Joining the Trailblazers is easy. When purchasing a Trail Pass, you can also purchase a Trailblazers' Annual Club Membership for $20/person or family. Find out where to buy your Membership.
» You'll be joining a community of individuals who love the sport
» You'll be part of a social club that gives back to the community
» You'll be supporting local trail maintenance and grooming
» You'll be meeting new riders and making new friends
The Trailblazers Club is one of the largest clubs in Alberta and is one of the busiest. For further information on the club, its accomplishments and additional history, download the club's History of Events.
|1979||Whitecourt Trailblazers Club established|
|1981||Trailblazers affiliated with the ASA (Alberta Snowmobile Association)|
|1982||Alberta Forest Service develops Eagle River Recreation area with 83km of trails|
|1983||Trailblazers awarded ‘ASA Club of the Year’|
|1984||Trailblazers host their first ASA Jamboree|
|1985||Whitecourt recognized as Snowmobile Capital of Alberta|
|1986||Trailblazers awarded ‘Ski-Doo New Generation Club of Canada’ from Bombardier|
|1989||Trailblazers host their second ASA Jamboree|
|1993||Trailblazers take over operation of Eagle River Recreation area and trail system|
|1994||Golden Triangle trail system opens|
|1995||Silver Summit trail system opens|
|2000||Trailblazers host their third ASA Jamboree|
|2003||Trailblazers purchase groomer|
|2004||Trailblazers build log cabin on Athabasca Loop and relocate old shelter to Groat Creek Trail|
|2004||Trailblazers awarded ‘ASA Outstanding Snowmobile Club of the Year’|
|2005||Trailblazers celebrate 25th Anniversary|
|2005||Town of Whitecourt officially registers Whitecourt as ‘Snowmobile Capital of Alberta’|
|2007||Trailblazers lose trail boss Dale Gunderson in a tragic accident on the trails|
|2007||Trailblazers build new cabin and rest area in Virginia Hills known as the Gundy Rest Area|
|2009||Trailblazers host their fourth ASA Jamboree along with Sled Invasion – record number of sleds in attendance (900) and record back-flip achieved (Sam Rogers, 117ft)|
|2010||Trailblazers awarded ‘Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations Excellence Award for Tourism Promotion’|
|2010||Trailblazers develop and relocate 127km of trail. Trail system now totals 420km. New trails include Groat Creek Canyon Trail, Goodwin Lake Trail and Manweiler Trail. Look-outs established on trail system – Athabasca Look-out, Goodwin Lake Look-out, Groat Creek Canyon Look-out|
|2011||Jordan Linford recognized at ASA awards for Outstanding Youth Contribution|
|2012||Alex Manweiler recognized at ASA awards with Sherren Lifetime Achievement|
|2012||Summit Cabin burns to ground along with woodshed and outhouse|
|2012||New Summit Cabin opens after many volunteer hours of work led by Jeff Brooks|
|2012||Club purchases 2nd groomer and drag|
|2013||Annual Family Sled Rally attracts 715 sledders|
|2013||New record for trail pass sales. 540 season passes, 621 day passes|
The Trailblazers' scholarship program was started in 1986 as a way of giving back to the community for its tremendous support of the Trailblazers.
Today, the scholarship award is $500 and the same amount extends to the second year providing the student is continuing on in post-secondary schooling. The scholarship is open to graduates of both Hilltop High School and St. Joseph School. The deadline for applications is June 30th.
The 2012 recipient was Taylor Pinchbeck.