GREAT TRAILS: Maplewood State Park features 21 miles of snowmobile trails, and is a local favorite. Corridor Trail 7 runs north-south through the park, which features a warming house. It’s a nice stopping point for longer trips. Pelican Rapids and Erhard are just west, too, and there are several options to make a loop route to the park and back in time for dinner at one of the friendly local restaurants. Nine local trails and a state corridor trail link together through the Detroit Lakes area to become the Winter Wonderland Snowmobile Trail. This scenic, lake-dotted region welcomes everyone seeking winter fun. If you want to get off the sled for a while, check out the area’s excellent ice fishing opportunities. Resorts and local dining establishments cater to winter fun-seekers and equipment rentals are available. The 59-mile Tamarac Trails run from Detroit Lakes north to numerous connecting trail systems. It’s a winding and wooded ride that follows state and county forest roads. You’ll pass the scenic Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, where your tracks in the snow could cross those of fox and wolves. Keep your eyes on the skies to spot elusive owls and woodpeckers. You can ride across the Minnesota-South Dakota Border in several places. One special route groomed by the Big Stone Sno Riders runs 12 miles across Big Stone Lake and into South Dakota. Big Stone Sno Riders groom 120 miles of trails in the Ortonville region. ROAD TRIP ATTRACTIONS Get under the ice in Detroit Lakes at the annual Polar Fest. An ice fishing competition and a polar plunge are just two of the events that test your cold-weather endurance. February 8-19, 2018 The Ultra Snowmobile Club hosts the annual Detroit Lakes Vintage Snowmobile Rally, Swap Meet and Radar Run on February 18, 2018, in Detroit Lakes. Win a restored 1975 Massey Ferguson in the raffle. (Photo by Kathy Garner/ West Central Snow Drifte rs ) (Photo by Northern Lights Trails Snowmobile Club, Benson) SELFIE SPOT -MINIONS AND MATER Stop at just about any snowmobile show and see these creative snowmobiles in the forms of cartoon characters — a minion, Mater and Thomas the Train (not pictured). Wayne Schauderaff, a member of the ULTRA Snowmobile Club in Detroit Lakes, made these for his grandson. One surefire place to see them is at the Detroit Lakes Vintage Snowmobile Rally. Winter 2017 - 18 21