It is what it is," Hartel said. "We can't control the weather, but we will certainly give them a good time and be very thankful for the money we raise."

The ride started with just four people, and has now grown to almost 200 riders. Each participant must raise $1,200 for a spot on the tour that starts in Proctor. The four-day event has stops in Fortune Bay and Two Harbors.

When Hartel and his team checked trails Sunday, they said conditions were better than expected, especially up north.

"I've been surprised," rider Justin May said. "It's a lot better than what we were hoping. I think it's going to be rideable. We'll get out somewhere."

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