Sleds across the border

by Kirsten Armleder

A group of sledders on a trail in Saskatchewan.
The new cross-border trail will allow snowmobilers in Saskatchewan to ride trails in North Dakota and vice versa. Photo courtesy Royce Barlow

Opening this winter is a new snowmobile trail that will link the province of Saskatchewan with the state of North Dakota. The first of its kind, this international snowmobile trail will allow snowmobilers to cross the border at the Port of Carievale on their sleds. Like other travellers, they will need a passport to cross but once they are across, they will gain access to trail systems throughout North Dakota and vice versa. 

Saskatchewan snowmobilers heading into North Dakota must also purchase an out-of-state permit, which costs $15. There is no fee for snowmobilers crossing into Saskatchewan though. 

To commemorate the opening of this trail, there will be an international ride taking place on February 15, 2014, and the out-of-state permit will be waived for that day.

According to a recent press release, the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association (SSA) and Snowmobile North Dakota have been working on this project for a few years and both groups are thrilled to see it come to fruition.

“The clubs are very happy about this new trail,” said Chris Brewer, who is the executive director of the SSA. “This is a great opportunity for traffic to go back and forth. It’s an expansion of our trail system and, of course, an expansion of their trail system.”

Sled 'N Snap, an online sledding forum and photo contest that is sponsored by the SSA, the Alberta Snowmobile Association and Snoman Inc. (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) is also celebrating the opening of the new trail by allowing snowmobilers in North Dakota to submit photos for the contest.

Stay tuned for more details. 

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