KALISPELL, Mont. – A group of 18 snowmobilers meet in western Montana for a week-long hike in the name of charity.

The Montana Snowmobile Association’s Trans-Montana Charity Ride is raising funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Montana chapter, which supports veterans and prevents teenage suicide.

The drivers will meet in Kalispell on Friday, January 29th and leave the next morning. The riders travel south and hit six different riding areas by the time they land in West Yellowstone on Thursday, February 4th.

When the event started over 20 years ago, it was a real hike with snowmobilers touring all over the state, the organizers said. Now they have made it a little easier for the drivers and drive back and forth between the individual locations.

Driver Mark Smolen started participating six years ago.

“I came back and I will never miss it again,” said Smolen. “It was so much fun, the people I met and just seeing six of the most beautiful places in Montana is just amazing.”

Smolen shared that he is most excited to reconnect with returning drivers.

The trip ends with awards and an online auction and raffle. If you want to take part in these events, click here.

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