You Got to Pay to Play with the Snowmobiles

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The snowmobiling season is coming to an end soon; riders are taking full advantage of every opportunity to get out and hit the trails. Having good trail conditions along with weather can impact the snowmobile season.

"Trails have been fantastic actually! All the organizations that do all the grooming have been good about getting out there and keeping it flat for all of us, said Duluth resident Corey Miller. It’s been a lot of people on the trails, so for them to do that is pretty awesome."

With most snowmobiles using premium gas, the prices could determine how long some riders will be riding. Non-Oxy premium gas is running around $4.85 per gallon.
“It’s at the end of the season, so it might cause a few people to put them away a little earlier because it just costs so much to get there and to ride,” says Phillip Lockett, the Trail Administrator for the Reservoir Riders.

As resorts like Hi-Banks have seen riders coming to hit the trails, most riders have been filling their snowmobiles a few times during their visit. "I am sure they go through at least three-four tanks, I would guess. You know, depending on how far they go, said Tim Wagner, owner of Hi-Banks.

Despite gas prices rising and potentially staying high, riders say they are still hitting the trails. Some riders may ride but not as much as they did before. But for some, the prices will not make a difference that much because snowmobiling is what they do.