We are holding a Barbeque of Beef on a Bun and Hotdogs at Canadian Tire on Saturday, November 30th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. We will have coffee and pop to drink. As well, we will have “Sled Cookies” by Janet to purchase. Support the Club and buy a Raffle Ticket. Don’t forget to get your ticket for our early bird draw of a Traeger Grill – Draw Date Dec. 13/19 at Adrenaline Powersports. We will also be selling Trail Passes – early bird price of $80.00.
A BIG THANK YOU TO CANADIAN TIRE FOR DISPLAYING OUR SLED, SELLING TICKETS AND HAVING US THERE FOR OUR FUNDRAISING BARBEQUE DURING THE BLACK FRIDAY SALE.
We are hosting our VIP/Media Ride Friday, January 31, 2020. Play hookie and come join us on our annual ride. Please RSVP. If you require a snowmobile or gear, please also let us know that ASAP so that we can make arrangements for that.
“What I like best about grooming: Being out in nature, enjoying the trails and making them nice for sledders. It is work that seems to be much appreciated” a quote from one of our best! Our snowcat operators have the best job! When the trails are ready for grooming, it is like icing the cake. Grooming is an art of timing and technique with all sorts of conditions: If it is not cold enough-it doesn’t set as well, whether there is enough fresh snow to make a difference, is there a good base, are all the trees cleaned from the trail or at least pushed to the side, are the creeks all set in, is there enough snow to push etc?
Our snowcat operators have lots of pride in what they do and it shows in their grooming. The main fellows that we can thank over the past 15+ years are Alex Manweiler, Dale Gunderson, Harold Bellwood from Fox Creek, Dave Newbury, Don Price, Jim Hearn, Derek Rooks. We also have other folks that have been a part of the team for shorter periods: Nick Slootweg, Wayne Bronson, Ken Vanderburg, Ernst Engeroff and Lambert Veenstra. Of course there are the co-pilots and wives who have helped along the way, keeping these guys company on their long rides and helping to remove debris from the trail-thanks to you all.
In September 2003, we became owners of our first reconditioned 1995 Bombardier BR 400MP and Mogul Master Drag. Prior to this, we would hire a snow cat to groom our system. It was a lot of work by the Club and community to raise funds of $80,000-$100,000 which were $.50 dollars with a grant. The other part of the equation was to work with the Town and County to gain access to maintenance and storage facilities. A Lease for $1.00 was signed with the Town of Whitecourt for the equipment. A big thank you to all those folks who were involved in this fundraising initiative.
We currently have 2 snow cats that we lease for $1.00 with the Town of Whitecourt. We store them in town in the off season and then we move them out to their winter storage areas, to enable quicker access to the trails. Snow cats will run about 8 miles an hour. The guys generally drive them 4-6 miles an hour, dependent on terrain and corners/straight aways. Our snow cats and snowmobile trail drag systems are valued at $300,000.00. We have 485kms of trails and we groom the more popular trails weekly. Some of the trails with less traffic, will be groomed every 2 – 3 weeks, as conditions warrant. Whitecourt is well known for having one of the best groomed trail systems in the Alberta. Our annual grooming budget is $40,000. We plan on grooming 6000 KMS annually / 600 hours of grooming time. Our annual trail brushing program budget is $30,000 – to remove willows, alders and underbrush growth on the trails during the off season in order to keep the trails safe and free of debris. (in the perfect year with no blowdown or major windstorms). It costs $195 per km – Our annual costs to maintain the trails are $90,000 annually / $195 per km of Trail. These costs include; grooming, brushing, replacing stolen and vandalized signage, repairing trail damage due to ATV traffic, and snow cat repairs. However, this does not include groomer replacement or time and equipment donated by Club Volunteers for trail cleaning. The Club’s net proceeds from the sale of “ONE Annual ASA Trail Pass” allows the Club to maintain 250 Metres of Trail for the season. Every little bit helps, so thank you for purchasing your ASA Trail Pass.
Thanks to all those folks who have made this happen over the years, you are awarded by your peers, Club members, community and mostly the riders who come because you have done a superb job with our award winning trails. We can’t wait to get out an enjoy them this winter!!!!! Thank you all snow cat operators in Alberta who keep this winter sport alive!
We are searching for vintage sleds and gear to display at our 2020 Sled Invasion rally checkpoints. Vintage items would be displayed at our checkpoints that we will designate as a decade eg: 60/70’s, 80s, 90s. If you have any gear or sleds that you would be willing to display please contact us. We would ask that you take your sled into the checkpoint and then pick it up at the end of the day; you do not have to stay, just deliver and pick up.
Alberta Relic Riders Club will be here at the 40th Anniversary Sled Invasion on Friday night for our World Record Breaking Snowmobile Parade as well they will have a display of their sleds on Saturday. Make sure to check them out and for more information you can go on their Facebook Page for updates.
STV 2015 (starting at Minute 2:00) they have a clip on the Relic Riders and 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion.
We are happy to announce that we are open for this coming season. We have most of our weekends booked, but looking to book up the rest. Please note, due to the COVID 19 Virus we are regulated at this time for each booking to only have 15 people. In addition due to health regulations, our Gazebo, outhouses and water pump are unavailable for use. Please cont... Read More
As you are aware, the Whitecourt Trailblazers Executive works very hard throughout the year, but especially from September to April. Every year there are always some blips and adversities and this year was no exception. We will however, not remember this year as any other year that the 2020-40th Anniversary Sled Invasion. It was a great year, with a lot o... Read More
Posted by: Cindy Brooks on April 24, 2020
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