Congratulations Dave Newbury on National Award


“Outstanding Groomer Operator of the Year”

 Congratulations Dave Newbury for your National Award from the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organization (CCSO).  In 2020, Mr. Newbury was nominated by the Whitecourt Trailblazers Club and won the Outstanding Groomer of the Year from the Alberta Snowmobile Association.  The ASA then forwarded the award to the National level and he was awarded the prestigious National Award for his outstanding volunteer efforts.  

Mr. Newbury has been a volunteer with the Whitecourt Trailblazers since 2009.  Prior to joining, he was having a friendly conversation with Mr. Ken Linford and was asked what he was up to – Dave’s response was “nothing”.  Ken asked him to come trail cleaning and he has been our super volunteer ever since.  

Mr. Newbury is an integral part of the Trail Maintenance and Grooming Team. Dave can be found on the trails throughout the year on any given day. Dave loves the great outdoors and would love to live in a cabin in the woods, if Peggy would move with him. Monthly, we keep track of our recorded volunteer hours for funding and other stats. Amazingly, we have a separate column in our report just for Dave. He volunteers on an annual average of over 300 hours (he reports on), but we know it is well over +400 hours. He works on the trail system installing signs, benches, repairing sheds or working on the snow cats, club truck or any other items that need attending too. Dave is one of our handymen. He can fix pretty much anything. Not only is he really good at fixing, but he is a well organized and a detailed man. He takes a lot of pride in what he does and wants to always do it well and by the book.

Dave is not new to volunteering. For over 50 years, he was involved in Minor Hockey in many capacities, coaching, on the board, a past president, a part of the senior’s hockey, Senators and refereed and for a number of years. A passion of his as well, he has been involved in golf and was an avid golfer for many years. For a few years, Dave has been riding and fundraising for the Ride to Conquer Cancer – a 200 km bike ride in southern Alberta. Thank you Dave for your community involvement! On behalf of the Trailblazers THANKS so much for EVERYTHING! you do for us. Over and above all the time!!

Congratulations to our Sled Winner – Cory Martin of Spruce Grove


Cory picked up the sled today. He was a very happy dude.

Rally Time!


It’s been a couple of years and we are excited to host our 2022 Rally.  Two ways to register – Online with a chance to win $500 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2022-whitecourt-trailblazers-annual-family-rally-tickets-246756103147 or come and visit us in the Gazebo at Westward Community Centre or Eagle River Staging Area. 

Here is the Rally Route:

Print here: WTB-Rally2022-Map8.5×11-v1.pdf



A big thank you to Riderz for supplying and discounting this amazing sled. We cannot wait to give it away on February 20th – 4:30pm. We have been anticipating it’s arrival since last spring when we snow checked it. Thanks to Whitecourt Service Centre for picking it up for us. It’s finally here!!!!!! https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/whitecourttsc

Rally Family Day Weekend – Updates


We are pleased to advise you that our trails are holding up well. The trails are packed down with a great base. There are some icy patches in the lower snow areas with very few south facing bare patches. We have had reports that the trails are rideable and it’s great to be out. Looking at the weather forecast, which is ever changing and not written in stone, looks like we will have snow everyday starting Monday with cooler temperatures this week. Let’s pray it happens.

We are sharing our tentative route, but it may change based on snow levels and trails conditions. Unfortunately we have had to change our routes already. Designated North Route is approx 50 kms and South Route is approx 60kms.

If you haven’t heard we will be hosting a weiner roast at the Westward Centre on Saturday (12:00pm to 4:00pm) and Sunday (12:00pm – 4:30pm). The hot dogs are sponsored by the Town of Whitecourt. In addition, we will be doing prize presentations at 4:00pm and Sunday the Sled Draw will be at 4:30pm.

Reminder to register online for your chance to win $500.  Online registration was set up when restrictions were dictating how we sell tickets.  We cannot change our ticket types, however we ask that you pick your day, the route and times are flexible just choose 1, go either route and time as you wish the day of.  Thanks for your patience in that regard. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2022-whitecourt-trailblazers-annual-family-rally-tickets-246756103147

Thanks to those fellows who have been trail cleaning ongoing throughout the winter. It is never ending. Thanks to Don who always goes above and beyond.

Pictures taken Friday Feb 11, 2022

Rally – Westward Community Centre – Hot Dogs and prize presentations


Great news, we will be offering free hotdogs at the Westward Community Centre (Hwy 32 s – 8kms) sponsored by the Town of Whitecourt both Saturday and Sunday! We will have a fire pit with picnic tables and an opportunity to wind down from your ride. You are welcome to hang out as long as you want. Outhouses onsite. 12:00pm to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Prizes will be drawn at 4:00pm each day with the weekend wrap up being the sled draw on Sunday at 4:30pm! It’s going to be an exciting draw!! We can’t wait to draw the name of the sled winner

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