December 2015 Newsletter

December 2015 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.

STARS Air Ambulance Press Conference















Thank you STARS, club member Joe Thievin and Enns Brothers!

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Free Ride Weekend

Winnipeg – Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. is pleased that from February 13 to 15, 2016, coinciding with Louis Riel day, is the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Free Ride Weekend – Sled without Borders.  Sled without Borders focuses on visitors from Ontario, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Minnesota and the Free Ride Weekend focuses on riders new to our trail network.  This special weekend is made possible by our title sponsor Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries as well as Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection. 
“This is certainly an exciting event for Snoman and we will be encouraging our clubs to hold special events to host our guests,” said Alan Butler, President.  “Sled without Borders will help with our cause for reciprocity with neighboring jurisdictions.  We currently have reciprocity with Saskatchewan and are seeking the same with Minnesota, North Dakota, and Ontario.”
To register for the event and get your temporary weekend pass which must be affixed to your snowmobile, one must visit  After you register, you will receive the pass.  It is important to note that there are minimum insurance requirements for riders entering Manitoba.  More details on the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Free Ride Weekend can be found on the website.
“We welcome riders on our trails and hope that it is a great weekend for all of those who participate,” said Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director.  “Come ride with us and help us make this event a success.”

Message from the President

As snowmobilers I know we all are a little disappointed with the weather and the lack of snow, but it’s that time of year when we need to take a moment and just be thankful for all the things we do have.  We live in a great country, and there are always issues but by comparison to other areas of the world they are very minor.  We are not war torn, we have very few if any weather related disasters, we do not suffer from famine or uncontrollable diseases, and we are not experiencing the deadly issues our neighbours to the south are experiencing on an almost daily basis.  So if the snow is a little later coming, we will wait patiently.
Snowmobilers are great and giving people. There are individuals in each of our communities that can always do with a helping hand. I would encourage all snowmobilers to look around and see how you can help someone to make their holiday season a little more enjoyable.
On behalf of the Snoman Board of Directors, I would like to thank the clubs and the many volunteers for all their efforts in making the past year a great success.  Our landowners and sponsors are very critical to the success of our season and without their support we would not achieve the success that we do, to them a heartfelt THANK YOU. 
As we move into the New Year I am confident that the snow will come and we will have an enjoyable riding season (maybe a snow dance would help). Please remember do not drink and ride, use caution at all times on the trails and Ride Safe!
To all, have a great holiday season, have fun, and enjoy.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Alan Butler
Snoman Inc.  

Snoman Club Fundraiser Competition!

All members are encouraged to participate in the 2016 Snoman Club Fundraiser competition!  For each club member that calls in for a quote under the Snoman Group Home Program, $10 will go into the Prize Pool competition!  This Fundraiser will run until March 31, 2016 when the total prize pool ($10 from each quote) will be paid out with 50% of the total prize pool to the club that had the most club members phone in for a quote, 30% to the second place club, and 20% to the 3rd place club.
The Snoman Group Home program is offered through The Co-operators contact centre. To receive your no obligation quote and automatically add $10 to the grand prize pool, call The Co-operators Group Home division at 1-800-387-1963.  (Note: the program is not available through local Co-operators agents and the $10 is added automatically to the prize pool, whether a policy is purchased or not).

Snoman Snopass License Plate

Snoman welcomes the introduction of an orange snowmobile license plate
Winnipeg – Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. is pleased that Manitoba Public Insurance has released the highly visible plate for snowmobiles.  The colored plate will assist with enforcement for enforcement agencies and is something that Snoman has been asking for.
“This is certainly a positive step and will help with providing more recognition for Snopass holders on the trail network,” said Alan Butler, President.  “Whether you’re using the trails or accessing a shelter, our volunteer clubs pay for the maintenance and upkeep and it is important that all who use these services contribute.”
Snoman encourages those who have already received a sticker for this season to visit a MPI location and get the orange plate.  A regular Snopass is $150 per riding season and a 7-day pass is $75.50.  If one decides not to renew their Snopass the orange plate has to be returned to MPI and revert to a regular ORV plate.  Reverting to a regular ORV plate means lack of access to the Snoman trail network.
“Our volunteers work countless hours to provide this winter recreational activity for riders to enjoy safe well-groomed trails,” said Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director.  “This will make the process for snowmobilers simpler.”
For any questions please visit:

Annual Legislative Christmas Open House















On December 12, 2015, President Alan Butler, spouse Linda Butler and Executive Director Yvonne Rideout visited various ministers and MLAs at the Annual Legislative Christmas Open House. (Shown with Permier Greg Selinger, sporting a Snoman hat)