UPDATED: Friday Feb. 27th, 2015, 8:00 a.m.
Wed. Feb 25th Meeting - Highlights
- Operations account $29K, Permit account $19K
- New Holland - cost $11K to repair tracks and $3K for new tires. Hopefully all is good now.
- BR2000 - many issues these past weeks. BR1998 on loan from ASPA. All three out grooming
- we still need an operator to take the 4x4 You Are Here Sign out to the "Y"
- issues with the impact but after taking it apart - it seems to be working
- Club Fun Run - Meet at the Strathclair staging area at 9am on Saturday March 7th - we will be riding from there to the 4 corners, to Roxys in Havilland, back to the 4 corners and finally to Boots for a late lunch. Hands are $10 each and you can purchase as many as you want. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and some of the proceeds will be retained by the club.
- Radar Run - March 28th - details being determined
- 50th Anniversary of the Club coming up this fall - anyone want to plan a party?
- Wind-up party time coming up in April - anyone have any suggestions?
- Congratulations to Landon Odem for pushing that extra mile and taking the funds raised in the Sault up and over the $40K mark - making us the #1 fundraiser in the entire province of Ontario - way to go Landon! Snowarama will be scheduled one week earlier in 2016 in order to miss the I-500 weekend and the start up of Bon Soo.
- From the sounds of it - the Yamaha ride was an adventure for all involved. If your name was Shawn - your sled blew up. If you were originally a McNeely, you are now a McTreely and Darrell is out a few bucks. If you thought the "Twelve Day of Christmas" was a good song - you should hear Greg Longs version of the "Twelve days of grooming" - something the participants got to enjoy over and over again - thanks Greg! Bottom line - a ton of pictures and videos were taken and the visitors were blown away by the fabulous trails on the challenging terrain that we have to groom on.
- ASPA - the brushing of the Mashagama trail is complete and with any luck - will be good for another 10 years. Thanks ASPA!
- Halfway Haven will be open next year. We need to get busy and apply to the OFSC for permission to add another 120km to our trails. People are also working on getting Chapleau back in business so that we can retain some loops. Garnet is also working on a SSM to Hearst loop.
- We are first on the list in District 13 for a new groomer - possibly two and Bruce is helping to push hard for us. We will need to have a trade in, as well as some funds from ASPA in order for this to happen. In the meantime - the directors need to talk about what kind of groomer we are looking for. There is an 8' drag in Elliot Lake that we need floated to town.
- Radar Run - Nick to work with John on details, tickets, pricing, classes (kids, powder-puff, stock, modified?) etc. John wants either Bobby's or Tim's pull behind a sled groomer out there. Rivercity to donate trophies. Liability insurance is $443 - we need donations or a sponsor.
- Do we want to resurrect the old Stag and Doe - complete with sled displays from all 4 makes, and try to raise some funds for a new groomer?? Do it prior to the early bird deadline of November 1st and play up the 50th anniversary of our club??
- 5th Line Staging area - not happening due to neighbour opposition
- Club furnace - Darrell has secured a 5 year old furnace that he will now try to get installed upstairs in the club house - thank you Darrell.
- Thank you to Leo, Garnet, Bobby, Greg, Dan, John and Brandon Lemieux for all of the work they have been doing on the groomers.
- Shannon Deluco is now a qualified instructor and her and Jenna are planning on scheduling one more course in March. Thank you to both for hosting the February 21st course.
- Jack Breckenridge underwent surgery for a type of cancer and is currently in hospital for 4 days. Our thoughts are with you Jack and we wish you all the best.
Groomers are Up-and-Running
Thanks to the continued perseverance by hard-working volunteers, 2 of the Club Groomers are back up-and-running. Tremendous graditude goes out to Bob, Garnet, Leo, Dan, Brandon, Greg and John, who challenged and endured the cold elements, to make this happen.
In addition, ASPA District 13 has lent the Club a Groomer. Therefore, 3 Groomers are now available for trail coverage.
Sault Trailblazers is a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers of our community and region.
Highlights from the Yamaha Ride 2015
Norm Pitt Memorial Ride - A Very Nice Turnout
Thank you to all who participated in the 3rd Annual Norm Pitt Memorial ride.
