President's Message

Member Clubs and Snowmobilers:

April 2016

As the snowmobile season is behind us and I look back it likely was not one of our better seasons.  Snow in many areas was minimal and in fact we had two clubs that were not able to open trails due to a lack of snow and a number of clubs were only able to open a few of their trails. I guess there is not a thing we can do about the weather but let’s hope for more snow next season.

This past season we seen the introduction of the new orange Snopass plate.  There has been a lot of positive comments about the new plate and their intended purpose is working.  MPI advises us that approximately 12,000 plates have been issued to date.  All those that have not transferred to the new plate have until December 1, 2016 to get the plate.  Please be advised MPI are sending out letters to those that have not yet picked up their new plate, they are advising that you must pick up your new plate prior to your expiry date.    

The RiderX program introduced this past season has received great reviews.  This snowmobile trail app was developed by Polaris and is available to all smart phone and android users at no cost.  I am pleased to advise that we will be offering a RiderX work shop at the 2016 Snoman Congress in November.  

Even though this past season was not our best we must remember that the effort by the clubs and all the volunteers was as great as always.  The efforts put forth by the volunteers is monumental to say the least.  It does not matter how much it snows, if it were not for the volunteers we would not have a trails system.  We also thank all of the land owners; as a result of their cooperation we are able to enjoy a great trail system, so whenever you get a chance thank a land owner.

Now that all the trail signs have been picked up and the sleds put away it’s important to enjoy your summer, get those batteries recharged, winter will be here quicker than you think.  Have a great summer and see you in the fall.

Alan Butler
Snoman Inc.