Sled Season is Almost Here!

2021 has been hard on everyone, especially last season. With minimal snowfall and health restrictions putting a damper on things we were surprised to still see many people out on the trails. Our club volunteers did an excellent job clearing, signing, and grooming trails through the season, and we hope everyone had a chance to enjoy all of them.

The future is looking brighter though, and we hope the 2021-2022 season will bring us back to normal, with some get-togethers, club rides, and of course absurd amounts of snow. In September we had our first in-person club meeting in over a year, followed up by an excellent club wind up barbeque. Thank you to everyone who came out, it’s awesome to finally see people face-to-face again. We also received the highest ever grooming payout, which would not have been possible without all the long hours our groomer operators put in on a weekly basis.

We’ve talked about it for a long time, but it’s finally happened, the groomer shed floor has been paved. Thanks to the Province of Manitoba and the Building Sustainable Communities Program we received almost $19,000 to put towards the total cost of almost $40,000 to complete the project. A huge thanks to our Vice President Brett Schewe for managing the project, as well as the large number of volunteers who helped move tools and furniture around. The newly paved floor should provide a much cleaner and more comfortable environment for our groomer operators and anyone else working on equipment in the groomer shed. If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, please feel free to come by during any one of our club events or meetings. I’d also like to take the time to thanks Eastcrete for helping us out with concrete, Agassiz Concrete Pumping, and AU Landscaping for the concrete finishing work.

This season, we’ll be adding almost 40km of new trails, linking the Towns of Tyndall and Anola, as well as Beasejour to Seddons Corner. Both sections of highway see a lot of sled traffic and we thought it was time to get them on the trail map. We hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the new trails, do some exploring and check out some local businesses on the way. If you’d like to advertise your business on our annual trail map, please get in touch with the club and we’ll get your name on the map!

Let’s all cross our fingers, pray, do a little dance, or whatever it is you do, for some serious snow this year. Whether you’re a trail rider, a mountain sledder, like skiing or just enjoy the snow, I hope you have an amazing winter. If you just so happen to find some time to join a club, we’d love to have you!

Ride Safe

Paul Reichart