Fans of vintage snowmobiles will gather Saturday, Jan. 14, for the Holdingford Sno-Flyers Vintage Run. This is the ninth annual vintage run that typically draws around 400 people and will be held at the Sno-Flyers’ Clubhouse in Avon.
The event features a 13-mile trail – open to vintage sleds as well as modern sleds – a swap meet, awards and door prizes.
The Holdingford Sno-Flyers club was established in 1968.
“It was started by a group of people that had a love of the winter outdoors,” said member Sue Marstein. “These hearty individuals raised money and built one of the first snowmobile clubhouses in Minnesota.”
The clubhouse, located just outside of Holdingford off of County Road 9, sits on 40 acres near the Wobegon Trail and is open to the public. The two-story building features a fireplace and lounge upstairs and a bar, kitchen area and bathrooms in the downstairs area.
“It is open December through March for passing visitors, snowmobilers and ice fisherman to stop for food and beverages,” Marstein said. “There is also a great sledding hill for children.”
The clubhouse is operated by the 35 families who are members of the Sno-Flyers.
Wayne Resseman has been a member of the club for more than 20 years and has been interested in snowmobiling since the age of eight.
“I got my first snowmobile in 1971,” he recalled. “My dad bought one for us and we just started riding. It gave us a chance to go out and explore.”
Resseman said his love of snowmobiles continued after his father purchased their first one.
Now, he has multiple sleds – ranging from vintage sleds to modern sleds.
“We have way more than we actually need,” he laughed.
His favorite is his Dolphin vintage sled that he purchased off the Internet.
“It was a chance to grab part of my childhood back,” he said of purchasing the sled. “It’s really rare and I’m starting to collect them.”
Resseman said the Vintage Run is a perfect family event.
“We’re geared more toward family and bringing the kids out and just enjoying the time,” he said. “The kids are the future of our trails and we need to get them involved.”
Marstein said the club maintains and grooms about 42 miles of snowmobile trails that connect Albany, Bowlus, St. Stephen, Opole, Rice, Upsala and the Wobegon Trail.
For more information about the Vintage Run or the Sno-Flyers, contact Resseman at (320) 363-8172. “It’s guaranteed you’ll have a good time,” Resseman said.