December 2014 Newsletter

December 2014 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from Snoman

All of us here at Snoman would like to wish you Happy Holidays, and all the
best for the New Year! Ride safe and gear up for a great season!

ISC 2017

Snoman Inc. is pleased to announce that Winnipeg has been selected to host the 49th Annual International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) from June 7 to 10, 2017. The year also marks Canada’s 150th Anniversary and in the bid to host the Congress this played a role as Winnipeg being the centre of Canada it is the ideal place to visit. This event will see delegates from 27 states, 10 provinces, 3 territories, and 4 countries. ISC is dedicated to the development of strategies on our common role with respect to the environment, conservation, access, education and accountability.
“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded the opportunity to host this international event. Our province has a lot to offer visitors and we’re sure that delegates and guests from across Canada, United States, Russia, Sweden, and other countries take the opportunity to explore the many attractions Manitoba has to offer,” stated Alan Butler, President.
As host organization, Snoman Inc., looks forward to partnering with other organizations to help make this event a huge success. With over 300 delegates and visitors expected, this large event will take a lot of volunteers to ensure that the attendees have an unforgettable experience.
“Having the International Snowmobile Congress come to Winnipeg is another great opportunity to showcase our city with a global audience, especially with all the new hotels, retail development, and major attractions that have recently opened,” said Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, senior vice president of Tourism Winnipeg. “With 300 delegates expected to attend, it also means more than $300,000 in direct spending to Winnipeg’s economy. Delegates are the highest-spending visitor while they stay at hotels, eat at restaurants, and take in shopping, attractions, and entertainment.”
“Tourism Winnipeg is pleased to have worked with Yvonne Rideout, executive director of Snoman Inc. from the start with the bidding process as part of the “Bring it Home” program, which encourages locals to advocate Winnipeg as the city of choice for their national or international meetings and conventions,” said Dario Di Nella, Business Development Manager of Tourism Winnipeg. “It’s another success story that shows how locals can have a significant impact on the local economy by hosting a meeting or convention in Winnipeg.”

Children’s Story Book

Just in time for the holidays! Make sure there's a copy of "A Day on the Trails" under your tree. A fun way to teach your child how to ride safely and foster their love of snowmobiling!
This great children’s book is available from McNally Robinson and the Snoman office. Order yours today!

Snoman License Plate

Snoman unveiled a new, colorful specialty license plate at its 4th Annual Congress on October 25th in Winnipeg. The plate is available at Autopac agents throughout the province.
The new Snoman plate costs $70, with $30 of that going to Variety, the children’s charity.
Vouchers for select plates numbers under 50 are available from the Snoman office!

Why the trails may not be groomed

The 12,000 kms of Manitoba Designated Snowmobile trails are signed, groomed and maintained by the 52 Snoman member clubs. Clubs’ members are volunteers who sign, groom and maintain the trail system because of their love of snowmobiling. Clubs are compensated for grooming from funds generated through the sale of SnoPasses. Funds are provided to clubs based on the number of kms groomed and the size of the drag used. Funds available are dependent on the number of SnoPasses sold; therefore clubs are limited to the number of kilometres they are allowed to groom. For the 2014-2015 season each club is permitted to groom 12 times its grooming distance. (Grooming distance is the kilometers required to groom a club’s trail system once.) Therefore each club is entitled to groom their trail system 12 times during the season. As clubs have limited grooming kilometers available they must manage this resource to the best of their ability. It is hoped that clubs will be able to groom part or all of their trail system once a week. This may mean trails may NOT be opened until there is ample snow or groomed right after a snow fall or after strong winds, or as often as you think they should be groomed. To enable clubs to have additional grooming resources, there is a need for increased revenue through the sale of SnoPasses. We know at least 35% of snowmobilers on the trail do not purchase a SnoPass. Snoman has been working with the Manitoba Government for the past four years to try and resolve this issue. However, to date, the Manitoba Government chooses not to accept any of the proposals put forth by Snoman and the issue remains unresolved for the current riding season. Snowmobilers please be patient with the clubs, they are volunteers with limited resources and they do their best to provide well groomed and safe tails. If you see a snowmobiler on the trail without a SnoPass, they are a part of the problem, not the club. If you would like to help improve the trails, please consider joining your local snowmobile club! Club contact information can be found on their websites, listed Contact information can also be acquired by using the "Contact Us" page.

1st Annual Snoman Rally

The rally will be February 20-22, 2015, and will be held in Powerview, MB.
There will be a night ride and poker derby on Friday, February 20 followed by a welcoming reception.
Breakfast is offered on Saturday morning, followed by a 9 AM morning ride and a trail lunch. The banquet begins at 6 PM Saturday evening and will be followed by entertainment.
Sunday morning breakfast is a chance to say "farewell" to old and new friends.