February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 Newsletter

This February 18th to 20th, 2017, Snoman invited snowmobile riders to join us for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries' Free Ride Weekend "Sled without Borders"! Snowmobile riders in and around Manitoba registered for the weekend-long free pass and gained full access to Snoman's groomed trail system, as well as events hosted by snowmobile clubs throughout the province. Snoman thanks everyone involved with the "Sled Without Borders" event for their support and participation, and we look forward to riding with you all again next season!


January 30, 2017
Press Release

January 30, 2017 Snoman celebrates National Snowmobiling Environment Month

Manitoba - Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. and the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) reminds riders to keep nature beautiful as we celebrate National Snowmobiling Environment Month during February. Through the Snowmobile Responsibly campaign introduced by CCSO, Snoman encourages everyone to take personal responsibility for his or her decisions and actions on the snow this winter.

"Every day, riders make many important, snowmobile-related decisions that can impact their personal well being, that of others and of the natural setting in which they ride," said Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director, Snoman. "Decisions should be based on obeying applicable laws and rules, using good common sense, riding with care and control, and making smart choices."

Some of the key messages touted by snowmobile organizations are respect sensitive areas, stay on the trail, protect wildlife, embrace new technologies, maintain your sled and leave tracks, not trash.

"Snowmobiling is a good news story because snowmobiles have improved continuously thanks to oil injection, sound reduction measures, variable height exhaust valves, direct injection, on-board computers, and new 2-stroke and 4-stroke engine technologies that comply with EPA requirements," said Alan Butler, President, Snoman. "We ask snowmobilers to refrain from using after market pipes that increase noise and annoy others."

Keeping nature beautiful during each and every ride depends primarily on the personal decisions and actions of each rider, so choose to Snowmobile Responsibly this winter.

Snoman Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to its member clubs to develop safe and environmentally responsible snowmobile trails to further the enjoyment of organized recreational snowmobiling in Manitoba.


For more information:

Alan Butler, President Cell: 204-250-6017

Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director Cell: 204-990-7411

Photo courtesy of Jay Ruchotzke

CANCELLED: Snowtraxx Rally and Derby

Snowtraxx Snowmobile Club regrets to advise fellow snowmobile riders that the Snoman Rally and Derby scheduled for February 24th and 25th has been CANCELLED due to deteriorating trail conditions resulting from recent warm weather.

Derby Donation - Interlake Snowtrackers say thank you to STARS

On January 28th, 2017, the Interlake Snow Trackers hosted a poker derby at Chudd's Power Sports. To show their appreciation for the incredible work STARS accomplishes every day in our province, all after-payout proceeds were donated to STARS. Thank you to all who organized and participated in the derby!

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is a non-profit physician-driven helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) that provides rapid and specialized medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients.

Fundraising and donations help fund STARS operations and advancements in critical care transport, including carrying blood in the helicopter on every flight for life-saving blood transfusions, ongoing human patient simulator education for medical staff, and the use of night vision goggles for the pilots.

STARS has flown more than 35,000 missions since it began with help from the Lions Club in 1985. In 2016 STARS responded to more than 600 emergencies in Manitoba (568 during the last fiscal year 2015/16).

Pictured above, from left to right: pilot Andrew Davidson, paramedic Ken King, nurse Sarah Painter, Kevin Wiebe, paramedic Mel Vieira, pilot Darryl Dash.

Join us on March 28th at the Red River Exhibition Park for a look at the 2018 snowmobiles from Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha!