The St. Helen Snowpackers is a snowmobile club that was originally formed in 1986. The Snowpackers receive two grants from the Michigan DNR. The grant money is awarded to the Snowpackers to maintain the shared trail system in St. Helen, Michigan.
The Snowpackers groom the trails in the winter for snowmobiles and grade the trails in the summer for ORV’s. All grooming and grading is performed under the direction of the DNR.
The members of the Snowpackers are a group of volunteers who work to keep the trail system in the best shape possible. There is always lots to do: grooming; grading; brushing; signing; maintaining and repairing equipment; and all the documentation required by the DNR.
The Snowpackers host an annual Snow Run and No Snow Fun Run each year. The club also participates in Trunk or Treat at the campground and is a competitor in the holiday light contest that is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
The annual Snow Run is held the second Saturday in February at the Snowpackers’ clubhouse on St. Helen Road. A ticket to the event makes you eligible for lunch on the trail, pit stop prizes and door prizes. There is also a Silent Auction with lots of nice items donated by area businesses. The Snowpackers mark a trail and local businesses host pit stops along the way. This is always a lot of fun and a great way to meet other snowmobile enthusiasts. There is also an alternative route for wheeled vehicles. This allows the event to be held regardless of the snow conditions.
The annual No Snow Fun Run is similar to the Snow Run with pit stop prizes and door prizes, but the pit stops are unmanned. Any vehicle that is trail legal can participate in this event. This event is held at the pavilion at the township campground. Lunch is served at the pavilion and vendors are encouraged to set up and promote their business or organization.
Trunk or Treat is always a great event in St. Helen. Local merchants and organizations set up in the campground with spooky displays and lots of candy to pass out to the trick or treaters. This is a good time for kids of all ages and the Snowpackers really enjoy being a part of this community event.
The Snowpackers won the Chamber of Commerce Christmas light display contest in 2019, which was our first time entering the event. Hopefully you had a chance to drive by and see our display. We had lots and lots of lights and the Grinch and Santa were driving our trail groomers to deliver gifts. The Snowpackers had so much fun with this that we just didn’t want to stop putting up lights. We started planning for next year’s display before Santa returned to the North Pole.
We hope that you get an opportunity to come out and meet our volunteers and learn what we are really all about. If you can support the Snowpackers by joining the club or by volunteering your time for brushing the trails or working an event, let us know. We hold our meetings at the clubhouse, 520 N. St. Helen Rd, St. Helen, MI on the third Saturday of each month at 10am, except in November which is when we hold our annual meeting to thank all our members who volunteer their time throughout the year.
HAVE FUN! BE SAFE! STAY RIGHT!