President's Message

Member Clubs and Snowmobilers:

November 2017

A big thank you to all the clubs and members that attended the 7th Annual Snowmobile Congress and Awards Banquet. One of the highlights was the success of the youth workshop with 21 young people in attendance. I am pleased to say the group are very enthusiastic and have a meeting planned in the near future in Portage. If any youth are interested in attending please contact Tonya Kemball at 1-204-340-5417 for more information.

The colder weather is now here and there has been snow in most areas of the province. Please remember to use extreme caution near waterways, lakes and sloughs. 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 signing the trails. I was out for a short ride but we definitely need more snow before we can get serious about hitting the trails. I guess 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 consistently signed, which will further enhance rider safety.   

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 them, it makes for better trails and is safer for everyone. Please remember clubs are always looking for members and help, 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?

To all - Ride Safe and enjoy our winter wonderland!   

Alan Butler
Snoman Inc.