Volunteer hours build a strong snowmobile club in Tumbler Ridge

Club president Adam Court gives of his time and energy to promote the sport he loves

by Trish Drinkle

Adam's son, Mason Court.
Adam's son, Mason Court. Photo by Adam Court

Hard-working, motivated and extremely active, Adam Court believes in club involvement. Court is the president of the Tumbler Ridge Ridge Riders snowmobile club.  

“Clubs provide a voice and a presence that protects and preserves riding areas," Court said. "Without this presence we could find ourselves without areas to ride, as pressures from industry and environmental groups are a reality.”

A mine technician and surveyor, Court uses his professional skills to facilitate map building and understanding of land issues to help his club stay strong. This well-informed, passionate volunteer takes the time to reach out to newbies in an attempt to grow the sport of snowmobiling. He is a key organizer for the Tumbler Ridge destination for the Tracks for Cancer ride. Having lost an aunt to cancer, this is a cause dear to his heart. He arranges accommodation, donations and food for the Tracks for Cancer riders, Stephanie Schwartz and Darcie Downey.

Trails for kids

Tumbler Ridge volunteers have developed an extensive network of more than 300 kilometres of trails, all of which are well mapped and accessible. Court is often seen in the club-owned groomer, creating a wonderful, smooth trail system for all to enjoy. The 1972 Bombardier groomer has a bumper sticker that reads “This groomer doesn’t run on love.” 

While he may not spend much time on the groomed trails, preferring to ride off the beaten path, Court knows the many families getting into the sport of snowmobiling rely on a groomed trail for safety and accessibility. 

“Families matter,” said Court. "When we embrace families into the sport of snowmobiling, everyone wins." 

Court enjoys spending time with his six-year-old son, Mason, snowmobiling and enjoying the backcountry. He also helped organize a kids' colouring contest for the Tumbler Ridge Ridge Riders logo. The $100 prize money was split between two children, who were beyond thrilled to participate in the contest.  

Court takes safety and stewardship very seriously. On his to-do list for the Tumbler Ridge club is an avalanche skills training (AST) 1 class as well as basic backcountry safety, helping everyone to ride prepared. 

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