Michigan is typically home to cold, snowy winters which makes for great conditions if you’re into winter activities like ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, and winter 4wheeling. This year, however, its been warmer than usual. This winter has seen more rainfall than snowfall and consequently the deep fresh powder just isn’t there.
Each winter, around the last weekend in January, the Soldiers of Fortune Offroad club (SoFo) holds a trail riding event known as SnoFari. The event consists of a day and a half of winter wheeling, great food and good people. Celebrating 10 years strong, the event has grown over the years and is limited to around 60 vehicles plus trail guides and sponsors. This was BDS’s 4th year attending and we have a blast each year. We hit the road in the Project Raider, our 2015 Chevy HD towing Project KJ, our 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD to hit the trails. With daytime temps predicted in the upper 30s we weren’t sure what to expect, but to our surprise there was decent snowfall on the ground, and the sunny 38 degrees made for pleasant trail riding. Plenty of hill climbs, tight trails and off-camber obstacles for use to put Project KJ to use.
Saturday is the main event and after a full day of action out on the trail we headed in to clean up and get ready for the banquet dinner. They have an awesome spread catered each year, give out to SoFo awards and raffle off tens of thousands of donated items from Sponsors. Congrats to everyone that brought home a SoFo awards and sponsor swag. SoFo once again hosted a great event, they go out of their way to make sure everyone has a great time. We look forward to attending next year, but curious if its too early to make a request for more snowfall?
This past weekend BDS hit the highway for a short 3 hour trip up north for the snowy 4wheeling adventure known as SnoFari. With Project KJ in tow, we took our 2013 Ram 3500 dubbed Project Slate up for a weekend of wheeling in the snow cloaked trails around West Branch, MI. Hosted by the Soldiers of Fortune Offroad Club (SoFo) SnoFari brings out roughly 80 rigs for 2 days and nights in the powdery white stuff. This marking the 8th annual event was on the snowier side with plenty of accumulation this winter in Michigan and several inches of fresh powder and single digit temps all weekend long.
BDS hit the trails in our ’05 Liberty CRD and took turns carving a path through the 12-30” snow drifts out on the trail. We had a blast wheeling with the group, catching up with old friends and making new ones along the way. Following the Saturday trail day we came inside to thaw out at the banquet, serving up a great spread of food to grub out on, raffle off sponsor donations and hand out the SoFo trail awards. We were honored this year to take home the “So Bling” award for turning our mall crawler KJ into the super cool crawler it is today.
We appreciate everyone’s hospitality and look forward to next year’s SnoFari. Check out the links below for more photos from SnoFari 2014 and to keep up with the planning for 2015 head over to GreatLakes4x4.com
BDS kicks off the 2014 Show Season with SnoFari this coming weekend. This annual event hosted by the Soldiers of Fortune Offroad Club (SoFo) brings out roughly 80 rigs for 2 days and nights of snowy 4wheeling around West Branch, MI. From budget built daily drivers to one-off customs there are rigs of all kinds out wheeling the snowy trails. We’ve looking forward to hanging out with old friends and making new ones. This marks the 8th annual event and will be held Friday January 24th through Saturday January 25th. BDS will be there in Project KJ, our 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD on 40s for the 4wheeling festivities. As with each year they will hold a banquet dinner Saturday night for everyone in attendance to grub out, share photos, and take home some of raffle items donated by event sponsors, BDS included. For more info on the event, head to GreatLakes4x4.com
This past weekend BDS loaded up the truck and trailer and made it’s way 4 hours north for SnoFari 2013 in West Branch, MI. This annual event put on by the Soldiers of Fortune (SoFo) Offroad Club brings in roughly 80 rigs annually for 2 days/nights of snowy 4wheeling and some great camaraderie by the bar with a great group of off-roaders. From stock to fully built, the event is organized with a range of trails to keep everyone entertained.
The recent chilly weather made for some much needed snow leading up to the event. With several inches of fresh snow, temps in the 20s and occasional sunshine we had great conditions for SnoFari 2013. The only thing except possibly for a couple feet of extra snow to play in. Shawn and Carter headed out from BDS Suspension in the companies ’97 TJ outfitted with a slew of upgrades, BDS long arm kit, 37” tires, lockers, roll cage, and winch, yet forgot to bring a top. They wheeled the topless TJ all day and had a blast.
Following the event the group of 240 off-roaders gathered for an amazing spread of food and drink in the hotel’s banquet hall. Awards were given out and giveaways were raffled off. With the proceeds made from the event the SoFo Club was able to write a check in support of the GLFWDA for $1000, a great testament to the club’s passion for the off-road community. This event is a must do for any 4wheeler, and we can’t wait to meet back up with everyone for next year’s trip. For more info on SnoFari 2014, keep an eye out on http://www.glfwda.org/
BDS is loaded up and making the 4 hour haul to West Branch, MI for SnoFari 2013. This event held annually in the heart of winter brings together off-roaders and a handful of vendors for a weekend of snow wheeling from mild trails to gnarly terrain. Now in its 6th year this Soldiers of Fortune Offroad Club event boasts growing interest as it raises money to support GLFWDA and UFWDA and builds awareness for safe off-roading. We’ll be heading up with the BDS Silverado HD with the BDS TJ, trailer, and some goodies in tow. With frigid temps and decent snow accumulation all week long, this should make for a great event for everyone involved. We’ll be posting pictures from at the event on Saturday so stay tuned to the BDS Facebook Page for more.