Vintage show at White Pine

Hundreds of classic snowmobile enthusiasts visited the White Pine Lodge in Christmas on Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 at the White Pine Snowmobile Show. Over 100 classic, vintage and antique sleds were on display.

“Everything has gone smoothly this year. Silent auction is full, people have traveled to be here and the weather couldn’t be better,” one of the head organizers of the show Cole Larson said. “We’re having a good time and that’s the most important thing.”

The group took a trip around Grand Island as part of their events, as well as competing in loudest pipe competitions and judging best in show. People from around the Midwest travelled to Christmas to enjoy the show, but it also got significant support from leadership of other Upper Peninsula-based snowmobile shows in Rapid River, Michigamme and Copper Country.

Locals jumped in as well, with one of the most attention-grabbing machines coming from Wetmore. Tom Carmody brought his Polaris Trail-a-Sled, a 125-horsepower machine that uses a propeller on the back of the vehicle instead of a track. There are only 12 vehicles made of the four-seat model owned by Carmody.

“I’ve done 12 shows in nine weeks with this thing. It means everything to be able to show it off here,” Carmody said.

This is the second consecutive year of the show. According to Larson, the White Pine Lodge show ran for years, but had stopped after the original organizers stepped away. Larson said that the group that restarted the show is spending more time learning from its second year back. A board is getting put together and incorporated with the hopes of growing the show more in the future.

“We’re learning from the things from last year to this year and that will help us grow into bigger and better things,” he said.