ANNUAL FAMILY SNOWMOBILE RALLY 2016 - CANCELLED

2016 Annual Family Snowmobile Rally – CANCELLED

Feb02

Unfortunately, the Whitecourt Trailblazers Club has cancelled the 2016 Annual Family Snowmobile Rally due to the lack of snow throughout the season. This is the 3rd Rally in 36 years as a club, that one has been cancelled. We want everyone to have the best riding experience on our trails and believe that with the large number of snowmobiles that participate in our rallies, the trails may be compromised. In looking forward at the forecast for the next 10 days, there is very little snow fall expected in our area. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you and your family.

We have two snowmobiles to be raffled off on the Family Day weekend. One a 2016 Polaris Pro RMK 800 – 163 Raffle that will be drawn for on Saturday, February 13th at 4:30pm at the Westward Community Centre and a 2016 Ski-Doo Freeride 154 Raffle which will be drawn at 4:30pm Sunday, February 14th at the Westward Community Centre.

We will be selling tickets for $5 each for the next 10 days at the Whitecourt Canadian Tire and Whitecourt IGA. This is your chance to get your tickets, before the draw on Family Day Weekend.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this season and in the past. We look forward to hosting our Rally next year on the Family Day weekend in 2017.

Please visit our website at www.whitecourttrailblazers.ca for updates on our trails and other events in the season. Facebook – www.facebook.com/whitecourttrailblazers or Twitter – @WCTtrailblazers

Trail Report Jan30/16

Jan30

I rode the Bessie creek and Manweiler trail to the river today and they were in really good shape. Also sent to the Shinningbank lookout. It was not good at all. Low snow in lots of spots and no snow in other spots. I do not suggest riding the silver summit trail unless we get more snow.

Had a great day either way.

Trail Report Jan26/16

Jan26

WE NEED MORE SNOW!

We have received an inch or two of new snow in the past 10-12 days. The trails to the south are in pretty good shape.

The Summit Trail is holding up well and the new Bessie Creek trail is in great shape. Trails are bumpy in spots and have a few large bumps but all things considered are in really good shape. The Manweiler trail to the river is in very good shape with only a couple rough spots. Goodwin lake trail has seen the most traffic and with the hills on this trail is showing the fair condition with rough spots and the occasional dirt spot. The Groat creek trail from the Groat creek staging area to the Summit cabin has not been groomed and is in poor condition. If you decide to ride this trail please ride with caution. The summit trail to the lookout is still in good shape but due to oilfield work in the area we do not advise travel past the Shinningbank Lookout.

The north trails have had the low spots filled in but have not been groomed due to low snow. Trails are open but rough. North of the Carson cabin on the Golden triangle has had a crew working on it to get it cleaned but so far they have not completed this work. This trail is passable but will be a single track in spots and may still have trees on the trail, if you are riding the triangle please use extreme caution.

I am still getting lots of positive reports of people finding snow in our area, also people reporting back that even though the trails are rough it beats not riding at all. I have been receiving pictures daily of people that are out enjoying what little we have for snow and being told that they will continue to ride until all the snow is packed or gone.

If you do decide to come ride Whitecourt in the next week or so, please keep in mind that we have no control over the snow, we are all VOLUNTEERS, and we are doing the best we can.

Please use Extreme Caution when crossing water including rivers, lakes, ponds and streams. Some of these smaller water spots may look frozen but may have rotten ice due to the recent warmer weather.

The trail behind Millar Western has eroded to the point of not being able to get the groomer through this season. A meeting was held between the Town of Whitecourt, The Whitecourt Trailblazers and Miller Western and it was decided that the trail would be closed for the season. This is due to the erosion and the unpredictable way the river is eroding the bank at this spot. We apologize for the inconvenience but it was deemed a hazard that could not be contained. The Town and the Trailblazers are discussing possible other routes from downtown to the trail system, and we will keep you updated as a solution is found.

Next General Meeting is Feb10th @7:30 Downstairs at the Legion

Pick up a trail pass or raffle tickets for a sledder in your life today!!

 

MOVED – VIP & MEDIA RIDE – January 29, 2016

Jan25

We are MOVING THE VIP & MEDIA RIDE to the WESTWARD COMMUNITY CENTRE (8KM s on Hwy 32).  PLEASE NOTE OUR VIP & MEDIA RIDE THAT WAS SCHEDULED TO OCCUR ON FRIDAY JANUARY 29TH, from the Eagle River Staging area HAS BEEN MOVED. We will be leaving at 12:00pm and we will be going on the South trails. We are expecting some amazing people to attend this ride – Travel Alberta folks, SRD, MP Arnold Viersen, MLA Carlier Oneil, Town and County Councillors and members of our club. We will still be having a luncheon sponsored by Alberta Snowmobile Association and Evening snacks and venue sponsored by Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza.  If you require further information, please contact Cindy at 780-706-5267.

TRAIL REPORT – JANUARY 14, 2016

Jan14

TRAIL REPORT FOR JANUARY 14, 2016. Similar to last week’s report. We have received some new snow!

South Trails:

The Groat Creek Trail and staging area has not been groomed yet this season as the low snow conditions make it impossible to have enough snow to fill creeks and to pull the drag. This trail remains open but is in very poor condition, hills are very icy and creek crossings are deep.

Goodwin Lake Trail to the Summit Cabin has been groomed and is in decent condition, with a few pockets of low snow.

The new Bessie Creek Trail (sorry out of towner’s, this one is not on the maps yet but is signed) has been groomed and is in great shape!

This also means that a large portion on the Manweiler from the Summit Cabin to the River has been groomed and is also in great shape. Grooming stops just a couple of kms short of the Athabasca River.

The Silver Summit trail has been groomed to the NEW Shiningbank Lookout. The trail is groomed well with a few pockets of low snow followed by great snow! The trail has not been groomed past the Shiningbank Lookout due to some unexpected industry activity on/beside the trail. We would ask people to avoid the area past the lookout heading towards Silver Summit until we have a chance to talk to the industry reps.

North Trails:

The North Groomer was went out this week as well and is currently working on filling all the creeks on the north trails. This is not really going to improve the trails to the north a bunch besides making the creeks easier to cross.

The Golden Triangle trail is being worked on to make sure that the trail is clear but at this time the trail North to Swan Hills is heavy with leaners and some unexpected industry activity north of the Blue Ridge Haul Road. We currently do not recommend travel north past the Blue Ridge haul road until we can get the trail clear. The Golden Triangle committee has a goal of having the Triangle cleaned and groomed by Feb 1st every year.

We are in full swing with preparations for the upcoming Annual Family Snowmobile Rally on February 12, 13 & 14. Rally ride is Saturday and Sunday. Please Note: WE HAVE MOVED OUR VENUE, it is now at the Westward Community Centre 8 km s on Hwy 32.

Cindy

2016 VIP & Media Ride

Jan12

We are hosting our annual VIP & Media Ride – January 29, 2016 at Eagle River Staging area at 12:00pm.  Please RSVP your attendance.  ASA has graciously donated our lunch on the trail and the Eagle River Casino has donated Appies at the Eagle River Casino after the ride.

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