President's Message

Member Clubs and Snowmobilers:

In looking back at last year, Snoman and its member clubs had a pretty good 2013-2014 season. Despite the extreme cold temperatures and the high winds, clubs still groomed a total of 145,000 kilometers for the season. Success is due to the efforts of the volunteers and the countless hours they put in to ensure our trail system is safe and enjoyable for snowmobilers.

As we approach the 2014-2015 season I am excited about new initiatives and programs that Snoman will be launching .

The 4th Annual Manitoba Snowmobile Congress will take place in Winnipeg on October 24th & 25th. In addition to the Snoman annual general meeting, we are offering workshops that will be beneficial to club  members and include the following:  Groomer Operators Workshop;  Club Governance Work shop;  Trail Signing Work Shop (not a Trail Signing Course); and Volunteer Recruitment/Bridging the Generation Gap. Please refer to the website for further information on the workshops.

This year's season started with the federal government’s announcement of $10 million to the National Trails Coalition (NTC) for a National Recreational Trails Program. Clubs and Snoman have been working hard to ensure all deadlines are met and that as many clubs as possible may benefit from this program.  The Manitoba Government is also helping in this program by providing some of the required matching dollars. Manitoba snowmobile clubs stand to benefit by approx $240 thousand in total.

Snoman will also be offering an online snowmobiler safety course. The online course was developed by Fresh Air Educators in conjunction with Snoman and MPI. To obtain more information or to access the on line course, simply go to the Snoman website and follow the instruction. Once you have successfully completed the course you will receive a certificate.  

 Snoman has applied for – and been approved for – a specialty license plate. The plate is now in sample production phase, and will be launched at the Snowmobile Congress. Keep your eyes peeled for the posters. 

I am pleased to announce Manitoba’s Second Annual Snowmobile Rally. The rally will take place on February 20, 21 & 22 and will be hosted by Maskwa Snowmobile Club in Powerview, Manitoba. This is promising to be a fun time for all snowmobilers with lots of activities planned. There will be various rides, breakfasts, supper and loads of entertainment. All snowmobilers should plan to attend and join in on the fun. For more information and registration information please go to the Snoman website. 

Snoman’s member club success is dependent on Snopass sales and we will be embarking on an education program informing snowmobilers why they should purchase one. Please support our clubs by purchasing a Snopass.

Have a great season and hope to see you on the trail.

Alan Butler