December 2019 Newsletter

December 2019 Newsletter



Happy Holidays from everyone at Snoman! 


The entire Snoman family wishes you and yours a very joyous holiday and a safe New Year!  

The Snoman office holidays hours are:
 

December 24     8:30am - 1:00pm


December 25     CLOSED

December 26     CLOSED

December 27     8:30 am - 5:00 pm

December 31     8:30am - 1:00pm

January 1           CLOSED


A Holiday Message from Alan Butler, President


The 2019 – 2020 snowmobile season is just about to start, and some areas have received sufficient snow to allow clubs to start to pack trails and install trail signs. Please remember to use caution around waterways as most do not have sufficient ice thickness to support sleds. Also, please respect our landowners this season. Many farmers did not get all of their crops combined, and as a result, many fields have standing crop or swaths. Please stay on the trails and off of these fields.
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.  
I would like to thank all of the club volunteers for their efforts and support; if it was not for their efforts, we would not enjoy the provincial trail system that we have. To all the snowmobilers and volunteers, please ensure you take time to enjoy this festive holiday season with family and friends. It’s a great time of year to just take it easy and tell snowmobile stories!
On behalf of the Snoman Board of Directors and staff, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and merry holiday season. Please take care and remember... do not ride, or drive, if impaired.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!    


2020 Free Ride Weekend: Sled Without Borders©


Snoman Inc. is pleased to announce that from February 15 to 17, 2020, coinciding with Louis Riel day, is Sled without Borders© - sponsored by One Insurance and BSI Insurance Brokers, representing Red River Mutual. Sled without Borders is a Free Ride Weekend, focusing on riders new to our trail network, and visitors from neighbouring jurisdictions. Snoman’s member clubs will be holding special events during the weekend to welcome visitors.  If you have extra sleds, this is a great opportunity to invite a non-snowmobile friend to come along for a ride!

From December 10, 2019 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.


Slow Down & Enjoy the Ride


Excessive speed is the contributing factor in the majority of incidents, some involving fatalities, both on and off the trail system. This means that most of these occurrences are preventable. Don’t become one of the statistics – have fun riding, but ensure that you arrive home safely to your family. The best policy is to ride with a friend, and let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.  Ride smart, stay in control and slow down.


REMINDER


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 of the trail into fields may be affecting someone’s livelihood.  Please watch for these signs during the riding season.


Safe Riding Pays Off


ONE Insurance and BSI Insurance Brokers offer discounts for safe riders 

Riding safely on the trails this season just makes sense – so does saving money on your ORV insurance. This riding season, ONE Insurance, BSI Insurance Brokers and Red River Mutual are offering safety conscious riders a discount on their Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) insurance premium.
 
The Manitoba Snowmobile Safety Course (https://www.snowmobilecourse.com/canada/manitoba/) is interactively designed to take you out of the textbook and into the driver's seat. Take this simple online course today to receive a 5% discount off your ORV insurance premium, while learning some easy ways to stay safe this winter.
 
Get certified in 3 easy steps:

  1. Study the course online and pay a one-time fee of $44.95.
  2. Pass the online exam – animations and visual questions help you learn.
  3. Print your certificate and bring it to any ONE Insurance or BSI Insurance Broker in Manitoba to get an extra 5% off your ORV insurance premium.

Snopass carriers with clean driving records and zero “at fault” claims for the past 5 years will also qualify for an additional 10% off Safe Rider Discount. You must provide a valid Snopass number to your local ONE Insurance or BSI Insurance Brokers to receive this discount. For more information on whether you qualify, drop by any ONE Insurance or BSI Insurance Brokers branch or visit oneinsurance.ca or bsimb.com.


Remember to get your Snopass


If you wish to travel on designated trails maintained by Snoman Inc., you must by law have a valid Snopass. Your Snopass fee helps to enhance recreational snowmobiling across Manitoba, as it supports the local Snoman member clubs that groom and maintain over 12,000 kilometres of designated trail throughout Manitoba.