History of the Tour:

Four riders started the idea of a fundraising snowmobile ride when they rode their sleds around Lake Superior in 1999.  Randy Bannor, Larry Bannor, Greg Sorenson and Dennis Nelson received $15,000 in monetary contributions, which were used to help those fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  A year later, a group of dedicated people banded together to form what is now the Black Woods Blizzard Tour.  Black Woods Bar & Grill jumped on board as title sponsor of this annual event.  In its first year there were 38 riders raising $46,000.  Eighteen years later, $8.8 million has been raised! 

The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

Each year, the Black Woods Blizzard Tour brings people together in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Though we participate for various reasons, we are united in our quest to find a cure for ALS. 

Rider Testimonials:

"Besides the great time, besides the wonderful friends we have made, and besides the family that we have all become, year after year those involved with the Black Woods Blizzard Tour never cease to amaze me in their efforts and dedication to one goal: to help those with ALS." Kathy Bernier

"I am an avid snowmobile rider.  In 2012 I realized I truly wanted to devote some of my time to helping others.  I happened upon the Black Woods Blizzard Tour through a raffle they were doing at a Minnesota Twins game. As I learned more about the Tour, I realized it would be more than a snowmobile trip for me; but a chance to give to those that need it.  I found out that ALS had impacted, and continues to do so, people close to my inner circle of friends. When I decide to do something, I am "all in."   Jeff Eliason

Testimonials from those the Chapter serves:

“The adaptive fishing reel that you sent me works very well.  It took a little bit to get used to, though.  The past two weekends my son took me fishing.  Last Saturday we went fishing on the river.  I caught a catfish that weighed 7 pounds and was 26 ½ inches long.  My son was surprised that the electric reel could pull in a fish that big.  The Sunday before, we fished on another river and caught cat fish much smaller.  Thanks for making my life a little easier."  Mike, a person with ALS in North Dakota 

“Dear ALS Family,
All of you were awesome!  I couldn’t have done it without you.  I think of my tears on the phone and the kind words that were given to me.  When I didn’t know how I was going to take care of Joe, you were there to guide me.  When we needed equipment, it was there the next day.  When the burden seemed too heavy, respite care was provided.  You were all such a blessing to me and my entire family.  We can never, never thank you enough!  Bless all of you.” Joe’s wife and family

"It is with a sad but grateful heart that I enclose memorials from the family and friends of my mother.  These memorials represent the true heart of those individuals who have offered them on her behalf.
My mother was diagnosed with ALS on February 22 and endured her 9-month battle against it with great courage and dignity, passing away on November 8.  None of us will ever forget her amazing spirit, strength, beauty and humor.
My mom was the recipient of many of the services offered through The ALS Association and was always treated supremely well.  We will forever be grateful for all the hard work you do and the services you offer to those suffering with and affected by ALS.  We hope these enclosed memorial gifts help in the work you do.  We look forward to the day when there will be a cure for ALS so that not one more person will have to suffer with this horrible, debilitating disease."  My very best regards, Daughter of a Person with ALS

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