The conditions are right for snowmobilers in East Otter Tail County.

Dennis Tigges, groomer for the Ottertrail Riders snowmobile club, said that trail conditions in the area are the best of the season.

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"At this time our trails are in excellent, probably fabulous, conditions," Tigges said. "Everything is groomed up and ready to go."

Tigges said that snowmobilers have been out taking advantage of the groomed trails.

"People have definitely been enjoying it this season," he said.

Tigges hopes that even more riders will be out taking advantage of the improved trails.

Tigges said that the club has been custom grooming near Henning, so that snowmobilers can expand their riding area.

Slushy areas around the region that had caused problems for riders have since solidified, Tigges said.

"The lakes had been slushy recently," he said, "but everything's gotten better lately. At least on the trail system, there's no slush."

According to the profile of the club, there are 138 miles of snowmobile trails throughout Otter Tail County.

Tigges said that a large part of the trail system is on private property, and that it's important that riders stay on the trails.

The Ottertrail Riders Club meets the third Monday of every month at the New York Mills VFW at 8 p.m., and welcomes new or prospective members.

Trail conditions are available at the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce website, and are updated regularly. Snowmobile maps are available at the chamber office.

For more information or to join the Ottertrail Riders Club, call 763-577-0185, or e-mail

The club will be organizing a group ride in February, but details are not yet finalized.