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Snowmobiling Stuck in Park as Warm Weather Grips Northern Michigan

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With temperatures climbing into the high 30's and rain drizzling across Northern Michigan, snowmobilers are lamenting the sorry state of affairs on area trails.

Cadillac is a Mecca for sledheads, drawing in people from across the country to tackle its 106 miles of trails. But other than one big snowfall in December the season has been dismal.

"There's not much we can do unless Mother Nature helps us out," said Don Wing, president of Cadillac Winter Promotions. That group has 25 volunteers who groom the trails in the area to make for smooth sledding. This year the groomers have mostly been parked in the garage.

Meanwhile some people are losing their appetite for snowmobiling. Jami and Elliot Gurden put their pair of sleds up for sale on Craigslist.

"We got two calls right away and it was sad, it was like ‘they may be gone tomorrow,'" said Jami.

Not long ago they traded one for a camper. Now they are planning for some summer trips.

"We plan to take [the camper] and do quite a few more camping adventures."

But for Wing and his crew they wait on Mother Nature and some flurries to start flying.

"Snow dances, we want you to do a snow dance," said Wing.

9&10's Michael Kasiborski has more on the sluggish snowmobiling so far in 2013.

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