The following are links to some lake ice activities. If you are interested in getting involved with any of these activities use these links to get in touch with people in your area. They are listed in order of increasing horsepower. If you have links that you think should be listed here, please send them along.
- IceShanty.com runs an extensive group of forums on ice fishing, including an excellent ice safety forum and forums for individual states and provinces.
- There are many other regional forums as well as commercial sites.
Wild Ice Skating (Nordic Skating)
- Vermont Nordic Skating is based in Northwestern Vermont and has members all over New England and eastern New York. If there is good skating ice outings are frequent.
- New Hampshire Nordic Skating is based around Hanover New Hampshire.
- Montana Iceboaters is an active group of sailors and skaters from Bozeman and Helena who's home ice is Canyon Ferry Reservoir.
- Introduction to Nordic Skating
Gear sources for Nordic Skating:
- Nordic Skater in Norwich Vermont: Skates, boots, bindings, Swedish ice claws (the best design), Swedish skating/test poles (the extra few $ for the 'elete' poles is worth spending), weighted throw ropes (they work better on ice than white water throw ropes) and packs designed to keep a change of clothes dry and provide flotation if you fall through.
- The Ski Rack in Burlington VT-Skates, bindings and boots.
- Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis, MN.
- The Kicksled club Ketkupolkka, Helsinki 1987-1999 translated their outline of kicksledding to English.
- Dave Dermott from Nova Scotia has an extensive page on kicksledding.
- Google 'kicksled' for information on where to buy them.
- There are many groups and tournaments. Click here for an overview.
- The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club is based in Madison WI. It offers a great view of the wider world of ice boating. It is an active and up to date site with a good sense of humor. Their FAQ reviews different iceboat types, common questions and basic physics. They have a long list of links to other ice sailing sites.
- The Toledo Ice Yacht Club has a tutorial on some of the fine points of iceboat racing rules (needless to say, a thorough understanding of the racing rules by all sailors is important given the speeds these boats go)
- The New England Ice Yacht Association (NEIYA): Covers all types of boats sailed in New England. They are presently the biggest and most active group in the eastern US.
- The International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association (IDNIYRA) site is the North American for the largest class of racing iceboats. The site has large collection of past articles, an extensive group of forums and other information about the DN building and racing. Part of this site is for IDNIYRA members only. It provides specific information on upcoming regattas, rankings of sailors, etc.
- The Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club site offers well written, humorous banter about their escapades on ice in eastern Maine.
- John Sperr's website has an extensive list of links to many more iceboat organizations and clubs. His site focuses on the grand Hudson Steern Steerers.
- Kitewing/Skimbat sailing: The North American Skimbat Association has a large and growing following.
- Iceboarding: stand up sailing on a board with one or more skateboard trucks.
- The World Ice and Snow Sailing Association [WISSA]
- The American Council of Snowmobile Associations website has many links to state and regional associations.
- Regional associations like VAST in Vermont are a good place to figure out what is going on in your area and to learn about how snowmobiling on ice covered lakes is handled.
- The Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club has been racing cars with 'purposebuilt studded racing tires' for 57 years with about 9 events scheduled each year.
- Central Wisconsin Ice Racing Association: Bikes and ATVs.
- Great Lakes Ice Racers: Bikes, quads, micosprints.
- Long Lake Vintage Snowmobile Racing Association: They have 9 events planned for the the 2014 season, mostly on Long Lake near Isanti MN.
- Ice Drag Racing.com has a schedule of over 50 speed and drag racing events from North Dakota to Maine.