Mike Pressey, of Petoskey, was able to turn his passion for outdoor power sports into a money-making venture.
The longtime Northern Michigan entrepreneur opened the doors of SomeDay Adventure Company two months ago on M-119 in Petoskey. The business is a snowmobiling tour company providing guided tours and rental.
He says he has been snowmobiling for almost 40 years, since he was 5 years old.
“It’s a huge passion of mine and always has been,” he said.
Pressey says for him, snowmobiling provides an opportunity to get outside and explore a lot of territory in one day.
“You get to see a lot of locations a skier or someone in a car would never find,” he noted.
Previously, he owned several hotels in the area with his parents and would take guests of the hotels on guided tours for free. So when he sold the Crooked River Lodge in Alanson in October, he thought this would be a natural next step. He said he’s very excited about this new phase of his life and new adventure. The company owns six sleds for customers to use and can accommodate up to eight sleds with their transportation trucks. Usually two people can fit on each sled, so they are able to organize trips for up to 16 people.
“We transport you, and everything you will need, to and from departure points throughout the U.P.” said Pressey, “We will also be able to educate people on the proper way to snowmobile and how to respect the areas and stay on the trails.”
Customers will have the option of travelling to the Upper Peninsula, to areas such as Copper Harbor, Newberry, Tahquamenon Falls and Paradise. Or, they can stay in the area and ride in Emmet County or by Black Mountain in Cheboygan County.
The types of trips offered vary. Customers can ride their snowmobiles in one direction and be picked up at their final destination. Or, they can plan a round trip on the machines. They can also plan a snowmobile and backpacking multi-day trip. Pressey has GPS tracking devices to make sure any off-trail riders can safely find their way back.
He said he has heard of similar businesses out west, but isn’t aware of any others in the area.
“A lot of skiers are looking for something new to break up their vacation. I can show them around and because I know the area so well, allow them to do it safely,” Pressey said.
Adventures in the U.P. have already started, and as soon as significant amounts of snow fall in the Lower Peninsula, tours will begin here as well.
Pressey says he hopes to continue the business over the summer with off-road dirt biking trips. He would also like to include snow bikes into his repertoire for winter rides. Snow bikes are like dirt bikes, but they have a snowmobile ski hooked to the bottom.
— Day trips: Snowmobile and tour, $250 per snowmobile, second person on sled is an additional $50;
— Two day, 1 night trips: $650 per person;
— Three- to five-day trips: Call for pricing;
— Helmets are included with the tour;
— Clothing is $35;
— For those who want to backpack throughout the U.P., SomeDay Adventures can run as a support truck and provide return transportation; $100 per snowmobile plus gas;
— Add 6 percent sales tax to all rates.
For more information, call (231) 881-3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.