Trailside BBQ - A Great Success
Despite the cold temps, we held our Trailside BBQ this past Sunday and I would like to say a very special thank you to those that helped me out.
To Bobby - for grooming the area and hauling the pallets in. For bringing the big box of kindling and for cutting down the monster tree for fire wood and for seats around the fire. You are the best Bobby!
To Leo DiFabio for hauling in endless loads of firewood and for starting and taking care of the fire all day long for us.
To Dan and Julie See for the use of your sleigh, for hauling it in for us and for ALL the help setting up and tearing down. It was a long cold day, thank you for sticking it out with us.
To Tim, for everything. The endless hours that you spend helping me with these events is greatly appreciated!!
And finally to the riders that came out and joined us - making it worth all of the effort. It was a great turn out and made for another memorable Trailblazer event!
Bon Soo Kids Rides
Snowarama 2015 and Bon Soo 2015
Despite hosting two events on the Feb 7th-8th weekend, we had volunteers turn out in record numbers!
For Saturdays Snowarama event I would like to thank Ray and Effie Lavallee and Mike and Janice Brassard for providing all of the participants in the "Timmy" run with a place to warm up, some refreshments and great conversation.
Sunday we hosted the Bon Soo kids rides down at the Mill Market site and I can't begin to say thank you enough to all of the volunteers, the businesses and the support that all came together to make the event a huge success.
A huge thank you to Rivercity Motorsports for donating three brand new helmets as well as the use of three sleds for our riders.
Thank you to Christie Campers for the donation of a warm up trailer - something we were all thankful for when we got cold!
Thank you to my husband - who took care of everything - collecting, packing, hauling, setup and teardown etc. etc. Add to that the 56 miles that he toured around and around the ever increasingly rough trail - what a great guy!!
Thank you to Ray and Effie for feeding all of us - again! This club would be lost without your continued participation!
And to the volunteers - thank you, thank you, thank you. You helped put a lot of smiles on little faces yesterday!
Aaron Chapman, Leo DiFabio, Julie See, Andrew Nelson, Alison Verdecchia, Sonya Portengen, Dwayne Phillips, Dillan Maahs, Darrell Maahs, Brandon Lemieux, Jenna VanHoek, John Breckenridge, Mary Orlando, Madison, Kevin Schwantz, Carson Fischer along with daughters Sara and Allison and grandson Hunter, Mark, Bobby McKee, Jessica Halcrow, Brandon Deluco and Mike Brassard.
Thank you to the club members that came out in support: Cecil Maahs, Greg Long, Garnet and Arlyne Greenwood.
Thank you to Jack Breckenridge for dropping by with 2 helmets for our use.
Finally - thank you to the 2 police officers Mark Cates and Shawn Bauleau, the 2 OPP officers Don Middleton and Jason Ferguson and the MNR Conservation officer Mike Hamilton.
In all - we were about 38 strong, up from 24 in 2013 and 19 in 2012 - way to go Trailblazers!
Snowarama 2015 - From Sault Rotary Club
Sault Ste. Marie is one incredible community! 125 snowmobile enthusiasts came together today on behalf of Easter Seals Ontario for the 40th anniversary of Snowarama. A beautiful day! Perfect temperatures; tremendous trails (thank you, Sault Trailblazers!), and a little bit of fresh snow like icing on the cake. Total dollars raised on behalf of children and youth with physical disabilities: over $38,800!
Thank you to all our sponsors, venues and volunteers who make this day possible! One great day!!
Trailblazette Newsletter - Feb 2015
For your enjoyable reading pleasure, the 3rd Issue of the 2015 Trailblazette Newsletter is now available for download from this website and is located in the News and Info section. A huge thank you to Shawn Greenwood for taking the lead in preparing another great edition of the newsletter. Readers always look forward to the Trailblazette. Very much appreciated Shawn.
Sault Trailblazers on their way to Dunlop Lodge in Elliot Lake.
Sault Trailblazers at Dunlop Lodge in Elliot Lake.
Sault Trailblazers on their way to Dunlop Lodge in Elliot Lake. Photo courtesy of Marty Verdecchia
Sault Trailblazers on their way to Dunlop Lodge in Elliot Lake. Photo courtesy of Marty Verdecchia
Greg and Garnet at the Bonfire Ride in Heyden
Live from the BonFire Ride at the Breckenridge's Home in Heyden - 8 p.m
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For Immediate Release
Algoma Country’s District 13 Snowmobile Trails Have Won the Early Season Power Tour Contest!
