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Snow VP 12-27-2005 06:03 PM

Introduce Yourself !!
OK folks.
I know this is a fairly new website/message board, but lets see if we can get to know each other a bit. We have over 60 members of the message board now, and many many more "lurkers" who drop in to check out conditions.
Reply to this message with your name, sled, and if you have rode in St. Ignace before, and plan on riding here this year.

Snow VP 12-27-2005 06:07 PM

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I will kick it off!

I am Neil, born and raised in St. Ignace, and I am currently Club VP. I help with as much as I can, officially I am in charge of the Website, but I also work on DNR paperwork, and special projects.

My wife and I ride a pair of Ski Doo MXZ 583s.

I got 2 whole recreational rides in last year, and 1 was to map our trail system. I hope to get at least 1 ride a week after the first of the year.
Be sure to post/look in the looking for riders section if you are coming up!

Hope to see you here,

ToddMeister 12-28-2005 07:50 AM

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I am Todd, been a club member for 4 years or so now. My wife Linda and I live in Bay City, MI. I am an electrical controls engineer and my wife is an office manager.

I ride a 2004 Yamaha RX Warrior and she rides a 2005 Yamaha Vector.

We like to ride the St. Ignace area whenever we come up. Usually average 5 or so trips per year. I like riding off trail later in the season when the snow gets deep.

Hope to see ya'll on the trails! :thumb:

triplexxx 12-30-2005 12:16 AM

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Hello we are new to the website, we visit the straits area quite often. We are going to be in the area and go to the casino for new years eve. Want to bring the sleds ( 2003 V-max600 mine, 1998 V-max500 wifes) but by the sounds of the trail conditions that we just might leave them home for this trip.:crying: Again thanks for the warm hello's and hope to see ya on the trails.
Mike and Barb

PolarisRider 12-30-2005 02:24 PM

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This is Dave (PolarisRider) from Bay City. We own property SW of Rudyard and make that base camp for hunting and snowmobiling. Wife (Cindy) and kids (Alli / Gerik) get out once or twice a year - but I'm the hardcore sledder of the group and get out most weekends.

We usually head North to Snowchaser country, but very pleased and impressed :cool2: with the progress of the Straits Area last year, and intend to spend more time down South. So ... sent in membership form and check for the family this week.

Also belong to the Snowchasers and Petoskey clubs.

Dave (PolarisRider)

polaris4me 12-30-2005 08:22 PM

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This is Kevin from Pigeon,my girlfriend lives in Bay City.We ride Polaris 600's,00&05. Stayed and rode from your area twice last year, and was up there this summer camping.Love the area. :thumb: We are planning at lest 2 trips this year.We get up to the U.P. 5-6 times in the winter. I have been riding on sleds since 1969. Thats when a Dad won a 69 Polaris Charger.
We met some of the club members last year. Very nice people.
Seeya in a few weeks.

conniver04 01-01-2006 09:16 PM

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Hello, My name is Kenny and My wife Sheila and my son Matt. We have rented a home on s state st for the winter and will be up just about every weekend. We all ride 05 mxz rev 600 h.o sdi's.

I have been coming to the area for about 5 years now and just love everything about it. We just got home from there a few minutes ago and had a great ride on Sat(New years eve). As always the trails were smooth and there were not alot of people out this weekend. Well hope to meet everyone soon and if you see 3 black Ski-doo's out on the trails don't be afraid to say hello. See ya next weekend.

SPEED RACER 01-02-2006 08:46 AM

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Hello to everyone! I am from the Grand Rapids area. Myself Luke and my wife Robin have been riding in the U.P. almost exclusively since 96. We enjoy the Middle and Eastern U.P. the most.

My wife and I are both Snow Chaser members and enjoy Eastern U.P area alot. I continue to look forward to seeing the sport promoted and supported by the Straits area Snowmobile club and all the people who participate in it. We enjoy snowmobiling in and around the St. Ignace area. The people are courteous and always friendly.

