November 2019 Newsletter
November 2019 Newsletter
Message from the President
A big thank you to all of the clubs and members that attended the 9th Annual Snowmobile Congress and Awards Banquet.
The cooler weather is now here and there has been snow in most areas of the province. Please remember to use extreme caution near all waterways. 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 out signing the trails. 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 uniformly signed, which will further enhance rider safety.
The new interactive Snoman Trail App has been launched and is available on the App store at “Snowmobilers of Manitoba 2019-2020”. The cost of the App is $3.99, and it's available for both iOS and Android phones. Make sure you know where you are at all times – get the App.
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 trails; it makes for better trails and is safer for everyone. Please remember clubs are always looking for members and volunteers. 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?
As a result of the early winter storm in October, not all crops were harvested and we ask that all riders respect landowners and stay on the designated trail. Venturing off the trail into fields may be affecting someone's livelihood.
Ride safe and enjoy our winter wonderland!
AGM and 9th Annual Congress
On November 1st and 2nd, Snoman held its AGM and 9th Annual Congress. The event was a great success again this year, with over 250 in attendance. As always, it was good to visit with the snowmobilers from across the province. The workshops held were: Snowmobile Safety with the RCMP, Insurance Coverage, Club Presidents, Volunteer Recruitment, Development & Retention, Trail Signing, and the Snow Scooters Youth Club.
A 50/50 draw was held with half of the proceeds going to STARS. Escape Artist Dean Gunnarson was the evening's entertainment, and he put on a fabulous show!
The awards banquet on Saturday evening began with greetings from the provincial government by Minister Sarah Guillemard, Conservation & Climate. During the evening, the following awards were handed out:
The Excellence Awards
Outstanding Groomer Operator - Theo Vanderzwan
Outstanding Snowmobile Club - Lee River Snow Riders
Outstanding Snowmobiler - Darrel Mozil
Outstanding Non-Snow Related Business - Twin Valley Co-op
Outstanding Snowmobile Dealership - Universe Satellite Sales Ltd.
Snoman Scholarship for $2,000.00 was awarded to - Connor Yarema from Interlake Snow Trackers
CCSO Excellence Awards
Outstanding Youth Contribution - Alec Bruneau
Congratulations to all!
A big thank you to our event sponsors, booth holders, and to those who donated prizes for the raffle and silent auction.
Snoman would like to thank the many volunteers for their hard work and dedication to maintaining club trails and shelters, and all landowners who have partnered with their local clubs to ensure that snowmobilers can continue to enjoy our scenic trail system.
Please remember to ride safe and have fun this riding season!
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SnoRiders Magazine Going Digital
SnoRiders Magazine has decided to switch to a digital format. If you're interested in reading about their decision to change, follow this link: (Click Here).
While that may disappoint some readers, you can still get some of the same great content by subscribing to their eNewsletter: https://snoriderswest.com/subscribe or (Click Here)
While SnoRiders will still be publishing select stories, there will not be a Manitoba specific section. However Snoman invites all snowmobile clubs to submit stories directly to us at Adminassist@snoman.mb.ca. We will publish up to 3 stories from snowmobile clubs in our monthly newsletters, starting in December. First come, first serve ... so please get your stories in to us!
As we look forward to another great riding season, we wish to thank our Corporate Partners.