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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

2pm – 8pm    Registration at Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 Hwy 210, Carlton, MN 55718
6pm – 9pm   Reception Dinner
6pm   Leads & Sweeps check-in and first time participant check-in                     
7:30pm              Program and meet your group





 Thursday, February 9, 2023 

6 - 8am    Breakfast 
7am    Timed departure begins from Black Bear Casino Resort
9:00am    Bus departure on Minnesota Coaches for some half riders
10:30am - 1pm    Lunch Hoyt Lakes VFW/Regional Railroad Authority  (sponsored by Subway)
     Refueling (sponsored by Superior Fuel, Holiday & Molo)
3 – 4pm    Arrival Fortune Bay Resort Casino 
     Refueling and oil (sponsored by Superior Fuel, Holiday, Molo & Amsoil)
3 – 7pm    Hospitality in Sumac Room (sponsored by Bernick’s & Super One Foods)
5:30pm    First Year Meet & Greet (Woodlands Ballroom at Fortune Bay)
6:00pm    Social Hour in Woodlands Ballroom at Fortune Bay Resort Casino
7:00pm    Dinner and program at Fortune Bay Resort Casino
8:45pm    Potential entertainment 









Friday, February 10, 2023 

6am - 8am   Breakfast at Fortune Bay Resort Casino                                                          
7:15am    Timed departure begins from Fortune Bay towards Grand Rapids
9am   Riders on Half Ride depart on Minnesota Coaches
10:30am - 1pm    Lunch (location TBD) 
    Refueling (sponsored by Superior Fuel, Holiday & Molo)
3:30pm    Arrival at Timberlake Lodge Resort, Grand Rapids   
    Refueling and oil (sponsored by Superior Fuel, Holiday, Molo & Amsoil)
4pm - 12am   Bonfire & hospitality room (sponsored by Bernick’s & Super One Liquor)
4pm - 9pm   Raffle
5pm    Social Hour and Dinner
8 - 11pm   Potential Entertainment 



Saturday, February 11, 2023 

7am - 9am   Breakfast 
9 – 10am   Departure from Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids to Black Bear Casino Resort
2pm   Approximate arrival back in Carlton
4pm - 7pm   Social Hour (silent auction, raffles and cash bar)                                                     
7pm   Dinner; reservations are required
    Watch for more information on how to reserve a seat for guests
7:30pm   Awards program








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.