Member Clubs and Snowmobilers:
It is now near the end of February and all clubs in the Province have enjoyed sufficient snow to open their trail systems. It sure would be nice if winter could hang in there for another month.
This year I have received a few complaints about trail conditions and it’s usually shortly after a wind or snow fall. It is obvious from talking to these individuals they have no appreciation or knowledge that the trails are signed and maintained by a group very dedicated volunteers. Yes, I know you buy a Snopass but by no means does that begin to cover the cost of installing and maintaining a trail system. In fact the cost of a Snopass does not even cover the cost of the fuel and equipment. The reason we are able to enjoy the trail system is because of the dedicated club members that donate their time and in many cases money to ensure the safety of the trails system. In many cases groomer operators operate all night to ensure you have a nicely groomed trail for the next day. So next time you are out for ride just look around you and think of all the time and effort it takes so that you can enjoy your ride. Just remember if it were not for the landowners and the club volunteers you would not be enjoying that ride.
Thanks to the efforts of the clubs - the new trail numbering system signs are starting to show up on the trails system. Many of the clubs have or are in the process of installing the new trail number signs. Starting next season all the trails will be numbered and the Provincial Trail maps will also show the trail numbers.
In order to continue our effort in Risk Management and standardize trail signage, Snoman will be offering an on line trail signing course. The course will cover all facets of trail signing and will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete. Individuals will be able to take the course at their leisure as you will not need to complete the course in one sitting. There will likely be no charge for the course and it is hoped that clubs will encourage those responsible for signing to take the course. The course will be available prior to the start of the next snowmobiling season.
As the end of the snowmobile season is fast approaching, get out and enjoy the remainder of the season, have fun, ride safe and ride sober.
By Alan Butler, Snoman President