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The 2018 SnoBall 1/12-15/2018


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Date 01/12/18 - 01/15/18 This marks the 6th anniversary of SnoBall! and where GLRE got started. For 2018 we are ...


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This marks the 6th anniversary of SnoBall! and where GLRE got started. For 2018 we are currently limited to 65 trucks and 6 groups. The SnoBall is the only event in the world that combines High speed off-roading, deep snow, and skilled extractions with a Group/Team aspect.

6 Groups will be led by:

Alpha – Jason Kanakry
Bravo – Keith Mandoske
Delta – Joe Kubany
Echo – Roger Silva
Spartan – Todd Dessain
Yeti – John Hockaday

Regular Registration includes:
3 Days of offroading in the snow covered UP of Michigan lead by highly skilled and qualified GLRE Offroad support drivers
2018 SnoBall Sweatshirt for each participant
2018 SnoBall Placards
Entry to registration with Cash Bar and Vendors
Entry to the 2018 SnoBall Banquet and Raffle

VIP Registration includes:
All items included in Regular Registration
4 nights in a Suite at the Island Resort and Casino
Additional Swag Items
10 $10 Raffle tickets and two $20 Raffle Tickets

REGISTRATION– Registration will open on Sept 23rd at 12pm EST

The 2018 SnoBall is the 6th Annual premier winter Raptor Run/driving experience. Some of the greatest memories and stories of Raptor adventures have been created during the past SnoBall’s. As in the 2016 & 2017 SnoBall we will be staying at a centralized hotel in the UP, the Island Resort and Casino. At the 2018 Snoball you and your Raptor will encounter everything that Mother Nature and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan can throw at it. There will be areas of two track roads, logging trails, forest service roads and country roads. These roads will have varying degrees of snowfall on them, from significant snow fall to minimal/scraped country roads. From the moment you put the SnoBall official placard on your truck you are in for one of the most unique and exciting weekends ever. This is not a race we will stay together as a pack and work as a team to insure everyone makes it to each destination.

We have made some significant changes to the format and route this year. There are 3 specific routes, allowing only 2 groups on each trail at a time. This will minimize waiting and backups due to deep snow, stuck or broken down vehicles. As always, Dishno and other roads north of Champion are part of the planed route.

Great Lakes Raptor Excursions has chosen some of the most capable and experienced drivers as your group lead and chase trucks. You and your Ford Raptor will explore over 600 miles of the picturesque Upper Peninsula of Michigan within your group of 15 other Raptors. Lead and Chase trucks are outfitted with first aid kits, extraction equipment, VHF radio communications, GPS navigation and trail knowledge to get everyone to the final destination safely.

But the driving isn’t the only appeal to this run. We will also be staying at the nicest Hotel/Casino in the Upper Peninsula, The Island Resort and Casino. *****Please no Air Horns in the Casino.



SCHEDULE

Friday Night (1/12/2018)
There will be a mandatory SnoBall kick off and registration from 8:00pm to 10:00pm in the Eagles at the Island Resort and Casino during which time there will be vendors showing off product and talking about future plans There will also be an Cash Bar.

Schedule:
2000-2200 EST: SnoBall kick off meeting and registration at Island Resort and Casino in Eagles Room
All event times are in Eastern Time (Harris, MI is in the Central Time Zone)


Day 1: Saturday (1/13/2018)

This is the day everyone has been waiting for!!!! At 8:30am there will be a drivers meeting to go over some basics and so that everyone is on the same page.
Schedule:
0830 EST: Drivers Meeting
0900 EST: Groups to start departing the Island Resort and Casino


Day 2: Sunday (1/14/2018)
More Snow
Schedule:
0830 EST: Drivers Meeting
0900 EST: Groups to start departing the Island Resort and Casino


Day 3: Monday (1/15/2018)
More Snow, More Cold, More Fun!
Schedule:
0830 EST: Drivers Meeting
0900 EST: Groups to start departing the Island Resort and Casino

The Banquet
2000 EST: SnoBall Banquet/ Awards presentation in the Island Resort and Casino’s banquet room, there will be a Cash Bar open at the banquet.


