Manitoba Club News: Thunder & Ice Snowmobile Club

by Gavin Clark, president

The Thunder & Ice Snowmobile Club's trails have unmatched beauty.
The Thunder & Ice Snowmobile Club's trails have unmatched beauty.

We have about 360 kilometres of groomed trails that serve the communities of Kenton, Oak River, Hamiota, Miniota, Birtle, Shoal Lake, Oakburn, Elphinstone, Sandy Lake and Onanole. Throughout our trail network and communities, we have some wonderful scenic trails, restaurants and hotels to stop and eat at or even stay for a weekend.

Previously, we had three warming shelters in various locations on our trails, and we are pleased to announce that we are adding three more to our trails, which will complete our plans to have enough warming shelters on our trails placed appropriately. The three new shelters are being added in the following areas of Kenton, Beulah (between Birtle and Miniota) and the Sandy Lake/Onanole area. There is a lot volunteer work that goes into making this possible, and we hope everyone enjoys the shelters as great places to stop and eat, warm up or just visit and maybe even make some new friends. In the case of these three new shelters, there was also a lot of financial support from the community, making it possible to achieve our goals on this project. A big thank you goes out to all the individuals and businesses who supported these efforts and made it possible.

When you are riding our trails, you will find all of the trails signed to Snoman standards, which are easy to follow and find. Also, our groomer, the BR350 Sno-Cat, and the Mogul Master skid it pulls leave a wonderful 14-foot-wide groomed trail with each pass, making it, I believe, the widest groomed trail in the province that is done in one single pass.

As president, I would like to extend the invitation to all of you folks to please come out and enjoy our trails this winter, the warm hospitality from our local communities and everything they have to offer. If you are looking for more information at any time, many of our board members’ contact information can be found on our local club maps, by calling/emailing myself or by looking us up on Facebook. You can contact me at [email protected]. We look forward to meeting everyone on the trails this winter.

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