I will say it again, the Cut River Trail is one of my favorite trails in the U.P. and I look forward to running it multiple times throughout the season. Keep on the lookout for two Black Renegades. You Can't Miss my wife Robin she lights up like a X-mas tree with her Orange FXR snowmobile suit.

Beagle1 01-09-2006 05:34 PM

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Well, I am familiar with just about everybody that has posted so far. So you probably know me too. I don't know if that's good or bad :(

I can be found as Ron_W on many other boards around the web. My wife Jackie and I live in the Downriver area, s/o Detroit. We have been Snow Chasers for 6 years now, since year one. But I have been meaning to add to that for a while. And the job the Straits Area is doing is awesome, and they deserve our support also! We ride both systems, we should give to both right :conf:

We both ride Cats. I have a 2002 ZR800efi Black and she has a 2004 ZR900efi Black. I also have a BRIGHT ORANGE FXR outfit. If someone hits me they must be blind :help_wsig

I am a Senior Dyno Technician. I perform engine ECU calibrations and emissions testing on many dyno test beds. I work for an independent global powertrain development company. My wife is a Lease Manager at a Ford dealer. We have 3 great children, 16, 14 & 5. And they like riding too!

Thanks for all your efforts...TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS!!!

andie245 01-10-2006 11:12 AM

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Hm, what to tell you...I am new to snowmobiling, as of just last winter. My husband took me to Grayling first, and snowmobiling was fun. THEN we went to St. Ignace, to visit our friends, Lance and Lori, and snowmobiling was a BLAST!! We now LOVE St. Ignace, and I really hate the thought of going anyplace else! Look for us!

We both ride Cats...I don't really know all the details. We usually stay at the same place, which I don't want to mention here, because I don't want everyone to get the rooms before we do!

Our home is in Flushing, just NW of Flint. I teach during the day and am Secretary to my husband's new venture: Atkinson Transportation. We bought a Semi this summer and are now running a business on top of everthing else. We have 4 teens/tweens, who have not come up with us, because I would like to meet the people who can afford to ride with a family of 6!! YIKES!!

Well, can't wait to see all of you. I am really hoping to get Chris in on some of those "guy rides"... We'll keep watching the board!

Good thing for the preview option, I never mentioned my name...It's Andrea...I'm the slow one on the trails, shaking my head at the crazies out there!!! Just kidding (we really haven't run into any CRAZY people...It just seems crazy to those of us who are new to the sport!!)

yoke 01-10-2006 04:14 PM

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Howdy folks, I'm Rick and my wife is Peg. We are both retired teachers and new to snowmobiling. I think we are probably to blame for the lack of snow here in SW michigan as we bought new sleds in mid December and they are still parked in our new covered trailer totally unridden.:sorry2: We have '05Polaris 500 and 600 Classic sleds and are very much looking forward to riding up north this winter. This looks like a very friendly group and we'll probably see some of you around somewhere this winter.

snoman800 01-10-2006 08:01 PM

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hi ev1 eastern up riding is the best have rode the entire u.p. and most of ontario canada but always liked to ride eastern u.p. the most. the 3 of us me my brother and our dad ride i have 2 polaris 2000 xc 700, 96 polaris trail and brother rides 600 gettin up there in age 67 yrs last ride there he couldn't keep it outa the trees had to replace hood on the indy trail tree got in front of him on the way to ceaderville.we are all from ohio (8hrs) long drive but been riding the u.p. since 93 and love it hope get more snow soon planing trip to brevort.

