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Fun in the snow

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McFARLAND (WKOW) -- Saturday was a big day for winter sports enthusiasts, as sledders, skiers and snowboarders all rushed to play in the snow left after Thursday's blizzard.

There are many things in life you can choose as your hobby. For those that pick snowmobiling, you only need two things, a sled and some snow.

"When you don't get snow it's pretty disappointing, but we keep hoping and doing our snow dance," Rod Holden says.

The dance finally paid off for Holden and the rest of the Waubesa Snow Birds.

"It's just a core group of people that love snowmobiling," Holden explains.

Of the 20 snowmobile clubs in Dane County, the Snow Birds are the only group that's entirely funded by volunteers.

The antique groomer they rescued from a storage barn is all they have to groom the 26 miles of trail in their territory.

"It averages about 7 miles an hour," Mike Niebuhr chuckles.

Up and down each trail, Niebuhr spent all of Friday night getting things ready for the weekend.

"It can be a little lonesome out there while you're grooming a trail," Niebuhr says.

But he thinks it was a small price to pay for keeping his lifelong passion alive. It's a passion that goes way beyond the trails, as he is also a snowmobile collector.

"That's the attraction of a lot of these vintage sleds, to finally acquire something that you had when you were younger," Niebuhr says.

It's a simple memory of youth that can preserve history for the next generation of snowmobilers.

"Last year my dad and I went out one time and only got eight miles in. This year we're already at 32," says 16-year-old snowmobiler Emily Inabnet.

There should be plenty of riding still to come, with temperatures forecasted to stay low for the next few weeks.

"We have a good base now and anything on top of it will just make it better," Holden says with a smile.

 

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