40TH ANNIVERSARY SLED INVASION - FEBRUARY 14-16, 2020

Trailblazers’s Barbeque Fundraiser @ Canadian Tire

Nov27

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.  

Invite to our 2020 VIP & Media Ride

Nov20

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.

November General Meeting

Nov12

Our November meeting is Wednesday November 13 at the Royal Canadian Legion at 7:30pm.

Grooming is the Ultimate Job

Nov11

“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 looking for VINTAGE SLEDS & GEAR for our 2020-40th Anniversary Sled Invasion

Nov10

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.

General Meeting – Wednesday Nov 13

Nov10

Join us for our General Meeting to discuss the upcoming season and updates on trails. 7:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion.

A reminder about the Town of Whitecourt Bylaw regarding OHV – speed and allowance for seasonal use between December 1 and March 31

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