November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from everyone at Snoman!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the entire Snoman family!! We hope you have a terrific festive season and an amazing year ahead. Ride safe and gear up for a great season.

Holiday hours are:

  • December 25 - CLOSED
  • December 26 - CLOSED
  • January 1 - CLOSED

Snomans 7th Annual Congress and AGM

This year we had another successful Congress. It was well attended by snowmobilers from across the province. In attendance were representatives from 39 of the 52 clubs. The Annual General Meeting went well with 90 Snoman members there. The Trail Signing seminar by Dan Taylor was very well attended with many good questions coming from the crowd. In addition, we had a new Youth Engagement which brought the youth together from several different snowmobile clubs. It was led by Mary Holden from the Wisconsin youth program and Tonya Kemball, Snoman's Vice President. We had 21 youth come out. The youth formed their own group, the Snoman Snow Scooters, and have an upcoming meeting in December in Portage La Prairie. If you are a youth between 14 and 18 and are interested in getting your voice heard drop us a line and we can get you in touch with the group. You can also check them out on facebook.

The Awards Banquet was as always a good time for all those who came out. Minister of Sustainable Development Rochelle Squires gave the greetings from the Manitoba Government. The entertainment was Big Daddy Taz and was hilarious as usual. The Excellence awards were handed out as was the scholarship from the WRSA. The awards were as follows:

  • Outstanding Snowmobile Club - South East Sno-Riders
  • Outstanding Snowmobile Family - The Sobetski Family
  • Outstanding Snowmobiler - Kelly Martens
  • Outstanding Support by a Non-Snowmobile Related Business - Mid-Plains Implements Carberry
  • Outstanding Groomer Operator - Jim Cottingham
  • Honourable Mention Outstanding Groomer Operator - Dave Bruderer

Braeden Little was awarded the WRSA Sylvain Paquet Memorial Scholarship.

President's Greetings

A big thank you to all the clubs and members that attended the 7th Annual Snowmobile Congress and Awards Banquet. One of the highlights was the success of the youth workshop with 21 young people in attendance. I am pleased to say the group are very enthusiastic and have a meeting planned in the near future in Portage. If any youth are interested in attending please contact Tonya Kemball at 1-204-340-5417 for more information.

The colder weather is now here and there has been snow in most areas of the province. Please remember to use extreme caution near water ways, lakes and sloughs. Although we have had some cold temperatures, ice thickness is insufficient to hold the weight of a person on a sled. The best approach is to play it safe and stay off the ice.

Most clubs are ready to roll once we get sufficient snow to allow for grooming and some clubs have been signing the trails. I was out for a short ride but we definitely need more snow before we can get serious about hitting the trails. I guess we just have to be patient.

Prior to trail signing, we are encouraging club members to take the online Trail Signing course. There is no charge for taking the course and it can be found on the Snoman website. The course provides information on the correct method of signing a trail and by taking the course it will help ensure that all trails are consistently signed, which will further enhance rider safety.

As we start the season I would ask that snowmobilers be patient with clubs, it may seem that there is enough snow to groom trails but the clubs are the ones that will determine when it's time to start grooming. Low snow conditions are very hard on equipment and equipment is very expensive to repair. It is simply better to wait until there is sufficient snow to adequately groom them, it makes for better trails and is safer for everyone. Please remember clubs are always looking for members and help, get involved and help make a difference - JOIN A CLUB!

Clubs receive funding to groom and maintain the trails through the sale of Snopasses so it is important that all those that use the trails purchase a Snopass (orange plate). It takes money to improve and maintain the trails. Do you have a Snopass? What about those you ride with?

To all - Ride Safe and enjoy our winter wonderland!

-Alan Butler

sponsors

Thank you to our 2017-2018 Corporate Rider Partners

Your support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to working with you in the 2017/2018 riding season!

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Sled 'N Snap

The Snowmobile clubs across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia are in the running for their own 2-place Aluma Tilt Trailer, but they need YOUR help. When you make your account, select your club that you are a member of or a club that you want to dedicate your photos to if you aren't a member of any club. Automatically, your photos will be tagged to that club. The club with the most photos in Sled'N Snap will be eligible to win a 2-place Aluma Tilt Trailer. The club can use the trailer however they wish - they can use it for fundraising by selling it, raffling it, or use it amongst its members.

Four trailers, one for each province of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia will be given away.

Sled'N Snap's Grand Prize this year is going to an individual instead of a club! YOU could win the use of any snowmobile trailer Flaman has, up to $15,000 of value, for one year. Flaman offers many great trailer options including 2, 3 and 4-places with heat/insulation option packages, cabinets for accessories, beavertails for easy loading or 15" black inlay wheels. Transport your sleds in style and enjoy the luxury your very own trailer. All you have to do is get out on the trails, snap a couple shots and submit your photos so your friends can vote! Don't forget to help a club win a trailer by selecting a club when making your account. Happy brapping and snapping.