ABOUT THE WHITECOURT TRAILBLAZERS
The Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club is a not-for-profit group registered under the Societies Act in Alberta founded in 1979. The Club will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2015. As one of the largest snowmobile Clubs in Alberta, the Trailblazers are made up of a group of 550 members who donate their time to promote the sport of organized snowmobiling in Alberta.
Whitecourt is the official Snowmobile Capital of Alberta.
The Whitecourt Trailblazers currently maintains 465kms of trail system in the Whitecourt area, including portions of the Trans-Canada Trail System and the Golden Triangle Trail System.
BECOME A TRAILBLAZERS MEMBER
Joining the Trailblazers is easy. When purchasing a Trail Pass from a Whitecourt Trailblazers member or a supporting Whitecourt business, your Whitecourt Trailblazers membership is included. An annual Trail Pass is $80/season (or $70 if purchased before January 1, 2016). Day Passes are also available for $20/day.
Why you should join:
- 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 a very active club and is proud of its many accomplishments. For more information on the club history, visit our History Book.
|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|