Member Clubs and Snowmobilers:
As I look out the window, I see the leaves are turning colour and starting to fall off of the trees. It’s cloudy and cool out which can only mean one thing - snowmobile season is fast approaching. I also note the increased traffic about snowmobiling on Facebook. It’s obvious that snowmobilers cannot wait for the first snowfall.
Some clubs have posted meeting dates and are starting to get organized. Clubs in your area are always in need of volunteers, whether it’s helping with signing, looking after a shelter, grooming or painting sign stakes; your help will make a big difference and you will meet new people and have fun. Please join a club and help ensure our trail system stays open.
Prior to the start of the snowmobile season, we encourage you to refresh your memory by taking some of the online Snoman safety courses. There are no costs to take the courses and they do not take a lot of time to complete, but will help refresh your memory and may help prevent an accident. Some of the courses available are Hand Tools, Chain Saws, Working Alone and Trail Grooming. For those responsible or who do trail signing, it’s a good idea to take the online trail signing course. All online courses can be found on the Snoman website by signing into the member log in simply by using your club number.
For the novice and less experienced rider, we encourage you to take the Snoman Manitoba online Snowmobile Safety Course which covers all aspects of riding and the safe operation of a snowmobile. The course is divided into several modules and you can take the course at your own pace. On successfully completing the course you will receive a credit card type of certificate that is recognized by other provinces and states where a snowmobile safety course is mandatory. Course is available on the Snoman website and there is fee for this course.
Snoman is hosting its 9th Annual Snowmobile Congress on November 1st and 2th in Winnipeg. There are various workshops and the awards banquet. Check out the website and make sure you register before October 18, 2019.
Once the snow starts to fly, please be patient with clubs. There are many factors that have to come into play before they can start to groom and open trails. The ground needs to be frozen, there needs to be sufficient snow, and creeks, rivers and all waterways need to have sufficient ice to carry the equipment. Clubs will open trails as soon as it is safe to do so, remember it is your safety they have in mind.
In closing, I would encourage everyone to get out and assist your local club. Go for a ride but most of all have some fun. Ride Safe, Ride Sober! Have a great winter and hope to see you on the trail.