A quick dip in the temperature and snow flying puts a smile on the face of snowmobiling enthusiasts in this province so it’s a safe bet machines will be hitting the trails before long.
Bob Blundon, chairperson of Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobiling Federation, is among the snowmobiling enthusiasts who is eager to get back on the snow.
Blundon said the federation is coming off a great year where the sale of trail passes continued to climb and snowmobilers were busy having fun checking out the groomed trails.
Blundon is happy to see snow falling in November because the sooner sleds can hit the trails the better it is for all hands.
He said the federation is in great shape and will be focused on increasing the number of groomers in the fleet this winter with the organization in the process of purchasing a new groomer for the Deer Lake area coming as a great start.
He said his group has carried out a large percentage of the repairs to damage done to the trails from last winter’s crazy storm in January and he’s upbeat about what the future holds for snowmobilers this season.
“Everybody is exciting about getting on the snow again,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll have another good season on the trails.”
The following is a list of the top priorities for the federation this winter:
Continuing growth in the numbers when it comes to trail pass sales
Revitalizing the groomer fleet by acquiring new groomers for various snowmobile clubs across the province
Completion of repairs to the damaged areas from last year’s storm
Approval of funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to help with the purchase of new groomers and equipment, and also help with trail development
Taking a serious look at making changes to the trail system in an effort to make them user-friendly for all terrain vehicles because it’s something that has been bounced around for a couple of years
Exploring the idea of organizing all-terrain vehicles on the island