What is Snoman?

Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. is a non-profit organization representing 53 member snowmobiling clubs that maintain and groom over 13,000 kilometres of Manitoba’s scenic trails. Member clubs are financially supported through the sale of Snopasses.

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Our Mission

Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Incorporated is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to its member clubs to develop and maintain safe and environmentally responsible snowmobile trails to further the enjoyment of organized recreational snowmobiling throughout Manitoba.

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Our Vision

Snoman is dedicated to being an organization with a strong volunteer base, the safest trail system in North America, and sustainable funding.

Values

Communication
We strive for open and effective communications within our organization and the public and readily share information to keep everyone informed.

Teamwork
We promote cooperation and support among staff, board members, and partners to enhance our combined knowledge and achieve common goals.

Accountability
Through sound judgment, ethical behaviour, and fiscally responsible administration of resources, we are accountable to our members for decisions made, policies implemented, and actions are taken.

Transparency
We are transparent in the way we communicate with others, providing timely, relevant, and accurate information, and we encourage and promote participation in decision-making by all members of our organization.

Collaboration, Partnership, and Cooperation
We recognize and appreciate volunteers and partners that assist with the operation of our clubs, and we seek opportunities to form alliances with others to maximize our resources.

Change and Innovation
We are open to change and look for creative new ways to fulfill our vision, mission, and goals.

 

Wayne Vandersteen

President’s Message

Member Clubs and Snowmobilers;

Well, we’ve had a great season and a much longer one than in recent years. I would like to say a special thank you to all our volunteers, clubs, Snopass holders, groomer operators and landowners. Our trail system would not exist if it weren’t for all of you.

Looking outside for the last couple of days it looks like most of our trail system in the Southern part of Manitoba is over for the season. This year, every club in our province had a chance to groom and open some of their trails. Some clubs had more snow this year and were able to get more groomings in, compared to other clubs which had a chance to max out their groomings.

I know many clubs put so much effort into getting their trails ready for the weekends and then on Friday and Saturday big winds would come and destroy them before people even had a chance to use them. Thank you for your efforts.

Doing trail audits on our trail system this year and talking to our auditors, the signing has gotten to a very good standard. We thank the clubs for the efforts that they’ve been putting in on signing. By going to a trail audit system a few years back we have saved $20,000 on our liability insurance for Snoman and that money goes back to the snow.

We have been experiencing increased traffic on our trails since the pandemic and clubs have to put in a lot of work to maintain our trails for all users. If you are using the trail system, you require a Snopass, so please purchase one and experience our white highway.

While this season is over, clubs start their preparation for next season. We encourage people to reach out to their local club to volunteer. As a designated trail rider, you have the opportunity to be a part of your local club and be instrumental in planning and promoting the trail system as well as participating in club activities.

Enjoy the upcoming seasons and let’s hope for another good winter!

Wayne Vandersteen
President, Snoman Inc.

Our Staff

Yvonne Rideout

Yvonne Rideout

Executive Director

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Chantel Saarinen

Chantel Saarinen

Administrative Coordinator

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Noel Martin

Noël Martin

Snoman GPS Data Coordinator

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Shirley Livingstone

Shirley Livingstone

SnoFund/Office Administrator

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Position Vacant

Administrative Assistant (Sept-Mar)

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History

Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. was incorporated and registered under the ‘Companies Act’ on November 13, 1975. Snoman Inc. was established to:

  • Advance organized snowmobiling in Manitoba;
  • Coordinate matters of mutual interest for organizations that relate to snowmobiling;
  • Develop snowmobile trails and associated facilities;
  • Promote snowmobile safety;
  • Consult with representatives from the public sector, private sector, and other provincial snowmobile associations across Canada;
  • Assist with protecting the environment; and
  • Perform desirable and lawful functions in the general public interest.

In 1994, Snoman Inc. and the Province of Manitoba entered into an agreement that enacted the Snopass, under the Crown Lands Act, Provincial Snowmobile Trail Regulation. The Snopass provides clubs with revenue to maintain designated snowmobile trails. Designated snowmobile trails provide:

  • The safest alternative for riders to enjoy snowmobiling;
  • Trails that help reduce trespassing on private property;
  • Winter travel links to communities throughout rural and northern Manitoba;
  • Dollars to businesses reliant on winter tourism;
  • Tax revenue for both the federal and provincial governments;
  • Increased revenue to snowmobiling related industries; and
  • Economic benefit of more than three hundred million dollars annually to the Manitoba economy.

The Snopass system was created to provide a user-pay system. It ensured that riders who use the trail system were helping to fund its ongoing operating costs by paying into it. It provided Snoman Inc., its Regional Snowmobile Associations, and its member clubs a more stabilized funding base to help finance the operations and administration associated with snowmobile trail maintenance.

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