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Great Meadows Opens to Snowmobiles

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, December 26 2012 at 4:39 PM, Updated: Wed, December 26 2012 at 4:51 PM

Snowmobile season at Lake of the Woods is now getting underway, thanks to a white Christmas...

George Gregory of the Lake of the Woods Resort formally opened the snow park to snowmobiles today...

"This is some of the best early snow that we've had in a long time.  There's not a lot of base out there, but we were riding almost to Four Mile Lake in 5 to 6 feet of snow yesterday."

According to ODOT measurements, there's about 42 inches of snow on the ground at Great Meadows.  

Recreation Program Manager Michael Boles of the Fremont-Winema National Forest says that was enough for Forest Service officials to give a 'green light' to snowmobiles...

"I'm sure that many of the clubs are chomping at the bit to get up there - and today's the day."

Great Meadows almost didn't open to snowmobiles last year.

"We did open in December."  Notes Boles.  "But then we had a mild January, so then we had to close, and then re-open later, when the snow returned.  So, it was very sporadic."

George Gregory notes that the snowmobile traffic from Medford and Klamath Falls could help boost business at Lake of the Woods...

"We are absolutely thrilled to have this kind of start to winter here at Lake of the Woods.  The last few years have been really slim on the snow, and this is just going to be great for everybody."

Snowmobile season at Great Meadows normally runs through early April.

The season can be suspended if snow levels drop to the point where the meadows, or snowmobiles could be damaged.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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