Snomads Update January 1, 2022

Nopiming Sno-mads Update January 1, 2022

Happy New Year Sno-mads,

Let’s hope that 2022 brings us back to more normal times!

Please get your Snoman raffle tickets sold and returned to Blaine at the lodge as soon as possible. We need to have all tickets and money collected by January 15th.

As you can see from the Snoman interactive map, our club has been hard at work clearing trail, signing, and grooming. We have had unusually good weather for making ice and a healthy amount of snow. All of this say that all our trails are now open except for the portion of trail 230 west of highway 314. Can anyone remember having this much of our trail system open before New Year’s Day?

One of the major reasons we can open this much trail so early is our new Kubota RTV X1100C with our recently fabricated class B drag. The Kubota and class B drag are light enough to travel on 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) of ice and so we can begin grooming operations earlier in the season. While the Class B drag does not have the weight and width of a class A drag it does a decent job of grooming our trails. We like to think that if doing nothing is a 0 out of 10, and a class A groomed trail is a 10 out of 10, then the class B drag gives us a 7 out of 10 groomed trail. For those of us that like to use our trails as much as possible, this is certainly a huge step up from waiting for mother nature to deliver us 16 inches (40.6 centimeters) of ice to safely use a Class A drag.

Another one of our strategies, which we call “Avoiding Water Hazards” is also paying huge dividends. The strategy is simple in that we have been rerouting our trails around beaver ponds; using pond levelers to help control flooding; and culverts to maintain natural water flow and prevent ice damming. Phase 1 of Avoiding Water Hazards was to be able to use our large class A groomers on trail 233, and a portion of 231 to Mary Jane Lake without the risk of travelling on dangerous beaver ponds. We are happy to report that we are currently grooming 75 kilometers of our 360 kilometers trail using our class A drags. With continued support from Conservation and Climate, we hope to expand this strategy into other areas of our trail system.

Anyone using our trails has certainly seen the work that mother nature created when we had an early and wet snowfall in November. There are many downed trees and a jungle of willows bent over and blocking our trails. Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers we have been able to clear most of our trails. We recognize that this back breaking work that no ones like to do and so we have been looking at mechanical brushing options for the future. Stay tuned for more information on this subject as we work towards bringing forward a recommendation to our executive committee.

One of the areas still to be brushed is trail 230 east of highway 314. We will be working on that trail in the coming weeks so if anyone is interested in helping, please contact Rob Martineau or Rene Ritchot. Speaking of trail 230, we are collaborating with Conservation and Climate, Snoman, and a mining company on sharing a portion of what is called the Trans License Road from highway 314 heading towards Donner Lake. The objective is to allow sharing of the road between snowmobiles and mining vehicles/equipment. Everyone agrees that safety is paramount and so we will be doing additional work to ensure that we can use this portion of the trail as safely as possible.

For those of you wanting to purchase Nopiming Sno-mads winter wear, don’t forget to put your order in as soon as possible. The catalogue was sent out in an earlier e-mail but is also available on the Nopiming Sno-mads website at


Nopiming Sno-mads Executive

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