President's Message

Member Clubs and Snowmobilers:

Winter is here, but most areas do not have sufficient snow to groom trails and those areas that have the snow have serious issues with the ground not being frozen.  If you are snowmobiling off trail, be very careful and avoid lakes, rivers and swamps as these may not be frozen sufficiently to support a snowmobile.

Most clubs are ready to start grooming once we get sufficient snow and the ground is frozen.  Some clubs have been packing the trail in order to drive the frost down. Please be patient, as the clubs will be opening trails as soon as it is safe to do so.

Once the trails are open, snowmobilers will notice that the trail numbering signs will be in place for this riding season. Also, this season all regulatory signs are required to be reflective and this will certainly add to the safety on trials at night time. 

I am pleased to note that the online trail signing course is being well received with over 70 people having completed the course.  This course will help to standardize trail signage across the province.  The course is open to any club member and there is no charge; you can access the course on the Snoman website.  If you have a problem accessing the course, please contact the Snoman office.

The results of the Snoman economic impact study are just about to be released. Did you know that snowmobiling contributes over $300 million to the Manitoba economy and creates over 900 jobs for Manitobans?  The study also identified that the quality of the trail system in Manitoba is considered the greatest asset for the province’s snowmobiling industry.

Please ensure you purchase your snopass. It is the snopass dollars that power the groomers which enable all those club volunteers to create and maintain our great trail system.  Have a great riding season, please ride sober and ride safe – see you on the trail.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Alan Butler