Snowmobilers in the Douglas County area are eagerly hitting the trails.

All of the Douglas Area Trails Association’s trails opened for riding last week. The snow over the weekend was welcome and nice temperatures are in the forecast this week, according to the association.

The DATA groomers are busy. Snowmobilers can check the schedule of where the trails are being groomed by going to www.douglasareatrails.com.

The association maintains 368 miles of snowmobile trails in west central Minnesota’s hardwood hills and river prairie landscapes.

With the abundance of lakes throughout Douglas County, the DATA Trails offer a combination of open flatland to heavily wooded, hilly riding opportunities. Snowmobilers often comment about the spectacular views and abundant wildlife they encounter while riding, according to the association’s website.

“Every community in Douglas County is connected by trail, so you are never far from food, gas, services, or accommodations,” the association noted.

A total of 36 miles of DATA’s system is the blacktopped, multi-use Central Lakes Trail, which connects to Fergus Falls to the north or the St. Cloud Area to the south.

DATA encourages snowmobiles to become members. A family membership is $40 per year with $20 going to MNUSA, the state snowmobile trail association.

Membership contributions help provide trail insurance coverage, new trail developments, double grooming during the height of the winter season, and helps pay for the annual landowner appreciation dinner.

Snowmobilers can sign up for a membership at any of the local snowmobile dealers – Ollie’s Service, Boomerang Marine & Sports, Evansville Sports & Lawn, DS Powersports, and Country Cat in Sauk Centre.