In heaven on white pavement with the Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders

by Keri Wanner

4 riders North of The Pas on Trail #12
North of The Pas on Trail No. 12. photo by Jamie Allen

The Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders work hard to stay involved with snowmobiling at a local and provincial level. But why should you come experience what The Pas, Manitoba, offers? Because the trails here provide a little slice of heaven while you ride some white pavement.

The Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders trail weaves its way around river bends and through the trees. Riders loop from bush trails to river banks, enjoying the heavenly scenery each trail has to offer. The trails are sprinkled with wildlife, providing photo ops with deer and moose. The perfect ride with the family travels around Clearwater Lake and loops through the bush trails in Clearwater Provincial Park. 

Snowmobilers looking for more adventure and kilometres can wind through the bush and swamps from lake to lake. Take a break and warm up at the Goose River Shelter. Depending on the adventure you seek, head towards the neighbouring trail system around Flin Flon or head home.

Offering up almost 350 kilometres of trail, the Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders work hard to provide well-maintained and signed snowmobile trails. With an average of two and a half to three feet of snow throughout the season, riders don’t have to worry about snow conditions. The edges of the lakes that surround the trails are filled with snow, enticing riders to get off the trail and let the snow fly over their helmets. All the trail systems wind together and connect to neighbouring snowmobile trail systems, providing plenty of fuel and snack stops along the way. 

When asked about his favorite spot on the trail, Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders president Dan Taylor didn’t hesitate.

“It’s all my favorite,” he said, as he described how the SnoMan trail system links with trails all the way to the southern Manitoba border and connects with the Minnesota snowmobile trail system. 

Riders call the trail system the “autobahn of the north,” encouraging the Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders to continue to make white pavement.

Winter blast

On March 8, 2014, head for The Pas and plenty of fun with the Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders Poker Derby and Winter Blast. The day is filled with riding and poker draws and the evening keeps participants busy with prizes, auctions, a supper and social and live entertainment. This 2014 event will host an elimination draw, leaving the last man standing with $1,000. During the supper and social, the Kelsey Trail Sno-Riders will wine and dine you with prime rib and garlic shrimp, then get you on your feet for an evening filled with dancing.

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