Can I Get A Refund For My Snopass?
There are no refunds through MPI or Snoman. We would like all of our snowmobiling friends to know that in seasons where snowmobile clubs are unable to groom their trails due to a lack of snow, Snoman Inc. does not provide refunds to Snopass holders, nor do we provide a credit for the purchase of a Snopass for the following year. We ask that you bear with us as we cannot control the weather as much as we would like to.
When a Snopass is cancelled (or the snowmobile registration is cancelled), the plate must be surrendered or the transaction cannot be completed.
For a customer with an anniversary date outside of the riding season, a full refund will only be issued if one of the following is true:
- The snowmobile registration is cancelled before the first day of the riding season (December 1).
- The Snopass is cancelled before the first day of the riding season.
For a customer with an anniversary date in the riding season, a full refund will only be issued if:
- The customer renews their registration in advance, pays in full, and cancels before their anniversary date.
Outside of the indicated scenarios noted above, a refund will not be issued by Manitoba Public Insurance or Snoman.
What Happens If I Don’t Pay Or I Don’t Cancel My Snopass Prior To December 1st Or My Renewal Date?
You will be charged for a Snopass for the upcoming season in addition to the interest and your account will be in arrears. MPI can then suspend all your accounts until paid in full. This is a MPI policy and not a Snoman policy, and Snoman will not interfere with MPI’s policies. It is important that you take the necessary action prior to December 1st of each year or your renewal date.
If you are not a Manitoba resident, you must purchase a Snopass to ride the trails in Manitoba. You can purchase an Annual Snopass by visiting an MPI Broker. 3- and 7-day passes are available online by visiting https://www.manitobaelicensing.ca/ You must indicate proof of ownership and valid registration from another jurisdiction that includes a minimum of $500,000 third-party liability coverage. An Annual Snopass allows you to ride on designated trails until April 30.
Did you know that Saskatchewan snowmobilers are welcome to enjoy Snoman’s trail system? In the Crown Lands Act, the requirement for a Snopass does not apply as long as the person’s snowmobile has current Saskatchewan Government Insurance registration and a minimum of $500,000 third-party liability coverage. Manitobans are also welcome to enjoy Saskatchewan’s trail system as long as they have an Annual Snopass!
To purchase your Annual Snopass in advance, you can mail your information to an MPI Broker. Your Snopass sticker will be mailed to you from the Broker. Please allow time for this process.
The following needs to be provided to the broker by mail:
- Proof of registration and insurance
- Proof of $500,000 Third party liability
- Proof of age (must be at least 17+, or customers between 16 and 17 years of age with parental consent – A letter of authorization from a parent or guardian for their child or ward to purchase the Snopass.)
- Guaranteed funds (cash, certified cheque, money order, debit, or credit card)
For locations and addresses of MPI Brokers in Manitoba, please click here.
3- and 7-day passes are available online at https://www.manitobaelicensing.ca/
Are Snopasses Mandatory?
If you wish to travel on designated Snoman trails in Manitoba, you are required by law to have a valid orange Snopass plate affixed to your snowmobile. Conservation Officers and the RCMP patrol the trails regularly, and a snowmobiler found to be on a designated trail without a valid Snopass will be fined over $480.00.
There is also the option of purchasing a 3-day or 7-day pass online to try the trails by visiting https://www.manitobaelicensing.ca/
Can I Ride On Snoman Trails With My Quad Or Side By Side?
The answer is NO. The first and most obvious reason is that wheeled vehicles can destroy the base and grooming that our volunteers have worked so hard on. This results not just in an unpleasant ride, but many times an unsafe one as well. A snowmobiler, coming upon tire ruts can be sent off balance. The result could be a rider thrown from their snowmobile or there could be a loss of control, sending the snowmobile into a tree or other obstacle. This leaves our members in danger for injury or worse.
The next reason that we can’t allow access to our trails is that we have landowner agreements, either with the government or our private landowners to only operate a snowmobile on the trail. Our trails exist on a frozen landscape, and in many places on terrain that is not suitable for wheeled or heavier vehicles. We must take ecological concerns into account when planning, building, and grooming our trails. In conditions where the snow-pack is minimal, wheeled or heavier vehicles can reach down into the ground and cause terrain damage. We must comply with our land owners’ requests and wishes to be able to access the landscape. To allow other vehicle types (wheeled, tracked, or otherwise) could result in the clubs losing land access and the trails.
There is also a big concern with other ORVs since the majority of them far exceeds the width of a snowmobile, therefore being a huge safety issue.
A huge reason, from Snoman’s perspective, is that we are only insured for snowmobiles. We must carry a large Commercial General Liability (CGL) policy to operate our trails on the landscape. Our coverage providers only cover the operation and activities of snowmobiles and you need a Snopass to ride on the trails.
What’s The Purpose Of The Snopass?
Your Snopass fee helps to enhance recreational snowmobiling across Manitoba, as it supports the local Snoman member clubs who groom and maintain more than 13,000 kilometres of designated trails across Manitoba.
What Other Benefits Does An Annual Snopass or Short-term Pass Offer?
- Entitles the Snopass purchaser to ride all of Snoman’s designated snowmobile trails.
- Annual Snopasses also provide additional entitlement to ride on designated trails in Saskatchewan.
- Creates more sustainable funding to ensure the designated trail system continues to provide snowmobilers with a safer riding opportunity.
- Provides important announcements on safety and trail conditions through media such as radio, print, and website.