With all of the major blowdowns from the powerful storms that rolled through the state this summer, snowmobile cubs are already out on the trails clearing brush and downed trees. The area around Duluth was especially hard hit with two major storms that took out thousands of trees and downed power lines for tens of thousands of residents. “We’ve got about a month and a half of cutting to do to get the trails ready,” said one club spokesman, “and that is if we get full crews to work every weekend.” Part of the problem is that many snowmobile trails go through swampy areas that are difficult to access if there is still a lot of water around. “We’re hoping to get all of the high ground stuff done before our normal trail prep starts in November, hopefully we get early cold weather so we can get out and have all of the trails open by December 1st.” The other issue facing the clubs is manpower. Snowmobile clubs are a 100% volunteer effort and they need manpower to get the work done. If you enjoy any local trails and you are not part of a club we suggest joining one right away- they could all use your help in getting your favorite trails ready for the snow.