Despite some mild weather that put trail preparation back following an early snowfall, the local Borderland Snowmobile Club is right on track for the upcoming season.
Club secretary Chad Jack said some of the tougher areas on trails already have been packed, giving them an advantage heading into the winter months.
“We had an early snowfall which got everyone excited, and we even got out with the equipment and started packing trails,” Jack noted in an e-mailed response to the Times.
“Then with the onslaught of the warm days and rain, that put us back a few steps but still ahead of the game with some of the swamps packed,” he added.
“Plans are to be out again with the groomers shortly and [to] get the base set up and ready for the next snowfall,” Jack explained.
“This will still put us ahead of schedule, as normally we don't get out until the new year.”
New for this season will be a club ride to Kenora to join one of its club rides, with the date for that still to be determined.
“We will be hosting the annual Wilderness Loop Ride, which takes place across the whole region,” noted Jack.
“This is a four-day ride, starting in Fort Frances, then [heads] to Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Atikokan, and then back to Fort Frances,” he remarked.
“This is a real adventure and is right around a 1,000-km round trip,” he enthused.
Jack said the dates for this ride will be set once the entire Wilderness Loop trail has been groomed by all the clubs.
“We're still planning on a club ride east to Atikokan, as well,” he added.
“We're always looking for ideas and assistance so if anyone wants to get involved, feel free to contact us at any time.”
Jack noted membership numbers are right on track, as well, as the club has the same group who always supports it and a few new members every year, which helps to keep the club growing.
“Permit dollars and volunteer hours are what make the trails happen and without that support, there would not be a trail system that is maintained as well as this one,” he stressed.
As for goals heading into the 2018 season, Jack noted the club will be looking for more helping hands.
“Our goals are to expand the membership and to get a few more volunteers to help out,” he remarked.
“Also this year, [there] will be more patrolling on the trails citing non-permit holders plus other trail infractions.”
For more information on the Borderland Snowmobile Club and its activities, visit www.borderlandsnowmobileclub.ca.
You also can contact the club via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org