Tuesday (1/16/18)
Depart for Home: Safe Travels

COST

Regular Registration
$500 per Truck/Driver and Co-Driver: Includes 2 SnoBall sweatshirt/Jacket, The SnoBall Placards, and entrance into closing event.

VIP Registration
$1600- 4 nights in a Island Resort Suite, 2 SnoBall sweatshirt/Jacket, The SnoBall Placards, 10 $10 Raffle Tickets, two $20 Raffle Tickets, and entrance into closing event.

RULES

100% Sober Driving. Alcohol consumption will not be tolerated on trails or any time you are driving. Remember these are state/public roads. If caught you will be asked to leave.
Illegal drug use will not be tolerated. Same as alcohol consumption
Do not tailgate
No littering
Know the limitations of your driving ability and your Raptor for the conditions.
No whiners!
Everyone in your vehicle must have a filled out waiver. NO Exceptions! You will not be allowed to participate without everyone having a completed waiver.
FUEL YOUR TRUCK UP EVERY EVENING!!!!!!!

What you need to bring
First and foremost every truck, Driver and Co-Pilot must be ready for the Ultimate cold weather Raptor Run ever planned. A positive attitude goes a long way. We will stay as a group though out this event and arrive at each destination as a pack, this is NOT a race. There will be times where the group is moving along great and other times where someone is stuck. The person stuck could be you one of the times so get out and help your fellow group members, its part of the appeal. Being as it is winter there maybe changes along the way depending on snow level for better and worse. Snow is the key to this trip, while it will be fun with minimal snow, blizzard type conditions make it unbelievable. Please keep an open mind and be prepared to be a part of the best cold weather Raptor Run ever planned.

Every truck must have these items at a minimum before participating in The 2017 SnoBall:

VHF Radio or a MUR’s Radio (Marine VHF radios will not work)
Radio Frequencies (Please make sure that your radio is programmed for these frequencies)
151.820 MHz GLRE1
151.880 MHz GLRE2
151.940 MHz GLRE3
152.000 MHz TRR1
152.750 MHz TRR2
Working 4wd and all maintenance up to date with no major issues
Rear facing amber lights. A high quality Spot Amber works great!
Good tires: With a lot of thread remaining.
Spare tire/Tires secured and located in the bed of the truck. Contact RPG Offroad, Allied Offroad or KHC for mounting solutions
2 bags of sand or cat litter
One shovel
1 Quart of ATF Fluid ** Gen 1 Requirement
Tow strap at least 20’ and rated to pull the truck
Winter boots: Lacrosse, Muck, Sorels, etc. You may have to get out into very deep snow.
Winter clothing: Just like above it is more than likely going to be cold and you will have to get out of your vehicle.
Ice Scraper/Snow brush & -30 degree windshield washer fluid

Recommended Additional Items

You do not need a Co-pilot but it is recommended to help with communication traffic and navigating the trails/roads. Plus it’s more fun with someone in the truck with you.
Snatch and tow straps
Navigation: Lowrance, Garmin, iPad, or Android tablet with an off-road map app.
5 gallons extra gas
A Come along
Floor jack and some wood blocks to help support it in the snow
Auxiliary lighting: While it can’t be used on road it would be a great benefit on the Truck trails, Forrest Service roads.
First Aid Kit


Lodging:

Island Resort and Casino
W399 U.S. 2
Harris, MI 49845
800-682-6040
$TBD + Tax [Code: Ford Raptor Group ] The entire event is based out of one hotel
http://www.islandresortandcasino.com
(Harris, MI is in the Central Time Zone)






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Registration will open September 23rd at 12pm EST.

Complete information available here. The 2018 SnoBall | Great Lakes Raptor Excursions (GLRE)


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Registration will open September 23rd at 12pm EST.

Complete information available here. The 2018 SnoBall | Great Lakes Raptor Excursions (GLRE)
I'm having trouble accessing the link. (Went last year --Keith's group -- Bravo -- great fun). Is it me . . . or the link?


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I'm having trouble accessing the link. (Went last year --Keith's group -- Bravo -- great fun). Is it me . . . or the link?

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got it -- issue was on my side (obviously) -- work computer blocked the site.


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