SmittyAllSeason 01-11-2006 07:49 PM

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HI, my name is Jeff and my wife is Jill. We come to the Straits area often and love the trail conditions most of the time. Looking foward to this season and glad to see the new forum.

polaris4me2 01-21-2006 05:46 PM

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Polaris4me is my boyfriend. He told me about this site, so I had to check it out:cool2: . Great site and thanks for all the work on the trails. We'll be up their soon.:thumb:

fastcat 02-09-2006 08:37 AM

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Hi everyone- My name is Craig and I live in Waterford, MI. My family is from St. Ignace, I spent alot of time at my Grandparents on Church St. My family used to own the Hardware store/Lumber yard in St. Ignace ( currently Straits area Hardware) it was Hollingsworth Lumber when we were up there.

My wife Sandi and I have ridden the UP quite a bit but usually stay around Paradise. We ride Arctic Cats, mine is a green ZR600 and hers is a black ZL 500. The last time we stayed in town was a few years ago, I'm looking forward to this weekend.

I work at General Motors at the Hybrid Development Center as an Engineering Technician. Hopefully soon you will all be driving vehicles that we designed and built right here!

I hope everyone has safe rides and smooth trails, have a great season!

stin30 03-06-2006 02:38 PM

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Hi, My name is Shaun, and my wife is Christy, we are from Ohio. After almost 30 yrs of riding a 1977 Ski Doo RV, I liquidated all the RV stuff and bought two 1980 Blizzard 9500’s and a trailer. Amazing what people will pay for an RV!! Blizz’s are cheap go fast sleds that so far, have done OK. Winter has abandoned us in Ohio, must be the price we pay for a Michigan win…….lol.

We just got back from a trip to Grayling and it went pretty good, but bumpy. This was my first trip back to MI in 20 yrs, and it was nice. Not to bad considering our vintage sleds. My wife is from Oklahoma and is new to snowmobiling, and wants to come back. She liked the RV and is getting used to the Blizzard.

I have made reservations at the Quality Inn for the 11th, but not sure how the snow will be up there??? Also, it looks like the Q Inn is relatively close to the trail start, is that true?? How much of a problem will be to get to the trails from there??

From this site and the pics the trails look much nicer than Grayling. Do you guys think the Blizz’s would do OK? We are bringing the kid’s this trip, and only have the two sleds to ride, but kids don’t weigh too much…lol… 14, one 10, so we should be OK that way.

Well give me a shout or a reply at Nice board you have here thanks!!

Shaun and Christy.

crg88x 03-06-2006 09:12 PM

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This is Eric and I am from Clio, Mi. I ride with my dad most of the time and usually just start from the trail head then decide from there. Never really having a destination but just like to have fun. My dad ride an 06 F6 black and green and I ride an 02 ZR 500 w/ a green windshield. Love the trials and keep up the good work!!!:thumb:

tdoorlag 03-08-2006 08:51 AM

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Hello: My boyfriend and I are coming up from Kalamazoo this weekend to ride and I need a sled as mine is out of commission. Does anyone know of a reliable, resonable place to rent one? Thanks for helping. Also, I keep checking the trail report but was wondering if anyone knew first hand how the trails are? It's suppose to be 65 down in Kalamazoo this weekend with rain.

Snow VP 03-08-2006 10:04 AM

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The Quality Inn in St. Ignace has sleds for rent in conjunction with the Fish & Hunt shop from Curtis. The Quality Inns # is 906-643-9700
There was another one in town, but I can not think of the name. If you don't have any luck with Quality, ask them and if they don't know post back on the message board, and I will see what I can find. I know other from the board have rented here before.

newm316 03-12-2006 05:06 AM

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Hi my name is John i live in Roseville Michigan just north of Detroit. I ride mostly in the Gwinn area. Rode out of St. Ignace on the 22 of Feb and went to Lake of the Clouds and back by Sunday. Ride mostly in the UP have over 3000 miles on this year and with 400 more next weekend will have 10,000 on my 04 Renagade X SDI. Also wear alot of orange either Skidoo or Reima. Love to ride and teach safety classes in SE michigan. My wife Mary also rides and is a leader in the For Women Only ride for the last 8 years. She has been on the cover of the MSA mag and on Snowtrails TV. Our 2 oldest kids Jackie 7 and Johnathon 4 ride and Jacob 9 months will be riding next year.

