December 2018 Newsletter
December 2018 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 24 8:30am - 1:00pm
- December 25 CLOSED
- December 26 CLOSED
- December 31 8:30am - 3:00pm
- January 01 CLOSED
A Holiday Message from Alan Butler, President
The 2018 – 2019 season has started to get underway with some clubs packing trails and installing trail signs. Please remember to use caution around water ways as some areas do not have sufficient ice thickness to support sleds. As the holiday season approaches we should think of others less fortunate than ourselves and I would encourage all snowmobilers to look around your community and see if there is someone that you could provide some encouragement to. Family has always been very important to me and it seems for the last 40 years snowmobiling has been a part of my family activity during the holiday season. Some of my fondest memories were coming home at this time of year and going snowmobiling with my parents, my wife Linda and our children. We had such fun, we did not go far, but it was just great fun to be out on the sleds as a family. My parents are passed and it is now Linda and I out there on the trail with our kids and grandchildren. It feels so good when we line up the sleds for a family picture at which time I quietly thank my parents for introducing me to snowmobiling.
Here's hoping we get lots of snow for the holidays. Have a great holiday season, and a great New Year. Please ride safe and hope to see you on the trail.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from Linda & Alan Butler
During this riding season we ask that you please keep to the trails and not go off the trails onto private property.
Alcohol-Free Family Zones
Just a reminder that our shelters on the trails are alcohol-free family zones. It has always been Snoman's position that drinking should not be associated with snowmobiling. This means 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. The fine for drinking alcohol and/or consuming cannabis in an off-road vehicle or in shelters is $672.00.
2019 Free Ride Weekend: Sled Without Borders©
Snoman Inc. is pleased to announce that from February 16 to 18, 2019, coinciding with Louis Riel day, will be the Free Ride Weekend - Sled without Borders©sponsored by One Insurance, BSI Insurance representing Red River Mutual. Sled without Borders© focuses on visitors from Ontario, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Minnesota, and the Free Ride Weekend focuses on Manitoba riders new to our trail network.
From December 1, 2018 onward, you can register for the event by visiting www.snoman.mb.ca. After you register, your 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.
Ride Safe this Season 2019
Whether you are new to snowmobiling or an experienced rider, keep in mind these tips for a safe and enjoyable riding season:
1. Prior to your first ride, ensure that your sled is in good operating condition and if necessary have it checked by a qualified service person.
2. Before departing, check the expected weather conditions.
3. Check the conditions of the trails on the Snoman website.
4. Never ride after taking drugs or consuming alcohol.
5. Always dress appropriately for the weather and the length of the trip you are taking. Wear layers of clothing. This enables you to add or remove clothing in order to adapt to changing conditions. A windproof outer layer, warm mitts/gloves, warm boots and an insulated, approved helmet are recommended.
6. Do not ride alone. However, if you must, tell someone where you’re going and when you will be back. Remember to drive within the limits of your ability.
7. Always carry a survival and first aid kit.
8. Extreme caution should be used when riding over frozen water. Do not venture onto ice unless you are absolutely certain it can support the weight of you and your sled.
9. Reduce your speed at night. Snow dust will reduce visibility. Also remember to reduce speed in unfamiliar territory.
10. Always obey road and trail signs, and always be prepared for the unexpected.
All of us at Snoman wish you Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!