News from Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders for Nov. 6th.
Submitted by Kathy Sangster
Our new executive for the 2015/16 season has been elected. President Dan Taylor and myself as Treasurer returned for another year along with two new faces – Ian Henderson as Vice-President and Nelson Fulford as Secretary. Now while Dan’s hair may not be as nice as Justin’s, Dan too is promising to lead us to “sunny days, sunny days”. And for snowmobilers, that means we are hoping for good cold weather to freeze up the trails and then lots of snow so that our groomer guys can make that white pavement we all love.
Something new is coming this December for all snowmobilers who buy a Sno-Pass. You will be given, at no extra charge, a new licence plate for your snowmobile that is a different color from the plates on snowmobiles without a Sno-Pass. And even if you have already paid for your Sno-Pass for this year, you can go in to any MPI agent and receive your new plate free of charge as soon as they are available. Last year we finally saw some real enforcement on our trails that resulted in a number of fines for riders who were on the designated Snoman trail without a Sno-Pass. Is it really worth risking a $487.00 fine instead of paying only $150.00 for a Sno-Pass? Our 350 km of trail system is costly to maintain and all the work is done by the volunteers in our club. This is a very fair user-pay system – if you want to ride on the designated Snoman trail, it is only fair that you help to pay for the cost to maintain the trail. If you do not ride these trails, there is no requirement to purchase a Sno-Pass.
We have been advised by Viking Lodge in Cranberry that they are going to be open this year for snowmobile business. They are advertising dine-in hot food, premium gas, oil, belts, antifreeze, spark plugs and a repair shop. Our groomed trail goes north to highway 39. Then Flin Flon picks up the trail from there into Cranberry. We will be asking someone from Viking or the Flin Flon club to mark the trail right to the Lodge as it is a couple of kilometers off the groomed trail. Our president has been in contact with Manitoba Hydro and has been assured that they are done with the brushing on that trail so it should be good going all the way.
In April, we hired a local contractor to do some major work on out trail past Big Bend shelter. The Saskatchewan River has been encroaching on the trail for a number of years and it would have been only a matter of time before our trail disappeared. A new trail was pushed away from the river and the parking lot around the shelter was cleared at the same time to make more room for snowmobiles. And just a week ago, we had the contractor do clearing on the south end of the loppit trail to get rid of some tight corners making for a safer trail and one that is easier for the groomer to navigate.
So now we wait for freeze-up and snow. Trails will need to be packed and fallen trees removed; then signs put up so lots of work before the groomer goes into action. We desperately need new members in the club, so if you are a snowmobiler, please consider joining us.
Submitted by Rob Vipond:
Local dedicated members are once again battling Mother Nature after last weeks snow fall.> As you can see this section of the groomed trail requires manual labor to
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