It has begun……Our season is starting out with a bang. Join us for our first General Meeting of the season at Eagle River Staging Area (3km north on Hwy 32 N) on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 6:00pm. Hot dogs & snacks available and then meeting shortly after. Discussions: 2 vacant positions, season trail cleaning, the ASPS Event in October and our upcoming season. (Families welcome).
We are looking for volunteers for the Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce Trade Show on May 12, 13 & 14th. Shifts available are Saturday 1-4, 4-6 and Sunday 11-1:30 and 1:30-4:00. We would need 1-2 people per shift. The show is at the Arena and Curling Rink and we will be set up outside the Curling Rink with the Groomer and Drag. Thank you to Dave Newbury, Len Danyluk and Jim Hearn for all your prep work getting the equipment shiny and clean.
REFLECTION 2016/2017 SEASON
Thank you to all of our supporters this season – volunteers, donators and those who purchased ASA Membership Trail Passes and Sled Raffle Tickets. We had a year with low snow and warm temperatures, however, the club had many projects and activities on the go. The following are projects that we accomplished and we want to thank all those that were involved:
-monthly meetings for the Executive and the General members (Executive Committee over 300 volunteer hours)
-We had a booth at the ASPS Event in Edmonton and Winter Mania in Whitecourt
-Hosted an Avalanche Awareness session with Zacs Tracs and also hosted a Avalanche Seminar with Avalanche Canada in November.
-Building our Partnership with Industry – Pembina Pipeline Corporation, Midwest Pipelines, Millar Western Forest Products, Blue Ridge Lumber. Pembina built a pipeline through the northern part of our trail system from Gundy Cabin to Carson Cabin and through the areas. Millar Western was busy logging on the north and south areas adjacent and across our trails. Blue Ridge was logging in the north.
-Our Adopt a Trail program and other volunteers cleaned and maintained 485 kms of our trails. Our dedicated and greatly appreciated volunteers developed, modified and mulched trails in the Bessie Creek area, Stony Creek, Eagle River Casino area and by the Chickadee Burner/Old Man River. There was over 1000 hours dedicated to our trails this year. In addition to the great work completed and donated by Midwest Pipeline in the northern trails (200 hrs)
-Dedicated volunteers spent many hours erecting new signs on the trails
-Our work on updating our maps and designating CNT’s are almost complete and ready to be registered with Alberta Land Titles. We will then reproduce our paper, billboard and computer maps. Maps will be available to download in the Garmen file in the Fall (over 200 volunteer hours)
-Our staging areas are all cleaned up, shed has new siding and tin on the roof. Wood all stocked up for the next season. Upgraded wood stove in Summit cabin.
-Many groomer repairs/modifications such as brush guards completed and installed on both snow cats and installed LED Lights on snow cats and the truck (over 200 volunteer hours)
-We sold 163 2017-ASA Membership Trail Passes. We now sell Trail Passes on our website as well as at our suppliers.
-We had a profit from the sale of the Sled Raffle Tickets. Thank you to our volunteers who sold tickets (over 345hrs)
-Developed a new agreement for renters for the Eagle River Campground. Almost every weekend was booked from May to September.
-We’ve approached the Town and County to construct a portion on to the Athabasca Bridge which would assist with snowmobile traffic in the winter crossing the Athabasca River.
-Organized a VIP and Media Ride that did not occur due to low snow and warm temperatures.
-Organized a Canada 150 Rally for February 18/19 that did not occur due to low snow and warm temperatures.
-Partnered with the Golden Triangle Committee on organizing an Adventure 350 Rally planned for March 4/5, but unfortunately did not go forward due to low snow and warm temperatures.
-We were given 6 awards from SnoRiders West Magazine for the 18th Annual Rider’s Choice Awards – Platinum – Favorite Snowmobiling Area in Alberta, Silver Favourite Snowmobiling Area in Western Canada, Gold-Favourite Scenic Snowmobiling Area in Alberta, Platinum – Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in Alberta, Platinum-Favourite Powder Riding in Alberta, and Platinum-Favourite area for Family Snowmobiling in Alberta.
-Three groups from our club won 3 awards from the Alberta Snowmobile Association in October:
1.Dan, Sue, Brad, Rachele and Hailey Guenette – Canadian Council of Snowmobiling Organizations award presented at the ASA Excellence Awards in October.
2.Bailey Hearn was given the Outstanding Youth Award
3. Cyril Lanctot was awarded the Louise Sherrin Lifetime Achievement Award
-We won the Provincial SnoRiders West Sledtown Showdown the Provincial level and received a trophy and gift certificate for winning – highest number of voters. Lost out in Round 5.
-We are now into organizing and planning for next season. Although we had a low snow year, we will still operate, maintain and develop trails and plan for events. Thank you to all of you who make our club what it is. Thanks again to our donators, suppliers and supporters. See you on the trails next year
Trail Report for Jan 10/15
All South trails have been groomed this week including Groat Creek Canyon Trail, Goodwin Lake Trail, Summit Trail and the Manweiler Trail to the River. The trail to silver summit has had the creeks filled but there is not enough snow that way to pull the groomer due to blowing snow in the cut blocks.
New Snow has made for great trail conditions in most areas
Most of the trails in the North (east of highway 32) have been groomed and are in great condition, these include the Carson loop, Eagle Loop and the Athabasca Lookout. Caution is still advised with the early snow conditions there are still a lot of leaning trees and weak trees along the trail that could fall with more snow.
Gundy is still not passable with the groomer but a crew of 11 guys went out this morning to clean it and we hope to have the groomer go out next week.
Please use Extreme Caution when crossing water including rivers, lakes, ponds and streams
Next Club meeting Jan 14/15 @7:30pm at the Whitecourt Legion
Trail Cleaning starts this weekend!!!
Everyone is welcome, dress warm, bring lunch, saw, atv and a friend!
Not everyone needs a saw or machine as we can double up in SXS’s and we always need throwers
Meeting at 8am at the Ritz for Breakfast
Trail Cleaning dates Nov 1,2,8,9,11,15,16 unless we get finished sooner
Call Aaron 7807788500 or 7807793372 if you have any questions
The Trailblazers are riding the Golden Triangle in one day, Saturday March 8th. This 10 hour ride is not for the faint of heart. Pack a lunch, extra fuel and oil, and a tow rope (just in case).
Leaving Eagle River Staging Area at 8am sharp. Riding to Swan Hills, gas up, then ride to Fox Creek, gas up, then back to Whitecourt. Will be 10 hours or less. 220 miles. Novice riders are not recommended as this is a very long day and a fast pace will be required to complete the ride before dark.
So Saturday, March 8th at Eagle River Staging Area at 8am!