Pete Ames is the chief engineer at the Best Western hotel. He volunteers every winter to lay 13 miles of trail with a snowmobile. David Sommerstein came across him while on a ski recently and has this Heard Up North.
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"My name is Pete Ames, I'm chief engineer at the Best Western, and I do the trails on the course every year. Duck, the guy who used to do it, was getting pretty old, and wanted somebody to try it. So I said 'sure, I'll give it a try', and I've been doing it ever since."
"One year I think back into 2003…real heavy snow that year and the deer were using the trail to walk on. Well, when I came down the trail the deer stood off to the side of the trail, within three feet of the snowmobile. I actually reached out and grabbed some hair off one of the deer. I did, God's honest truth. Yes, I did. It was the most amazing thing because they stood right there and didn't move.
"For all the local townspeople and guests at the motel, college students, everybody, it's a great winter sport, everybody likes it. I see 'em out here all the time, I get comments, people flag me down, and say 'thanks, you're doing a great job!' It's pleasing to do that, you know?"