If you had told me last week to block off Tuesday, December 7th, to go for the first snowmobile ride in Minnesota, I would have told you, you’re crazy – At my house, there was nothing but semi-green grass.
Thanks to some early snow, a call and nudge from Tom at Thomas Sno Sports (TSS), I did indeed join a group of friends for a snowmobile ride in Grand Rapids, MN yesterday, and it was nothing short of fantastic.
My absolute favorite ride trips come with ZERO plan and ZERO expectations, hence the First Ride title of report. And this is how Tom presented the ride to me on our phone call – “I’ve got three snowmobiles and the itch to ride. Lets find snow somewhere Tuesday.” Count me in.
Based on recent snow totals, we started our early morning in Milaca at TSS thinking about riding in McGregor, then it shifted to driving slightly more north to a parking lot we were familiar with in Hill City, then after a quick call to Chris at Rox to inquire about snow conditions, he offered the use of his shop/parking lot just south of Grand Rapids. The resemblance of a plan was set in motion.
Our 2022 snowmobiles all started with ZERO miles, and the conditions were perfect for breaking them in. In a separate story, Ill give a few ride opinions of these units.
In short, the first ride conditions were excellent. The snow varied in depth, but for the most part, we were the first to break/pack trail on a fresh 10-inches and didn’t hit anything.
The mileage total at our lunch stop in Hill City hovered around 30 miles. Based on time left in the day, we collectively decided to head back towards the Rox shop, which would be a nice conclusion to our 60-mile adventure by sunset.
On our route back to Rox, I snapped the above photo of Willie Ewing on his 2022 Thundercat. I first introduced you to Willie during Haydays this past Fall (Read Story Here) and outlined his World Record attempt to ride 24hrs straight and top 1,908 miles. Periodically throughout the season, Ill share updates about Willie and his Thundercat. You can follow him on your own at 1day4kids.com and on Facebook and Instagram.
I hope snow has visited your areas, and you’ve been fortunate enough to lay down those first tracks of the season. For me, they are some of the most memorable rides. – Kale