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Snowmobilers anticipate first major snowfall

Friday, December 21, 2012

Storm Lake Honda and Arctic Cat have special deals for winter enthusiasts eager to begin the snowmobiling season.

Rebates are currently available for 2010-2012 models, in addition to a wide selection of used late-model sleds.

Looking for a last minute stuffing stocker? "We always have a special on accessories for Christmas time," said Dennis (Zeke) Meyer, sales/service manager. With the first major snowfall of the season anticipated this week, Meyer offered some safety tips, after reminding operators to bring their sleds in for a general service check.

Registration and DNR user permits are required for sleds operating on designated trails, public land or public ice.

Decals must be disaplyed on the windshield or near the headlight bezel.

Registrations and user permits are available at the Buena Vista County Recorder's Office. Permits can also be purchased from any retailer selling Iowa hunting and fishing licenses.

When operating on public highways, ditches and city streets, operators must be covered by liability insurance and provide it upon request to police officers.

With temperatures hovering around freezing, venturing out on the lake is not a good idea, Meyer said, noting the current ice on the lake is "not going to be safe."

Before heading into a ditch, make sure there is adequate snow cover. "Junk gets thrown in there all the time, like rocks and tire rims," Meyer said. "Be prepared for obstructions."

Culverts can also cause damage to sleds, Meyer said, so be sure to avoid going straight over them when crossing farm lanes.

The local snowmobiling club will be getting a groomer soon, Meyer added, which will make the season more enjoyable.

Can't get enough of the snowy season? Meyer leads trips out west, and has one planned for Yellowstone in February and Wyoming in March.

To schedule a tune-up or request more information about snowmobiling trips, call Storm Lake Honda Arctic Cat at 712-732-2460.