- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota snowmobile trails are scheduled to open Monday, but officials are still waiting for snow.

Black Hills trails district supervisor Shannon Percy says the Black Hills has seen minimal snowfall so far this season. He adds that grooming operations will be limited until the snowfall accumulation increases.

Eastern South Dakota trails are also experiencing a snow shortage. Officials say snow conditions have deteriorated since trails in the area saw significant accumulations in November. State trails program specialist Tony Schmitt says higher temperatures have left many areas along the trail systems without snow, and trails won’t be groomed until four or five inches of snow accumulate.

Snowmobile clubs in eastern South Dakota groom and maintain more than 1,200 miles of trails through an agreement with the state.


Online: www.gfp.sd.gov/snowmobiling

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