Club volunteers have been very proactive in the off season to ensure that our groomer/drag & trails will be ready for the upcoming season. The groomer drag was completely over hauled, painted, groomer maintenance has been completed & ready for the upcoming season. A big thanks to Clair & his guys!!! Bruce has been very busy with his group, clearing trails, overseeing trail projects & planning new ones. That's just to mention a few behind the scenes activities that were completed over the off season.
The club has secured two new staging areas for parking & unloading your sleds. One is at the Chalk River Industrial Park & the other is the parking lot beside the Rolphton Esso. So now all we need is some cooperation from old man winter!!!
ITS TIME(Karen Crain)
I cannot believe that its this time of year again, the sleds will be soon out on the trails & another season is about to begin. Its been 4 years since I took the big plunge and moved full time to this beautiful area. Don't know where the time has gone, but I have been very fortunate to have met a wonderful group of friends through volunteering with the NRSA.
SNOWMOBILE TIPS FOR PACKING TRAILS
Before the groomer is taken out for the first time of the year, club members will be busy ensuring that the trails are packed with their sleds. So after talking with a few members I thought it might be helpful to give a few tips for packing the trails.
Packing a trail with a snowmobile is easy, but there are a few tricks to producing the desired smooth trail.
Pack at a slow speed since snowmobiles lose directional control as speed increases.
Second, pack in several passes. Start by packing the extreme side of the trail and work towards the opposite side with each pass.
Packing an entire trail width once is usually adequate.
Use any type of snowmobile for packing.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our groomer operators for a superb job keeping our trails in tip top shape last season. The groomer was out on the trails for the first time on December 14 and the last trip was on March 15. The total grooming hours for last season was 484 hours. We had 13 operators of which 3 are new operators & 2 are standby operators.
Hats off to our groomer coordinator (Clair Cox) & operators:
Clair Cox, Andrew Ahokas, Bruce Boucher, Nelson Childs, Jim Cook, Robert Gervais, Mike Hunter, John King, Mini LaSalle, Bernie MacCambridge, Glen Miller, John Montin, Derrick Reynolds
The executive decided that it was time to start to recognizing our volunteers. So at the volunteer appreciation dinner held earlier this summer, the club took this opportunity to present a new initiative to recognize grass root members with life time memberships. Congratulations to Ricelle Labine, Bernie MacCambridge, Pat Labine & George Leaky.
Trails are starting to take shape after the July 17 storm, lots of trees were broken off & uprooted. The club were successful in securing approximately 55K in provincial tourism grant dollars for storm damage repairs & trail improvements to the TOPS A trail.
The other project that the grant money helped with, was the culvert installations on the TOPS A trail (Deep River section). A big thank you to all our volunteers, who were instrumental in helping secure the provincial tourism grant.
Please visit our photo section under Season 2011/2012 for detailed pictures of these projects.