Rough year for snowmobilers with lack of snow

BISMARCK, N.D. - With less than two inches of snow on the ground, it's hard to go out and ride a sled.

With the little amount of snow sticking to the ground, that doesn't stop the Rough Riders from continuing to ride. They just go elsewhere.

Last year, the Rough Riders were riding around town bringing people to and from work with their CERT program, but this year they're having a hard time to even go out and sled.

"All we can hope for is snow. A lot of people don't like it, but I don't mind it I guess. Something to do in the winter time," said Don Schmidt, trail coordinator with the Rough Rider Snowmobile Association.

Without snow in town, the club travels to ride in other states that do have enough snow to ride on.

"They go to Cooke City, Big Horn, Laramie, West Yellowstone," said Schmidt.

The Rough Riders aren't the only ones disappointed there's no snow. Moritz Sport and Marine says they're not as busy compared to last year.

They say service calls and sales are down, but ATV's and UTV sales are up.

Without snow it makes for a slow winter for businesses like Moritz Sport and Marine, because they say they rely in part on snowmobile sales.