December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from Snoman

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

Message from Alan Butler, President

It's great to see that the ground is now white, but we still need more snow before we can start grooming. Remember: if you dream it, it will come. DREAM SNOW!

As we head into the holiday season, please remember how fortunate we are to live in Manitoba. However, there are those in Manitoba that are less fortunate than us, and we must remember to help them whenever we can.

Family has always been very important to me, and for the last 40 years snowmobiling has been one of my family activities during the holiday season. Some of my fondest memories involve coming home during the holidays and going snowmobiling with my parents, my wife Linda and our three children once they were old enough to ride with us. We did not have to go far to have fun and be out on the sleds as a family. My parents have now passed away, and it is now Linda and I out there on the trail with our kids and grandchildren. I am so proud when we line up the sleds for a family picture, and quietly thank my parents for introducing me to snowmobiling.

Here's hoping we get lots of snow for the holidays! Please ride safe and I hope to see you on the trail.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from Linda & Alan Butler.

Making connections - Introducing the snowmobile trail on the East side of the Floodway!

Please be advised that the snowmobile trail on the East side of the Floodway will be open this season. We ask riders to respect landowners and stay on the groomed trail and obey trail signage. This is a designated trail for the sole use of snowmobiles and as with all of our other Snoman trails, a Snopass affixed to your sled is required while riding on the trail.

One local RM, by way of resolution, has allowed this trail for a one year trial period, and another three RMs passed resolutions in support of the trail with no specified trial period or time limit. Therefore it is extremely important that riders respect residents along the floodway with regards to trespassing and noise levels. In other words: if we abuse it, we may lose it! We are confident that everyone who will be using this new trail will do all they can to ensure that we are able to enjoy it for the years to come.

Snoman thanks you for your compliance and understanding.

Clubs responsible for this trail are Springfield Pathfinders, Springhill Trailblazers and Voyager Trail Grooming Association. Join a club and make a difference!

Remember - Ride Safe

Snoman AGM and Congress 2016

Snoman held its Annual meeting and the 6th Annual Snowmobile Congress November 4th and 5th. Over 60% of all Manitoba clubs were present, and over 314 people were in attendance for the workshops and the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. Kyle Estes, from Polaris, gave a very well-received presentation on the new Polaris Ride Command GPS tracking system. Prinoth presented an interesting workshop outlining the benefits of the new tier 4 diesel engine which is now being installed in 2017 groomers. The trail signing workshop was very well attended and as usual there was a lot of positive discussion.

We congratulate all of the Snoman award winners, as well as those that were nominated. The award winners and the nominees are representative of the thousands of club volunteers that make the Manitoba snowmobile trail one of the best in Canada.This year's 50/50 Draw's Charity of Choice was STARS (pictured above).

Thank you all for joining us at our annual Congress. Your presence, participation and dedication to making our event a positive experience is truly an invaluable asset to our organization and community. We would also like to extend a big thank you to the following event sponsors: The Province of Manitoba's Department of Sustainable Development, Manitoba Public Insurance, Assiniboine Credit Union and the Shop Industrial.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!


Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. unveiled its new Alcohol-Free Family Zone in its warm up shelters throughout the province on the snowmobile trail system. This campaign was created as a result of our continued efforts in promoting snowmobile safety.

"Our organization is committed to safety on our trail system and this is one more step towards this goal," stated Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director. "Snowmobiling allows Manitobans to enjoy beautiful scenery and fresh air and we welcome families to come riding with us and visit our warm up shelters."

It has always been Snoman's position that drinking should not be associated with snowmobiling. In order to inform and remind riders of that position, the campaign will shed light on zero tolerance for drinking on the trail system or in our shelters. As responsible snowmobilers, we want to put a positive image out there for our clubs and for snowmobiling in general.

"With approximately 12,000 kilometers of designated trails, fifty-three clubs, and over 150 shelters it is essential that we embrace safety throughout all aspects of our recreational activity," said President Alan Butler. "We encourage our club members and other snowmobilers to respect the Alcohol-Free Family Zone."

2017 MBLL Free Ride Weekend: Sled Without Borders

Snoman Inc. is pleased to announce that from February 18 to 20, 2017, coinciding with Louis Riel day, will be 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.

Starting December 1, 2016, one can register for the event by visiting After you register, the pass will be accessible. Once you print your temporary weekend pass it must be affixed to your snowmobile, or downloaded to your mobile device. It is important to note that there are minimum insurance requirements for riders entering Manitoba.

The 49th Annual International Snowmobile Congress (ISC): A Premier Event and a Premier Opportunity for You!

In case you haven't heard the news, the 49th International Snowmobile Congress is being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba in June 2017!

The International Snowmobile Congress is an annual event dedicated to the development of strategies on our common role with respect to the environment, conservation, access, education and accountability. It is the perfect opportunity to establish relationships with key snowmobile leaders. The conference offers invaluable opportunities to share ideas with the entire snowmobile community. All of this is accomplished in a setting that offers fun, entertainment, good food and lodging while engaging in important dialog.

A ticket to the ISC 2017 can make a great Christmas gift: if someone you know has wanted to attend a previous ISC but couldn't due to the location or attendance fee, this is a wonderful opportunity to help them make that wish come true!

For a printable version of the registration form, click here. For current event information, click here. Please note that registration prices are on a per-day basis: If you are registering for both days, you will be required to pay for the combined total ($250). Attendees are responsible for securing and paying for their own accommodations for the ISC 2017 if required.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Alan Butler at, or Jacqueline at