Will be riding Friday March 17 from the Rec area headed to Grand Marais for the weekend. If you see me say hi.

Snow VP 01-18-2007 04:21 PM

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No one is saying hi, so I though that I would freshen this post up.
Newbies, don't be afraid to stop in, say Hi, or just chat about something, everyone is friendly around here.

Numbers are looking good this year, we have had 20+ new members just in the last week. (now if we just had some snow!) We broke 350 members on Tuesday, not too shabby!

Arctic-Doo 02-17-2007 07:32 PM

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Hi Sledders,

I'm Luke from a little town called New Lothrop. I've been snowmobiling for about 11 years now. Lately I don't get up there as much as I would like to but I try. I have a 1996 Ski Doo Formula 500 and a 2001 Arctic Cat Pantera 580 EFI. My wife doesn't ride as much as I would like, its just not her type of sport. Oh well I respect that so she lets me enjoy it as much as possible.
I just came across this site by accident, glad I found it though. I have a trip planned for next weekend to be in the area. I am staying at the Cedarville Inn.

BTW Hope to ring in on some issues with all you fine folks, Take care, Luke

masseyman 02-21-2007 02:04 PM

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Hi folks, I've been popping on and off this site for a year or so. I ride most of the time in the St. Ignace/Brevort area so this site has been very useful for me. My name is Jon and I live in the thumb area of lower Michigan on a small farm. I get my nickname 'masseyman' from the dozens of Ski-whiz sleds that my brother and I have collected over the years. I've been sledding all of my life since the late 60's/early 70's and started out on a Massey....still have the original in my barn, along with 2 '68 evinrudes we've had since new. I, my wife Jennifer and my two teenage children all ride Polaris now....'03 xcsp 500, '99 Indy trail, '98 Indy lite. Nice meeting all of you.

SuperSportJay 10-15-2007 10:10 PM

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I've introduced myself on here before and I check up on the site quite frequently. I live down in Monroe, MI and I am fairly new to the sport. I got started about 2 years ago. The first year, I was finishing my degree and didn't have a lot of time to ride. Last year, I couldn't wait to ride St. Iggy and it never developed due to the lack of the white stuff! I did get to ride Gaylord(LP), Evart(LP), and Newberry(UP). Newberry was a blast once you got out of town but still wasn't the best riding conditions. Either way, we had a great time, it was just rough on the sleds which leads me in to the next topic; My machine(s). I have two that my girlfriend and I ride. Mine is a 2001 Polaris SuperSport 550 Fan with 3000 miles on it. My other sled (the one she claims) is a 1996 Polaris Indy Trail 500 Fan with 1900 miles on it. Both of them are great machines and proved to be an asset last year with the lack of snow and higher temperatures. I drive a 2003 Ford Ranger FX4 Level II (Black) and I have a 1994 - 2 place covered Triton trailer (White) It's only Oct 15th and I'm getting the fever bad already!!!!!! I've been looking forward to the snowshow in Novi in a few weeks (, and taking some time off of work to hit the trails. I really hope that things pan out better this year and that I can get up to ride St. Ignace like I planned to last year. I hope Mother Nature makes up with Old Man Winter and we can get things back to normal this year. Like I said before, I constantly check the trail reports on this site and look at what everyone has to say on the forums. I'd like to become a more active part of the club if time would permit, but right now it's just not possible. If things pan out this year I'd really like to meet some of you folks that are part of the club and enjoy all that St. Iggy has to offer. SNOW BABY SNOW!!! Everyone needs to start their snow dances now!!!!!

Jason Baker
Monroe, MI
2001 Polaris Supersport 550
1996 Polaris Indy 500 Trail

conniver04 10-16-2007 12:53 PM

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Jason, I live just north of ya in Newport and go to Moran every weekend come Jan1. Anytime your looking for someone to ride with just shout.

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