Snowmobilers out in full force this weekend

Sunday morning was a dream come true for Minnesota snowmobilers.

MINNESOTA - Sunday morning was a dream come true for Minnesota snowmobilers.

"I was like a kid going downstairs on Christmas morning to open up my presents," Greg Barrett says.

Members of the Westonka Snoblazers were anxiously waiting to hit the trails Sunday.

The snowmobile club has been around since 1972 and boasts nearly 60 active members.

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"We've been waiting for this kind of snowfall all winter," club president Joy Foster says.

A few dozen club members met at their club house on Lake Minnetonka Sunday afternoon.

The club house is basically an ice fishing house that members use to grill food and enjoy one another's company.

"There's a lot of camaraderie and friendship," Barrett explains.

While the weather this weekend was great for club members, the rest of the winter hasn't gone quite as planned.

After a stretch of rough years on Minnesota trails, many riders were hoping for a bounce-back winter this year.

"It's just not like it was in the '80s and '90s," snowmobiler Rod Burriss says.

The season brought plenty of cold temps and snow, but rarely at the same time.

"When we do get a nice snow we would get a couple of days of 40 that just kills it," Burriss says.

The trail conditions were poor on most of the trails in the metro this winter.

Groomers who work the trails say they typically need at least six solid inches of snow to open up a trail.

"We've just had a few sporadic snow falls and they can't build a base," Foster says.

According to the DNR's website, several snowmobile trails in the Twin Cities metro are now ridable.

However, looking ahead at the forecast this week, those trails probably won't be open for long.

"That's the way it is," Barrett says. "You just have to enjoy it while you've got it and hit the trails as fast as you can."

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