President's Message

Member Clubs and Snowmobilers:

November 2018

The 2018-19 season is underway with clubs working at clearing trails, getting groomers ready, cleaning up shelters, getting signs together and starting to sign trails. It is a lot of work and all done by club volunteers.

Can you imagine what snowmobiling would like without our trail system? Would you snowmobile if there was no trail system? It is the dollars collected from Snopass sales that enable clubs to keep our trail system open and maintained. NO government funding is received for the trail system, it is a user pay system. If you are using the snowmobile trails please purchase a Snopass and help ensure we keep our great trail system.

This season Snoman is introducing a new interactive provincial trail map on our website. The map system provides a number of new features for snowmobilers:

·         You will be able to determine the status of all trails by looking at one map;

·         You can plan your trip and save it;

·         You will be able to determine the distance between points;

·         By clicking on icons you will be able to determine what services are available in a community;

·         By clicking on a club icon you will be directed to the club’s website; and  

·         You will be able to determine the status of the trail as trails will be colour coded.

We also hope to have this map system on an APP and be available to snowmobilers prior to the start of the season.

The 2017- 2018 was the worst season we have had for a long time for the number of snowmobile fatalities both on and off the trails system. It appears that excess speed was the contributing factor in the majority of these fatalities. This means that most or all of the fatalities were preventable. This season Snoman and its member clubs are embarking on an awareness campaign dealing with excessive speed. A poster has been developed that sends a strong message that excess speed can be the reason why dad is not coming home to his family, the poster will be placed in each warm-up shelter. We hope the message gets out, it is sad when children lose their father so unnecessarily.     

Recent information from the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) is stating that snowmobile sales are up 10% from this time last year, good news for everyone, let’s hope the snow continues to fall so we can get lots of use of these new sleds.

Please when out on the trails take it easy, keep your speed down and remember speed does not necessarily get you where you want to go. Ride safe, have fun and have a great season. Hope to see you on the trail.

Alan Butler
President 
Snoman Inc.