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The Black Woods Blizzard Tour is 3-day snowmobile ride and fundraiser. The Tour's motto is to 'Never Surrender.'  This ride to fight ALS helps people with ALS and their families through their journey with ALS. 

The Black Woods Blizzard Tour starts with a reception at Black Bear Casino Resort, in Carlton at 1785 Hwy 210, on Wednesday evening, February 8, 2023. After a night's stay at the Casino Resort, riders depart Thursday morning for Lake Vermilion where they enjoy dinner and accommodations at Fortune Bay Resort Casino. On Friday morning participants ride down to Grand Rapids, where we'll gather for dinner and conversation at Timberlake Lodge. Riders spend the night and return to Black Bear Casino Resort on Saturday, February 11. Our Welcome Home Celebration Dinner will be at Black Bear Casino Resort.

Registration is required. Riders must be at least 21 years of age and willing to donate or fundraise. Money raised will help people living with ALS. Participants must raise, or donate, a minimum of $2,000. First year participants have a one-time incentive with a minimum of $1,500.

*All donations must be turned in to the Black Woods Blizzard Tour by February 8, 2023, to qualify for incentive prizes.

The ride is for experienced riders only (riding up to 170 miles each of the first two days and 80 miles the last day).  Speeds average 40 mph during the trip.  

We have a welcome home Celebration Dinner on Saturday, February 11th at Black Bear Casino Resort. We will stream the program live using Facebook Live in addition to a link provided by our audio-visual company. Watch for both links on our home page. 


The ride begins with a gathering Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 Hwy 210, Carlton, MN 55718. Festivities conclude Saturday, February 11, 2023, with our Celebration Dinner at Black Bear Casino Resort.

Final plans are dependent on snowfall at the time of the event and any adjusted plans by the committee.

2023 Black Woods Blizzard Tour Itinerary

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

1:30 pm – 8 pm    Registration at Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 Hwy 210, Carlton, MN 55718
6 pm – 8 pm   Reception& Dinner Buffet
6pm   Leads & Sweeps check-in and First Time Riders check-in                     
7:30pm              Program and meet your group
8:30 - 11 pm   Meet, greet & fellowship
10 pm   Pizza!
11 pm   Bedtime






Thursday, February 9, 2023 

6 - 8:30 am             Breakfast 
7 am   Timed departure begins from Black Bear Casino Resort
7 - 8:30 am   Luggage in hotel lobby by main entrance
9:30 am   Bus departure on Minnesota Coaches for some half riders
10:30 am - 1pm   Lunch: Regional Railroad Authority & Goodland Community Center (sponsored by Subway)
    Refueling (sponsored by Superior Fuel, Molo & Holiday)
3 – 4 pm   Arrival Fortune Bay Resort Casino 
    Refueling and oil (sponsored by Superior Fuel, Molo, Holiday & Amsoil)
4 pm   Black Woods Blizzard Tour Group Photo Outside
3 – 6 pm   Hospitality in Sumac Room (sponsored by Bernick’s & Super One Foods)
5:30 pm   First Year Meet & Greet (Woodlands Ballroom at Fortune Bay)
6:00 pm   Social Hour in Woodlands Ballroom at Fortune Bay Resort Casino
6:30 pm   Dinner at Fortune Bay Resort Casino
7:15 pm   Program followed by Deuces Wild 









Friday, February 10, 2023 

 6am - 8 am   Breakfast at Fortune Bay Resort Casino                                                          
7 am    Timed departure begins from Fortune Bay 
7 - 8:30 am   Luggage in hotel lobby by main entrance
10:30 am - 1 pm           Lunch: Path Blazers Club House & Big Fork Community Center (compliments of Black Woods Group & Hockenberg Newburgh)
                                Refueling (sponsored by Superior Fuel, Molo & Holiday)
3:30 pm    Arrival at Timberlake Lodge Resort, Grand Rapids   
    Refueling and oil (sponsored by Superior Fuel, Molo, Holiday & Amsoil)
3 pm - 11 pm   Campfire in parking lot of TimberLake Lodge
6 pm - 9 pm   Raffle
 6 pm    Social Hour 
6:30 pm   Dinner (as a group)
7:15 pm   Program
8:30 - 11 pm   Northwoods Band


Saturday, February 11, 2023 

6:30 - 8:30 am             Breakfast in each of the three hotels
7:30 am   Timed departure begins
7 - 8:30 am   Luggage in hotel lobbies (by the main door of each of the three hotels)
10:30 - 1 pm        Campfire lunch on the trailes hosted by Willey's Marine & Savana Drifters (compliments of Super One Foods & Bernick's) 
2 - 4 pm   Approximate arrival back to Black Bear Casino Resort
4 - 6:30 pm   Social Hour (silent auction and cash bar)                                                     
6:30 pm   Dinner; reservations are required
7 pm   Silent auction closes
7:30 pm   Awards program







Sunday, February 12, 2023  

    6 - 10 am                Continental breakfast in the Cobalt Room of Black Bear Casino Resort             



You will be provided with the following during the Black Woods Blizzard Tour: 

  • Fuel and oil during the Tour (Please arrive with a full tank of fuel and top off your oil)
  • Double occupancy up to four nights with another rider or volunteer. The last night of the event is Saturday, February 11. If you have a guest coming to the Celebration Dinner and you would like to have them stay with you in the hotel, let Sandy know of your request. You will be sent an invoice for one-half of the room cost AFTER the event.
  • Basic mechanical support and limited alternate sleds in case of a breakdown 
  • Most meals during the Tour.  

You will be asked to sign a waiver, releasing organizers and sponsors of any liability during the ride. You must provide proof of liability insurance, with limits of a minimum of $100,000. 

Universal hand signals must be used during the organized ride for everyone’s safety. These signals have been adopted by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations. For details on the approved hand signals, check their website.   



Please review our rules of etiquette to ensure you are aware of our codes of behavior. Behavior that is not respectful of others or our mission, will not be tolerated.