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March 31 marks end of snowmobile trail season

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PIERRE (AP) — March 31 marks the official end of the season for the statewide snowmobile trail system.

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Black Hills Trails District supervisor Shannon Percy says grooming operations began in full force on the season opener and crews have been consistently grooming throughout the season. Grooming operations will continue as long as snow conditions allow until March 31.

Trails Program specialist Tony Schmitt says conditions were not as ideal in the eastern part of the state. He says a majority of the East River trail systems didn't receive the necessary snowfall for trail grooming.

The best trail conditions this season were in the Brookings, De Smet and Lake Poinsett areas.

The program is funded by snowmobile users through license registration fees, fuel tax reimbursement and an excise tax on the sale of snowmobiles.

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