Member Clubs and Snowmobilers:
This year snowmobilers in Manitoba experienced one of the shortest seasons ever. With a late snow fall most clubs were not able to open trails until mid-January to the end of January and then with the early spring most of the trails were closed by the second week of March. As result of the short season Snopass sales appear to be down about 15% from last season and the total number of kilometers groomed this season is also lower. Although the season was short, it was a good season with great trails in most areas.
This season the Maskwa club hosted the 2015 Snoman Rally. The event was a huge success with the club, along with neighbouring clubs, doing a great job of hosting the event. Approximately 75 snowmobilers participated in the poker derbies and other events with snowmobilers from all regions of the province.
Congratulations to Swan River on being voted Sled Town 2015. This is the result of the two Swan Valley clubs doing a great job in managing and maintaining their trail system, also to all the businesses and volunteers that support snowmobiling in the Swan Valley.
There are 11 NTC snowmobile trail projects underway in Manitoba and all projects are to enhance and make our snowmobile trails better and safer. The cost of these projects are split three ways with the federal government contributing 50%, the provincial government 20% and the clubs 30%. Most of the projects are well underway and will all be completed by December 31, 2015.
This past season Snoman requested that the provincial government increase the enforcement levels on the designated snowmobile trails. As a result of this request, enforcement was increased with over 1200 snowmobiles checked with 41 no Snopass charges laid In addition there were sleds towed due to no registration. In total, 54 check stations and patrols were set up in various areas of the province.
The Trail Audit Committee conducted a total of 13 trail audits and it was noted that no trails had to be closed as a result of the audits and generally the number of findings were down from previous years. A large number of club members took the online trail signing course and it appears that this has led to improved trail signing.
On behalf of all snowmobilers, I would like to thank the land owners for permitting clubs to have trails cross their properties. If not for these gracious land owners we would not enjoy the trail systems we have in Manitoba. THANK YOU LAND OWNERS!
As the season closes please remember to put your nominations in for the Snoman Excellence Awards. This is an opportunity to recognize those individuals, businesses, clubs and volunteers for their great efforts. There are 8 Excellence awards so please ensure you submit your nominations.
Let’s hope for an early snowfall to start off next season. Have a great summer and get those batteries charged for some excellent experiences on the trails.
See you on the trails next season. Come Ride with Us!
Alan Butler, President