The weekend of January 26, 27 and 28 will see the Klondike Snowmobile Association journeying out on a group ride to Mount McIntyre and Fish Lake area to observe the night sky.

The idea for the Aurora ride was hatched by James Connor, director at the Klondike Snowmobile Association, who also works at Air North. Air North’s recent Aurora flight inspired him to set up the event. Connor will be observing the weather on Friday morning to determine which evening will best work to see the incredible Aurora-lit sky.

“I was working on the Aurora flight and I thought that would be pretty cool to do while sledding (snowmobiling),” said Connor.

And, he said, every year members have been requesting more group events. This will be the first major event for the winter season.

It doesn’t matter what level of snowmobiling skill you have, everyone is welcome to join. The route is easy going, but if you’re like Connor you can try to keep up with him at the front of the group.

There will be a number of experienced snowmobilers from the board who will ensure everyone’s safety. They will provide an overview before the ride to ensure everyone is comfortable and ready to go.

All you need is access to a sled (snowmobile) and there are options to rent sleds and trailers with discounted prices for members.

The route will start at Fish Lake Road/Copper Haul Trail staging area and will run from 6 p.m. until about 10 p.m., weather dependent.

“The further you get away from town and the lights, the more intense the sky looks,” said Connor. He has been riding sleds since he could remember, and got his first sled at 13 years old. His dad is also a board member.

The inaugural Aurora Snowmobile Ride should make for an incredible experience to enjoy the trails and either try something new, make new friends, or have some new riding buddies for the future.

Other events the Klondike Snowmobile Association has planned include Take a Friend Snowmobiling Ride on Saturday, February 10, and the Dawson Overland Trail Ride on Saturday, March 3. For more information about events, rentals, or anything snowmobiling check out KSA.yk.ca.