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 37th Anniversary in 2017. As one of the largest snowmobile Clubs in Alberta, the Trailblazers are made up of a group of over 500 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 480kms of trail system in the Whitecourt area, including portions of the Trans-Canada Trail System and the Golden Triangle Trail System.

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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, 2017). Day Passes are also available for $20/day.

Find out where to buy your Trail Pass & Membership.

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

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TRAILBLAZERS EXECUTIVE


TRAILBLAZERS TIMELINE

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
2012 SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:
Platinum – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta
Gold – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta
2013 Annual Family Sled Rally attracts 715 sledders
2013 New record for trail pass sales. 540 season passes, 621 day passes
2013 Committee formed to begin planning of the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion consisting of Town/County & Trailblazer Representatives. Event Planner – Cindy Brooks hired
2013 SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:
Bronze – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta
Gold – Snowmobiling Area You Would Like Most to Ride in the Future Alberta
Gold – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Powder Riding in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta
2014 VIP & Media Ride takes place January 29, 2014
2014 Family Rally takes place February 15 & 16. Record number of sledders – 850. Raffle of 2 sleds – Polaris & Ski-Doo
2014 Ladies Cancer Ride takes place February 24 & 25. Ladies ride from Athabasca to Tumbler Ridge and Trailblazers members participated Swan Hills to Whitecourt and Whitecourt to Fox Creek legs. Close to $5000 was raised
2014 Committee for World Snowmobile Invasion expanded to include a Trailblazers and community committee
2014 ASA Excellence Awards:
Ken Linford, Outstanding Snowmobiler
2014 SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:
Bronze – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta
Bronze – Snowmobiling Area You Would Like Most to Ride in the Future Alberta
Gold – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta
Bronze – Favourite Powder Riding in Alberta
Bronze – Favourite Scenic Riding in Alberta
2015 VIP & Media Ride takes place January 30, 2015 – Over 100 participants to the Carson Cabin
2015 5-day event World Snowmobile Invasion takes place February 11-15.
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2015 Record for 2014/2015 trail pass sales. 693 season passes, 854 day passes
2015 Need for Executive Assistant – Cindy Brooks hired
2015 Developed Bessie Creek Trail and Shiningbank Look-Out with outhouse and benches
2015 ASA Excellence Awards:
Don Price, Outstanding Groomer Operator
Dan Guenette & Family, Outstanding Family Contribution Award
NW Zone – Club of the Year
ASA Outstanding Club of the Year
2015 SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:
Gold – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta
Gold – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta
2016 VIP & Media Ride takes place January 29, 2016 – 54 participants to the Summit Cabin
2016 Family Rally scheduled for February 13 & 14 cancelled due to lack of snow. Raffle of 2 sleds – Polaris & Ski-Doo
2016 Despite a low snow year, tremendous support with trail pass sales. 436 season passes, 176 day passes
2016 Summit wood shed tinned and outhouse moved at Carson Cabin
2016 ASA Excellence Awards:
Cyril Lanctot, Louise Sherren Lifetime Achievement Award
Bailey Hearn, Outstanding Youth Contribution Award
Dan Guenette & Family, Outstanding Family Contribution Award
2016 SnoRider’s West Magazine, Riders Choice Awards:
Gold – Favourite Scenic Snowmobile Area in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Overall Snowmobiling Area in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Powder Riding in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta
Platinum – Favourite Snowmobiling in Western Canada