User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


60° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Snowmobile Dealers Missing Key Ingredient

January 9, 2012, 5:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Snowmobile Dealers Missing Key Ingredient
SIOUX FALLS, SD - While many in KELOLAND have been celebrating the lack of snow so far this winter, one group of enthusiasts is growing impatient as they wait for a winter wonderland.

Snowmobile enthusiasts are usually pretty loyal to their brand of sled. But whatever manufacturer they support, those who like the winter rides can agree that they'd like some snow and soon.

"I joked last year when we had all of that snow that it is good to be a snowmobile dealer once every ten years. That must have been the 10 year because this year, with the kind of snow conditions we're having, we're struggling a little bit," Jim LeTendre said.

LeTendre is the owner of Power Brokers, in Sioux Falls which specializes in the consignment sale of power sports vehicles, including snowmobiles. He says right now, his shop is down one hundred sales of snowmobiles compared to this same time last year. But not all is lost. Four snowmobiles were purchased this past weekend alone.

"There's still a lot of enthusiasm for it. People are still excited.  The website is still getting hits.  People are still looking, but the motivation isn't there to go write the check yet," LeTendre said.

LeTendre adds that it’s only natural that some snow-covered fields in this area would surely add to sales. But he says the snow wouldn't actually have to fall right around here.

"It seems like the high-dollar stuff, the bigger mountain sleds that are used out west, they sell just about anytime because those people are the true enthusiasts; they'll go find the snow. The last-minute person who just wants one to rip around in the pasture or play around in the road ditches, he or she is probably sitting on the sideline waiting for a good reason," LeTendre said.

When that inspiration arrives is up to nature, but for those looking to ride, the arrival of a winter blanket is sure to be welcome.

Despite less snow, membership to the South Dakota Snowmobile Association has increased in recent years.

Snowmobile trail conditions in the Black Hills have a wide range of reports ranging from poor to good with some trails still having bare ground.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

SF Judge Considering Another Walmart Lawsuit

9/19/2014 5:41 PM

Homeowners believe the City of Sioux Falls didn't live up to its promise of having a conditional use permitting process for the new store proposed...

Full Story | Watch
Cracked Windshield Forces Jet To Land In Wichita

9/22/2014 1:12 PM

A 50-seat jet flying to Dallas was forced to land in Wichita after its windshield cracked.

Full Story
Great Outdoor Store Recognized By National Magazine

9/17/2014 3:33 PM

Outdoor USA Magazine is giving high marks to a Sioux Falls store.

Full Story
Committee Gives Final OK To Rest Stop Rule Changes

9/16/2014 1:22 PM

A South Dakota panel has approved rule changes in multiple state departments that include allowing the Department of Transportation to regulate newsst...

Full Story
Digital Guitar Made In Sioux Falls

9/16/2014 10:10 PM

Sioux Falls native and South Dakota State graduate Ed Cannon is behind a new product for Apple's iPad, iPhone and MacBook. 

Full Story | Watch


Events