Local Clubs Working Hard to Open Trails

Local Clubs Working Hard to Open Trails

Snowmobile Clubs throughout the Algoma District have been hit hard by the two ice storms earlier this month and member volunteers are working tirelessly to clear trails in an attempt to get them open.

Local Clubs Working Hard to Open Trails
photos provided by Bruce Mines Sno Glyders Snowmobile Club

Downed trees across the trails, along with large branches frozen into the ground and standing trees bent over are what these clubs are dealing with for kilometers at a time. Leah Anne McMillan VP of the The Bruce Mines Sno Glyders reports that, “Our volunteers have worked tirelessly to remove them, however one can only do so much before they are burnt out...That is where we are at right now.”

Kevin Ibbitson of the SJI Voyageurs reports the same situation on St. Joseph Island. He is proud of the hard work done by club volunteers and has tracked over 600 hours of labour clearing the trails so far, and they still had to hire Karhi Contracting to come in with an excavator and do more work clearing. The local clubs affected by the storm have received $2000 in immediate assistance from Algoma Sno Plan Affiliation (ASPA) to hire equipment, but that is only a drop in the bucket and will not be sufficient to allow all the trails to open.  

Bruce Mines Sno Glyders have cleared two and almost a third trail completely by hand with volunteers using saws, chainsaws, axes and their hands and hired an excavator to go into our Wharncliffe (D134) trail to clear the trees away. The work has been completed, but they still need a lot of snow before the trail will be ready for an event like Snowarama and the clubs annual Poker Ride.

As a result of the trail conditions, the event committee decided it would be best to postpone the Snowarama event originally scheduled for January 25th, until February 22nd in hopes they’ll receive some much needed snow in that area.

Unfortunately it looks like without further funding from somewhere, the Sno Glyders will not be able to get their BM2 trail opened this year. They are actively seeking funding from wherever they can get it to assist in the opening of this well liked trail.

All clubs are asking riders to check out the Interactive Trail Guide on the OFSC website http://algomatrails.com/trails/trail-status/ to check the status of trails before they head out.

Local Clubs Working Hard to Open Trails
Trail Update as of 9am January 23rd on OFSC interactive map.