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Northlanders Thaw Out for Winter Activities

Updated: 01/09/2014 11:00 PM
Created: 01/09/2014 4:14 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

Temperatures hit the teens above zero on Thursday and could reach the thawing point by the weekend. That had Northlanders scrambling to get out and enjoy the heat wave.

Some of those preparing for a busy weekend included the Reservoir Riders Snowmobile Club.

“We like to get out and get into the groomer and on the sleds and see what's going on out in the woods,” Trail Administrator Phillip Lockett said.

Lockett said the deep freeze made that dangerous for riders and groomers on the remote trails near Island and Fish Lake.

“We go out at night when it's the coldest. We try and look out for their safety. If they break down and they can't get a phone call out for help we have to be take those precautions,” Lockett said.

That means the trails have been empty, but the mercury was rising on Thursday.

“0 degrees is a good temperature for everybody to be out, whether you're a snowmobiler or a skier. It's just a good temperature,” Lockett said.

He said riders with cabin fever will be ready to rumble across the trails this weekend.

“Trails are going to be really busy this weekend with forecasted highs of 25 to 30 degrees is going to be just great for them to get out and the trails are in good shape right now,” Lockett said.

Still, others like to hit local trails with a little less machinery.

“If it's above zero I go period. Sometimes I'll go below zero. I'm a committed skier. I enjoy it a lot,” Doug Scott said.

Scott is a member at the Snowflake Nordic Center in Duluth. He said the thaw is appreciated.

“When you're getting on your skis, off your skis, when you stop to take a breath that chill doesn't come in right away. You just feel warm, and you feel good,” Scott said.

He said the cross country kinetics paired with the warmer temperatures mean fewer layers too.

“I got one pair of long underwear under this coat, and it's not a heavy coat,” Scott said.

Signs like that show the heat wave might break cases of cabin fever across the Northland.

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