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Lack of snow causing delay of opening of Preeceville area trails

Snowmobile season shortened much to the frustration echoed by avid snowmobilers and the local snowmobile club.
The Roughrider Snowmobile Club declares most trails closed dur to lack of snow and inability to groom trails.

PREECEVILLE — The lack of snow has many local snowmobilers frustrated, including the Roughrider Snowmobile Club of Preeceville.

“Our members have been out and about checking and dragging the trails to assess the conditions,” stated Corwin Tonn, president. “Unfortunately, things are still not looking good. Some areas are OK, most are not good. Hazards are not covered enough and the trails are not safe to proceed with signing and grooming.

“Our trails will remain closed until further notice. We would like to remind riders that landowner permission is not in place until the trails are open. At this time, none of our trails are open, therefore no landowner access has been granted and snowmobiles should not be on private property without proper permission.

“This includes the opening/cutting/driving over fences and gates. They are there for a reason. Please respect our landowners. Without them there would be no snowmobile club, trails, or shelters.”

The Rough Rider Snowmobile Club is looking for interested individuals who would like to help out and get involved in the club in any way.

The club is responsible for the grooming of over 300 km of groomed trails that travel from Preeceville to Lintlaw, northeast of Lintlaw to the rangers cabin, north to Endeavour, Usherville and Ushta up to the reserve, back to Preeceville and to Sturgis and Crystal Lake and back to Preeceville.

“The entire trail system takes us approximately three days to completely groom,” said Tonn.

In addition to Tonn, executive members are: Dreyton Paul, vice-president; Jason Feeley, treasurer; and Sandra Johnson, secretary. Travis Michaluk is responsible for grooming trails.