Our cover photo for Winter 2016-2017

Reflections on the sport and the story behind our current cover photo

by Kirsten Armleder

A snowmobiler on a black sled going around a corner on a trail.
There were 175 participants on the 2016 Sled for Eternity ride in Woodbridge, Manitoba. With the help of corporate sponsors like FXR Racing, they managed to raise $150,000 for the Adult & Teen Challenge Society of Central Canada. Douglas Portz Photography

As the winter 2016-2017 issue of SnoRiders magazine came together, we took some time to reflect on all the amazing things done by snowmobilers across Western Canada. The countless hours spent grooming trails, fixing equipment, maintaining cabins and meeting with government came to mind. And that’s not even the half of it.

Snowmobilers also use their sport as an excuse to give back. A great example is the annual Sled for Eternity ride in Manitoba. This charitable event has raised over $500,000 for addiction recovery programs offered by the Adult & Teen Challenge Society of Central Canada.

The event, which is now in its 10th year, has been such a success that other branches of Teen Challenge are helping local snowmobile clubs host it. Last year, for example, there was a Sled for Eternity ride in Thunder Bay, Ontario; in Wasilla, Alaska; and in Woodridge, Manitoba—which is where our cover photo was taken.

In 2017, there will be three rides taking place in Manitoba and one in B.C. You can go to our events page to learn more about the B.C. ride. But before you do please take a moment to think about the impact snowmobiling has had on your life and what you can do to give back. It could be organizing a fundraiser, or something as simple as buying a trail pass.

With that in mind, here’s to the people, the places and the adventure of it all. Here’s to ringing in 2017 on your braaapmobile. 

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