Last Update January 30, 2016
Due to lack of snow on wheat fields
Thursday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Buffet Breakfast served from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday's and Sunday's
Poker Rally Date set for 2016
February 27, 2016
I am not sure what has happened this year, but it seems that a small minority of you need to take a course in safe sledding. As a Snowmobile Safety Training Instructor, I and all the other OFSC instructors province wide, spend 6 hours in a classroom teaching mostly 12 -16 yr olds the rules for safe driving. I know in our district, because so much of our trails are on farm property, we spend a lot of time talking about trespassing, driving on closed trails and the dangers and pitfalls of riding off trail. I don’t know what you are thinking, but it seems that as soon as you turn the ignition key on your sled, your brains go into “dumb mode”. Quite a few clubs lost trail last year, and it looks it’s happening again this year. All due to off trail riding or riding on closed trails. We can’t make you attend a training course, but here are some of the questions I ask in the course …
Do you know how many hours are spent on setting up and taking down the trails? ? This includes cleaning up the trash thrown on the trail.
Did you know that it is all volunteer work? Do you realize that the volunteers all work and do this on their time off? Did you know that their employers aren’t going to let them miss a day of work because you want the trails in perfect condition when you want to ride, regardless of what day of the week this is or whether we have had a storm?
Do you realize that clubs have to pay for crop damage – probably with funds from a fundraising event (Poker Rally, Wing Nite, etc) & that money was most likely earmarked for trail work, buying gates etc.?
Do you realize that every year, club members have to meet face to face with the landowners & ask for permission to set a trail across their land? How do you think that conversation goes when they have crop damage?
Do you know landowners aren’t paid to allow trails on their land?
& Lastly – BUY A PERMIT!
Do you know how much a groomer costs?
Do you know the cost of stakes, brushing, equipment rentals, etc ?
What do you think pays for all of that?
If you are out there riding without a permit, you are not only TRESPASSING, but you are freeloading on the back of everyone who bought one. We bought a permit to help pay for the above, and to keep the sport alive.
So PLEASE, let’s all work together to keep this wonderful and fun sport viable. It’s not going to last with the “me first” attitude. Believe me, it’s getting harder and harder to find land to set trails on – landowners talk among themselves & so far this winter, it can’t be positive.
Let’s set an example for these young sledders & keep the sport going for them and all the others following behind them. It’s going to take all of us working together to do this. If you see someone doing something illegal, say something! If you see someone riding without a permit, say something!
Let’s keep hoping for more snow so we can all get out and enjoy this great sport!
Mari-Clare Saunders Master Instructor District 9
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