April 2016 Newsletter

April 2016 Newsletter

Message from Alan Butler, President

As the snowmobile season is behind us and I look back it likely was not one of our better seasons. Snow in many areas was minimal and in fact we had two clubs that were not able to open trails due to a lack of snow and a number of clubs were only able to open a few of their trails. I guess there is not a thing we can do about the weather but let's hope for more snow next season.

This past season we seen the introduction of the new orange Snopass plate. There has been a lot of positive comments about the new plate and its intended purpose is working. MPI advises us that approximately 12,000 plates have been issued to date. Those that have not transferred to the new plate have until December 1, 2016 to get the plate. Please be advised MPI are sending out letters to those that have not yet picked up their new plate, they are advising that you must pick up your new plate prior to your expiry date.

The RiderX program introduced this past season has received great reviews. This snowmobile trail app was developed by Polaris and is available to all smart phone and android users at no cost. I am pleased to advise that we will be offering a RiderX work shop at the 2016 Snoman Congress in November.

Even though this past season was not our best we must remember that the effort by the clubs and all the volunteers was as great as always. The efforts put forth by the volunteers is monumental to say the least. It does not matter how much it snows, if it were not for the volunteers we would not have a trail system. We also thank all of the land owners; as a result of their cooperation we are able to enjoy a great trail system, so whenever you get a chance thank a land owner.

Now that all the trail signs have been picked up and the sleds put away it's important to enjoy your summer, get those batteries recharged, winter will be here quicker than you think. Have a great summer and see you in the fall.

Sled'N Snap 2016

 
Voting is now open for Sled'N Snap finalists at www.slednsnap.com! Voting closes April 30th.

Snoman Celebrates Earth Day

 
Winnipeg - Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. is celebrating Earth Day on April 22 and encourages others to take action to mark the largest environmental event in the world.

"Our organization is committed to the conservation of Manitoba's environment through our member clubs," stated Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director. "Snowmobiling allows Manitobans to enjoy beautiful scenery and fresh air and our clubs support the "Recycle Everywhere" program on our designated trail system."

Snoman has an environmental policy and encourages its clubs to become active players in environmentally sustainable practices, reducing the ecological footprint by recycling and adopting new technologies. As responsible snowmobilers we follow a code of ethics which include minimizing any impact on the environment and protecting natural resources.

"With approximately 12,000 kilometers of designated trails and fifty-three clubs it is essential that our volunteers embrace environmentally sustainable activities and practices for the benefit of all Manitobans and for future generations," said Rideout. "We encourage more individuals and families to come out next winter and join us as we pursue healthy living through recreation".

Snoman Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to its member clubs to develop safe and environmentally responsible snowmobile trails to further the enjoyment of organized recreational snowmobiling in Manitoba.

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For more information:

Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director
Cell: 204-990-7411

 
Executive Director Yvonne Rideout enjoying one last ride of the season on April 9th on Lake Manitoba!