Yamaha and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership (OTMPC) will be bringing Yamaha Canada’s
Snowmobile Power Tour to Algoma Country for two days of riding on the first trails to open this year in
Click Here for the complete Press Release
Greg, Mary, Mady, Chris and John on the D201F Trail
Aubrey Falls Trading Post - Open this Winter
Aubrey Falls Trading Post is now under new management. They are open Thursday-through-Sunday during the snowmobile season and have full service lodging, restaurant, gas, store & gift shop and can accommodate snowmobile's all season. Quote "We are very excited to help create a great snowmobile season for all your members".
Black Creek Outfitters - Open this Winter
Black Creek Outfitters is open all winter and provide fuel, accomodations and light meals. Each cabin includes Hot & Cold Running water, Refrigerator, stove and propane heater. Cabins 2,3 & 4 have three piece bathrooms included. checkout http://www.blackcreekoutfitters.ca/ for pictures and more details about each cabin or call 705 841-2555 and chat with Jean, Don and Donnie.
Seasonal Trail Passes Available Locally
Seasonal Permits are availlable at:
- Hi-Way Variety
- RiverCity MotorSports
- Premier Yamaha
- Goulais River Country Store
- Sault Trailblazers Office (Seasonals and Classics)
*** NOTE: 3 and 7 Day Passes can only be purchased Online via the OFSC website this year. Clubs and local retailers will not have them.
Regular Clubhouse Office Hours: Thu-Fri-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
The Clubhouse Office is open Thu-Fri-Sat from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m daily throughout the Snowmobiling Season.
Should you require assistance or information, please call: (705) 759-0023
A new addition for riders for 2014 / 15 is MountainView Lodge. Located on the Searchmont highway at Northland, this very picturesque lodge will be open for both food and accommodations. Brennan and crew have a trail available that comes in from the Ranger Lake road at the Glendale / ACR tracks intersection. They can be reached at 705 781-3329.
Blueberry Hill Motel - Goulais
Blueberry Hill will be open for business as usual this winter. They offer room rentals, campsites and their property as a Staging location. Breakfast is included with room rentals. Please feel free to contact Diane and Staff for more information. They are available at 705 649 5631.
One More Gas Station Closed
Goulais River is unfortunately down to 2 fuel stations. Regretfully, the Goulais River General Store, located on highway 552 west recently closed, therefore no more fuel. However, Goulais River Country Store on Highway 17 and Timberland also on Highway 17 have fuel.
The club has been informed that Halfway Haven will not be open this winter, therefore, no groomed trail on the top section of the Ranger N/W and Powerline. The Whitman / Domtar trails will be groomed and not affected.
Roxy's Lakeside Grill - Haviland
Roxy's is offering 10% off any meal to snowmobilers. Roxy's is also offering their parking lot this winter as a Staging area for those who wish to launch from Haviland. Fuel is also available 2 doors over from Roxy's. For more information, please contact Dave, Roxanne and Staff at 705 649-5912.
Shuttle Service - Catalina Motel
Catalina Motel, in Sault Ste. Marie, is once again offering snowmobile train tour packages and shuttle service to and from the staging area. Catalina Motel also provides International Sled Shuttle service into and out of United States via International Bridge. For additonal information, please contact Dean at (705) 945-9260.
There is NO fuel available in Searchmont. Plan your trips accordingly.
Please call the Clubhouse at 705 759-0023 to get your name on the list for Driver Training, leave a message if you are not able to reach the staff.
Fuel Availability - February 2015
Fuel is available in Goulais, Haviland, Aubrey Falls Trading Post, Black Creek Outfitters, Airport Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Echo Bay and Bruce Mines. There is no fuel available in Heyden or Searchmont at this time. Please plan your trips with fuel availability in-mind.
Goulais to Searchmont is 36 kms (22.5 miles). Searchmont to Aubrey Falls Trading Post and Black Creek Outfitters is 150 kms (94 miles), Therefore, Goulais to Aubrey Falls & Black Creek Outfitters is 186 kms (116.5 miles), Please plan your trips with fuel supply and availability in-mind.
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